Why is Joey Votto still on the Reds?
Joseph Daniel Votto deserves so much better than wasting away his talent for the perennial cellar dweller Cincinnati Reds. Over his decade long career in the Queen City, Votto has a slash of .313/.427/.541 with 254 home runs and 818 runs batted in. He has only gotten better with age too, slugging 33 home runs this season at the age of 33. He also leads the National League in WAR, walks, OBP, and OPS, but that’s just your average season for Votto. He is no slouch on defense either, as the Canadian is one of the most sure handed first basemen in the league, posting a .993 fielding percentage during his time in Cincinnati. With all of this talent possessed by Votto, it begs the question, “Why in the hell is Joey Votto still on the Reds?”
The Reds have not always been trash with Votto manning first base. From 2010 – 2013, Dusty Baker led Cincinnati to two NL Central titles, including 97 wins in the 2012 campaign. This was when Joey Votto really began to shine. He took home NL MVP honors in 2010, hitting .324/.424/.600 to go along with 37 home runs and 113 runs batted in. Unfortunately, the Reds could never make it past the first round and baseball fans missed out on being able to see Votto perform on a big-time stage.