By now the baseball world knows that Joey Votto is the man for the Cincinnati Reds. He is their franchise player, their go-to guy. If you hand pick someone you don’t want to face with the game on the line in the ninth, it’s Votto for the Reds. His time with Team Canada and the spring games he has played for the Reds suggest that he is one hundred percent healthy and ready to go.
For the Reds, Votto is a leader and a good one. Recently they trailed by a substantial number in a game after Mike Leake was knocked around a little bit. All Votto did that game was go three for four with a homer and three RBI. The result was a nine to nine tie game. That is what Votto means to the Reds. If you wonder if he is worth a long term contract like he has after such a short time in the majors, you aren’t alone.
I have wondered that and honestly I thought the answer was possibly no just a short time ago. The more that I see the way he plays and the way the team feeds off of his game, it’s clear I was wrong. Votto is one of those players that you can say right now, barring injury, will be in the Hall-of-Fame one day. At least you can say that he should be one day. It’s up to Votto to go out and prove his worth however. The good news for Reds fans everywhere is that he does prove it day in and day out.