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Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto finalist for 2017 NL MVP Award


Joey Votto at plate in 2011 By Sideonecincy on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

Reds 1B Joey Votto is a finalist for the BBWAA’s National League Most Valuable Player Award. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

As a finalist, Votto will finish in the MVP Award voting’s Top 3 for the third time and in the Top 7 for the sixth time (finished first in 2010, sixth in 2011, 14th in 2012, sixth in 2013, third in 2015 and seventh in 2016).

In 2017 was a National League All-Star for the fifth time…also for the fifth time was a finalist for the prestigious Hank Aaron Award…for the second time is a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen.

Was the only player in the Major Leagues to produce at least 26 HR and 100 RBI while hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .500.

Led the Major Leagues by reaching base safely 321 times, breaking his own club record (319, 2015)…Col’s Charlie Blackmon reached base 288 times to rank second.

Led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, walks and intentional walks…tied KC’s Alcides Escobar for the Major League lead in games started (162).

Led the Major Leagues with a walks-to-strikeouts ratio of 1.61…LAD’s Justin Turner was second at 1.05 and LAA’s Mike Trout third at 1.04.

Led the National League in walks for the fifth time, in on-base percentage for the sixth time and in both categories in the same season for the fourth time…also led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Became the eighth player in history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 6 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9), Ty Cobb (7), Wade Boggs (6) and Stan Musial (6).

Became the first player in Reds history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBI, 300 total bases and 300 times on base…3 of the previous 5 Major League players to produce those numbers won the Most Valuable Player Award a total of 4 times (Mike Trout, Albert Pujols twice, Alex Rodriguez).

Joined Babe Ruth (1921, 1924, 1926, 1930) and Ted Williams (1941, 1942, 1949) as the only players in Major League history to produce in a season at least 179 hits, 36 HR and 134 walks with 83 strikeouts or fewer.

Joined Babe Ruth (35 in 1930) and Lou Gehrig (33 in 1936) as the only players in their age-33 seasons or older to produce at least 175 hits, 130 walks and a .450 on-base percentage…Votto turned 34 in September.

For the eighth time in his career hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of .400…for the fifth time produced at least 100 walks in a season.

Reached base safely in 150 of his 162 apps…in 107 apps reached base safely at least twice…in 51 apps reached base safely at least 3 times, tying his career high (2015).

His 29-game on-base streak from 7/26-8/26 included a stretch from 7/26-8/15 during which he reached base safely at least twice in 20 straight games, a franchise record and 1 shy of Ted Williams’ 1948 Major League record.

Appeared in 162 games for the second time in his career (2013) but became the first Reds player to start all 162 games in a non-strike year since Pete Rose in 1975…played first base in 1,391.2 of the team’s 1,430 innings.

Established a new franchise record by producing his fourth season OPS of at least 1.000 (1.024 in 2010, 1.041 in 2012, 1.000 in 2015, 1.032 in 2017).

With a 7.5 WAR as calculated by Baseball Reference ranked first among Major League first basemen and fourth among all position players (Jose Altuve 8.4, Aaron Judge 8.1, Giancarlo Stanton 7.6).

Among first basemen ranked second in the National League in fielding percentage…was the league leader in fielding percentage at first base through the first 154 games of the season, then committed 2 errors in his last 8 apps.




2017 Redsfest tickets currently on sale

FOX Sports Ohio Redsfest presented by PNC Bank will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 from 3 to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Downtown Cincinnati.

Redsfest is the largest team fan festival in all of MLB and includes autograph and photo booths with current and former Reds players, interactive games for fans of all ages, game-used and authentic memorabilia and much more.

More than 75 current players and coaches, Reds Hall of Famers, alumni and broadcasters are scheduled to attend including Joey Votto, Tucker Barnhart and Eric Davis plus the Reds’ top draft choices in 2016 and 2017, Nick Senzel and Hunter Greene.

The first 11,000 fans at Redsfest each day will receive a free Rosie Red ornament and drawstring bag.

Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 and younger. One-day tickets are $17 for adults and $7 for kids. Children three and under are admitted free.

With each two-day Redsfest admission purchased, fans will receive two free tickets to the Reds vs. Braves game on Tuesday, April 24. Fans purchasing a one-day Redsfest admission will receive one free ticket to the April 24th game.

Fans can purchase Redsfest tickets at:
• Great American Ball Park (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
• The Duke Energy Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 1 starting at 9 a.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 starting at 7 a.m.

Redsfest Bingo
The second annual Redsfest Bingo event will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. and features 18 bingo games. Each game includes prizes such as autographed memorabilia, Reds tickets and more. The final two games of the event will each feature $1,000 cash prizes. Advance registration and additional details at

Redsfest Celebrity Poker Tournament
The 12th annual Prestige Audio Visual & Creative Services Rick Steiner Celebrity Poker Tournament presented by Ashlee Fence will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a guaranteed $11,000 first prize. Fans can save $25 by registering before Nov. 16. Sign up at or (513) 765-7240.

For the most up-to-date information and additional details about Redsfest, including Autograph Opportunity Sweepstakes and Elite Pass Auctions, please visit

Sign up for Redsfest mobile updates by texting REDSFEST to 66128. Standard message and data rates apply.

For all the latest Redsfest info leading up to the event, fans can download the Ballpark app at

All proceeds from Redsfest benefit the baseball-themed outreach programs of the Reds Community Fund.




Dayton Flyers 110th season of Men’s Basketball begins tonight with Anthony Grant era vs. Ball State


Anthony Grant

The University of Dayton Flyers will commence the Anthony Grant era and their 110th season of basketball by hosting the Ball State Cardinals on Friday, Nov. 10.  The game will be carried by Spectrum Sports and is available with live streaming video, audio and stats at
•Dayton leads the all-time series 5-1.
•The Flyers have won the past four meetings with the last one on Jan. 5, 2010 (59-35) at UD Arena.
•The Flyers have won 12 consecutive opening games and 15 of their last 16.
•Dayton is 44-4 in home openers at UD Arena.
•Last time Dayton broke the 100-point scoring mark in a season opener was on Nov. 23, 1991 when UD defeated Austin Peay 101-94.
•The Flyers had a 23-game home-opener winning streak from 1969 to 1991.
•Dayton returns the seventh-fewest number of minutes played in Division I (2,020). Only Pitt (648), Kentucky (890), Austin Peay (1,392), Robert Morris (1,612), Iowa State (1,728), James Madison (1,881) and Chattanooga (1,909) have fewer.
•The Flyers finished 2016-17 in the NCAA Top 50 in scoring defense (48th), field goal defense (44th), 3-point field goal percentage (37th), assist-to-turnover ratio (31st), turnover margin (15th), turnovers forced (40th) and steals per game (27th).
•The 24 victories were tied for the 13th-most in a single season at Dayton.
•Dayton is one of 19 schools to have made the last four NCAA Tournaments.
•Since the start of the 2013-14 season, UD is 34-15 in games decided by five points or less.
•UD shot .493 from the floor in victories last year and .384 in its losses.
•The Flyers are 42-1 when limiting opponents to 60 points or less in the last five seasons and 8-0 this past year.
•UD has won 35 of its last 36 games when scoring 80-plus points.
•Dayton has won 43 of the last 50 games when three or more players score in double figures.
•The Flyers forced 10 or more turnovers all but one game this past year.

•Dayton heads to South Carolina to play in the 2017 Gildean Charleston Classic against the Hofstra Pride on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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