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Reds’ Votto wins MLB Network’s Face of Baseball title

Joey Votto (photo by Geoff Livingston, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto had star written all over him when he arrived in the Queen City in 2007.

The 29-year-old Canadian has lived up to the hype, with career totals of .316 batting average, 133 home runs, 822 hits, 457 RBI’s, a 3-time All-Star, NL MVP, NL Hank Aaron Award winner.

He is very popular with fans throughout baseball.

Recently, the MLB Network had a voting for the Face of Baseball title.

In the semifinals, Votto beat out another popular player, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. In the finals, Votto got past Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, by gaining 67 percent of the votes.


Info compiled from MLB Network, Radio & TV news

Dodgers reward Kemp with 8-year contract


Matt Kemp at bat August 2008 (photo by pvsbond via wikipedia commons)

Los Angeles Dodgers centerfielder Matt Kemp and the team agreed on a $160 million, eight-year contract.

The agreement is the richest in club history, eclipsing pitcher Kevin Brown’s $105 million, seven-year deal before the 1999 season.

Kemp, who is in contention to be the 2011 MVP, led the National League in homers (39) and RBI’s (126) this past season. He hit .324 with 40 stolen bases.

The 27-year-old Kemp has has had several honors come his way in 2011: NL All-Star, NL Home run champion, Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award, Hank Aaron Award, Baseball America Player of the Year and the 30-30 Club for 30 steals and 30 homers.


Info from staff, MLB & Los Angeles Dodgers news

Reds’ Votto received 2010 Lou Marsh Award during Toronto series

Joey Votto heads to dugout after receiving Lou Marsh Award ( photo)

In on-the-field ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto received the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.

The award is given annually to recognize Canada’s most outstanding athlete across all sports and was named in honor of Lou Marsh, a prominent athlete, referee and former sports editor of the Toronto Star at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2010 National League MVP, Votto hit .324 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases in leading the Reds to the Central Division championship. The left-handed hitting all-star ranked among the league’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories.

He led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs. right-handed pitching (.347), RBI ratio (4.8 at bats) and OPS (1.024). Among the NL batters in the prestigious Triple Crown categories he ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI’s.

The National League and Sporting News All-Star received the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter, the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds MVP and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award while being named Ontario Sports Legend Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year and Postmedia News Canadian Male Athlete of the Year.

Votto was ranked #1 in the Toronto Sun’s 2010 list of influential Canadian’s in baseball.

Only three Canadian-born baseball players have ever won the Lou Marsh Award, Votto, Larry Walker in 1998 and Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.

Other Marsh Award winners include: Sidney Crosby of hockey in 2007, 2009; Chantal Petitclerc of wheelchair racing in 2008; Cindy Klassen, speed skater in 2006; Steve Nash of basketball in 2005; Mario Lemieux of hockey in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky, who has won it a record four times.


Reds’ Votto gains another award: Canada’s athlete of the year

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Joey Votto (photo by BubbaFan via Wikipedia Commons)

Cincinnati Reds star first baseman Joey Votto continues to win trophies during the off-season.

He is making room for another one. He has been named the 2010 Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s athlete of the year.

Votto, a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was selected by a committee of sports broadcasters, columnists and editors from a list of eight finalists.

The 27-year-old led the National League in slugging percentage (.600) and on-base percentage (.424).

He led the young Cincinnati Reds team to the Central Division title and their first playoff berth since 1995. He also was selected as the Hank Aaron Award winner and National League MVP.

compiled from staff, MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

NL Hank Aaron award goes to Reds’ Votto

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Joey Votto (file photo)

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto , has been named the 2010 National League recipient of the 2010 Hank Aaron Award. The honor recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

The American League winner is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays who led the majors with 54 home runs.

The award was first given in 1999 to commemerate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.

Votto was second in the National League with a .324 batting average, and third in home runs (37) and RBIs (113). The 27-year-old Canadian led the NL in OPS (1,024) and batting on the road (.349).

Votto also won the 2010 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

Votto ranked in the top three in 11 offensive categories, the top five in 15 categories and the top eight in 18 categories.

Votto had a remarkable streak going from Nay 15 to July 3, he reached base safely in a career-high 41 straight games, the longest streak for a Cincinnati hitter since Pete Rose reached in 48 straight games in 1978.

Winning the Hank Aaron Award was no easy feat for Votto as he had to beat out Albert Pujols of St. Louis, David Wright of the Mets, Adam Dunn of Washington, Adrian Gonzalez of San Diego, Ryan Howard of Philadelphia and Carlos Gonzalez of Colorado. Since the season has ended, Adrian Gonzalez was traded to Boston and Adam Dunn signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox.

compiled from staff, MLB & Cincinnati Reds news