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Joey Votto | First Baseman | #19

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 221
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (0) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Joey Votto hit a grand slam and walked twice versus the Tigers on Tuesday.
The slam off Matt Boyd was just his third in 112 career plate appearances with the bases loaded. He has just seven homers and 36 RBI through 71 games this year after finishing with 36 homers and 100 RBI last year. Of course, he's still as good of a bet as anyone to lead the NL in OBP. Jun 19 - 11:00 PM

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Joey Votto delivered a three-run triple in the 10th inning on Tuesday, propelling the Reds to a 5-1 victory over the Royals.

The Reds were shut down by Ian Kennedy through the first eight innings on Sunday, but gained new life when Tucker Barnhart swatted a solo homer off of Kelvin Herrera in the ninth inning. Votto then stepped to the dish and socked a go-ahead three-run triple off of Kevin McCarthy in the 10th and then came around to score on an RBI single by Eugenio Suarez. Votto finished the evening 1-for-4 plus a walk and is now hitting .309/.433/.449 with six homers, 30 RBI and one stolen base on the year.
Jun 13 - 12:37 AM

Joey Votto walked four times and scored a run in a victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.

What do you get when you take one of the most selective hitters in baseball, and pair him with a pitcher -- in this case Carlos Martinez -- who couldn't find the strike zone? This. The four free passes give Votto 46 on the season, and he's now walked eight times in his last four games. His on-base percentage is now up to .433 on the season, and he's also hitting .310 and slugging .444 over 65 games.
Jun 10 - 5:31 PM

Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Friday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals.

Both of his knocks were run-scoring singles, including one in the ninth inning that set the stage for Jesse Winker's RBI single that would tie it up and send the game to extra frames. Votto now has a .307/.422/.439 triple-slash with six longballs, 27 RBI and 32 runs scored. The veteran first baseman has been streakier than normal this year but remains one of the best hitters in baseball.
Jun 9 - 12:35 AM

Joey Votto went 2-for-5 and scored a run but his team fell to the Rockies on Wednesday.

He doubled and scored in the fifth inning. Votto started off the season very slowly just like he always does and is heating up with the weather just like he always does even though he is from the cold climate of Canada. He finished as runner-up in the NL MVP voting last year and is likely to be in the running again this year. He has a .308/.417/.443 slash line with six homers, 24 RBI and 30 runs with many more to come despite playing in a fairly weak Reds' lineup.
Jun 6 - 10:57 PM

Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

Votto singled and doubled in the game, raising his average to .285. Despite the fact that he's hitting for average, the first baseman has somewhat miraculously driven in just one run since May 13. Maybe his critics were right, that the 34-year-old is too selfish and just doesn't have what it takes to be an RBI man. Or, perhaps, it's the fact that the Reds had a .695 OPS as a team heading into Sunday's game, and too often he's batting with no men on base or a runner on first. It's definitely one of those, though.
May 27 - 6:34 PM

Joey Votto is getting the day off Thursday.

Votto has dealt with some back issues this month and will take a day for treatment and rest. Brandon Dixon is starting at first base and batting seventh on Thursday afternoon against Pirates righty Ivan Nova.
May 24 - 11:02 AM

Joey Votto (back) is starting at first base and batting cleanup Wednesday versus the Giants.

Votto was held out of the Reds' starting lineup on Tuesday due to lower back tightness, though he did appear as a pinch-hitter. The veteran first baseman has batted .319/.475/.564 with six home runs and 19 RBI over his last 28 games.
May 16 - 12:48 PM

Joey Votto (back) struck out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night against the Giants.

Votto was held out of the Reds' starting lineup after making an early exit from Monday night's game with tightness near his lower back. It would seem that he might be able to start in Wednesday afternoon's series finale, or the Reds could opt to give him a couple more days of rest leading into Friday's series opener against the Cubs.
May 16 - 8:44 AM

Joey Votto (back) is out of the Reds' starting lineup Tuesday night against the Giants.

Votto left Monday night's series opener in San Francisco after experiencing tightness around his lower back. It's a day-to-day situation. Adam Duvall will start at first base and bat fifth Tuesday night against Giants left-hander Ty Blach.
May 15 - 5:58 PM

Joey Votto will likely sit out Tuesday's game after leaving Monday due to lower back tightness.

Votto downplayed the issue after the game, so it's nothing serious, but Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman wants to play it safe. Adam Duvall will likely fill in at first base.
Source: The Athletic
May 15 - 1:11 PM

Joey Votto was removed from Monday's game against the Giants because of lower back tightness.

It's unclear how Votto tweaked his back, but he indicated after the game that he'll be fine. Votto singled in one of his two plate appearances before exiting.
May 15 - 12:12 AM

Joey Votto was lifted from Monday's game versus the Giants with an apparent injury.

Votto didn't suffer an obvious injury, but he was replaced at first base by Adam Duvall before the bottom of the fourth inning. An explanation should be forthcoming.
May 14 - 11:44 PM

Joey Votto hit a two-run home run and stole a base in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.

Votto had no regard for switch-pitching Pat Venditte, taking him deep for the two-run jack in the sixth inning. Votto then showed that he can do a few things on the basepaths as well, stealing his first base of the season in the eighth inning following an intentional walk. A slow start has suppressed his overall numbers, but the 34-year-old has his line up to .288/.413/.445 through 40 games.
May 13 - 9:00 PM

Reds promoted assistant GM Nick Krall to general manager.

It's a much-deserved promotion for Krall, who has been with the Reds' organization since 2003. Krall will work closely with President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams on front office moves. "Nick understands every aspect of our baseball operations," said Williams. "Moving forward, Nick will be more heavily involved in the decisions we need to make to improve our product on the field at both the Major League and minor league levels." Krall will have his work cut out for him as Cincinnati currently holds the NL's worst record at 10-27.
May 10 - 5:31 PM

Depth Charts

C1Tucker Barnhart
2Curt Casali
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Scooter Gennett
SS1Jose Peraza
3B1Eugenio Suarez
2Alex Blandino
LF1Jesse Winker
2Adam Duvall
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Phillip Ervin
RF1Scott Schebler
Starting Pitcher
S1Luis Castillo
2Tyler Mahle
3Sal Romano
4Matt Harvey
5Anthony DeSclafani
6Rookie Davis
Relief Pitcher
R1Raisel Iglesias
2Michael Lorenzen
3David Hernandez
4Amir Garrett
5Jared Hughes
6Homer Bailey
7Kyle Crockett
8Dylan Floro
9Jackson Stephens