Most Votto Player

22 11 2010

Joey Votto ran away with the National League MVP award today, taking 31 of 32 first place votes, tallying 443 total points. This vote comes after Votto led the Reds to their first playoff appearance since 1995. Votto led the National League in SLG (.600), OBP (.424). He hit .324 (2nd) with 37 HR and 113 RBI (both 3rd in the league).

Votto beat out fellow triple crown contenders Albert Pujols (279 points – and the other first place vote) and Carlos Gonzalez  (240). Adrian Gonzalez (197), Troy Tulowitzki (132) round out the top 5. Cy Young winner Roy Halladay was the highest ranking pitcher, placing 6th with 130 points.

Votto is the 10th Red to win the award, and this is the Reds 12th award (Bench and Morgan each won MVP twice). Reds players have won the award at every position except third base – Rose was 2 years from moving to 3rd when he won the award in 1973. Votto is the 3rd Canadian born player to win the award. Here’s hoping down the road he joins Bench and Morgan in winning the award multiple times!

Cincinnati Reds MVP winners

1938 – Ernie Lombardi C

1939 – Bucky Walters SP

1940 – Frank McCormick 1B

1961 – Frank Robinson OF

1970, 1972 – Johnny Bench C

1973 – Pete Rose OF

1975, 1976 – Joe Morgan 2B

1977 – George Foster OF

1995 – Barry Larkin SS

2010 – Joey Votto 1B

Canadian-born players to win MVP

1997 – Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies OF

2006 – Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins 1B

2010 – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds 1B




2 responses

24 11 2010
Chris Mays

Good lord, look at that run in the 1970s.

24 11 2010

Yeah, from 1970 to 77, they won 6 of 8 MVPs – no award in 71 and 74. No Reds player had a particularly great year when Joe Torre won it in 1971. But in 1974, Morgan and Bench both had significantly better years than Garvey. Schmidt or Brock were also better options than Garvey that year.

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