MLB.com‘s Mike Petriello – We went with Votto by a hair, because his all-around excellence is overwhelming. He didn’t just lead the Majors with a .454 OBP, he had a top-10 slugging percentage, too. That made him the third-best hitter overall on a rate basis behind Mike Trout and Aaron Judge. He even made improving his defense a preseason priority, and he did just that, moving his Defensive Runs Saved total from minus-14 in 2016 to plus-11 in ’17.
Well lookie here… people in the national media are finally starting to see what we’ve been saying in Cincinnati for years. Joey Votto isn’t just good. Not even damn good. He’s the absolute best first baseman in the game today. If you put Votto on a big market team, he’d be revered as one of the best to play the game. It’s a good thing Joey doesn’t care about that stuff, which is why Cincinnati is perfect for him, and he’s perfect for us.
I am a little concerned that MLB’s Mike Petriello left out that he led the league in donkeys bought for teammates, but at this point I’m happy with any recognition our Canadian Superman can get.