I wanted to take this time to congratulate my favorite baseball player in the league, especially now that Griffey is retired. I am not just jumping on the band wagon and saying this because he won the national league MVP award but because he is the best player on my favorite team (Cincinnati Reds) and he is from my favorite country (Canada).
The reason I am a Reds fan is that the first action figure of a baseball player I ever had was of a player named Eric Davis who remains to this day as my favorite player of all time and was a true Five Tool player – minus the hitting for average part but he did win 3 gold gloves, hit 37 bombs in one year and steal 80 bases.
Joey Votto has joined a long line of Cincinnati Red players who have previously won this award including the likes of Johnny Bench (’70, ’72), Pete Rose (’73), Joe Morgan (‘75,’76), George Forster (’77), Barry Larkin (’95), Ernie Lombardi (’38), Bucky Walters (’39), Frank McCormick (’40).
Mr. Votto also joins the ranks of Canadian born players that have won the MVP award along with Justin Morneau (’06) and Larry Walker (’97).
Congrats again Joey Votto – keep up the good work.