Joey Votto bounced back from an injury-riddled 2014 season to have his best campaign in five years. He was an all-around contributor with a .314 batting average, 29 home runs and 11 stolen bases. In leading the majors with 143 walks, Votto ranked third among first basemen in Fantasy points, but he still had enough value otherwise to finish fifth in the Rotisserie rankings. He should be a top five first baseman yet again, making him a candidate to be drafted within the first two rounds in mixed leagues.
Votto will not waive his full no-trade clause. Votto picked up that no-trade clause with his 10-year, $225 million contract extension signed in 2012. "I absolutely love playing here," Votto said during Redsfest on Friday. "When all this trade stuff gets going, it's natural for a player to have that thought process and what would you consider? I just absolutely love playing here. I really like where I live. I like my team and my job.... I don't think of myself as anything other than a Cincinnati Red. It's one of the really cool things about having a no-trade clause."
Reds first baseman Joey Votto is sitting out Wednesday's game against the Cubs to deal with a stinger in his neck or upper back, Fox Sports Ohio's Jim Day reported in the Reds broadcast. Votto has a significant on-base streak going, which could make it interesting if he is available for pinch-hit duty.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 3 for 5 in a 10-2 loss to the Mets on Saturday. As a forgettable season winds down for Cincinnati, the All-Star first baseman is hitting the ball the best he has all year. Votto now has nine multi-hit efforts in September and has reached base safely in every game of the month as well. Even more impressively however, the last time Votto failed to get on via either base hit or walk dates all the way back to Aug. 10 against the Padres, an amazing streak of 43 contests. When the veteran isn't pounding out base hits or homers, he's drawing an incredible number of base on balls, with the 139 he's amassed this season serving as a career high and contributing greatly to the .464 OBP figure he entered Saturday's game with.
The suspension handed down to Reds slugger Joey Votto for his altercation with the home plate umpire last week has been reduced from two games to one upon appeal, the team has reported. Votto will serve it Friday night at Milwaukee.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto has received a two-game suspension stemming from an altercation with the home plate umpire during Wednesday's game. Votto will appeal the suspension, meaning he will be eligible to continue playing until a ruling is made.
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