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Joey Votto celebrates All-Star snub with two-homer game

Jul 6, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

In his first action since being passed over for the All-Star game, Joey Votto homered twice, doubled, and walked last night as the Reds beat the Mets.
I tend not to really care about the All-Star game rosters, because there are bad selections every season, I don’t agree with the focus on first-half performance over multi-year track records, and ultimately everyone will cease caring about the whole thing an hour after the final out, but Votto not making the team would obviously be silly.
He’s now hitting .318 with an NL-leading 21 homers in 78 games, and also leads the league in on-base percentage (.418), slugging percentage (.599), OPS (1.017), total bases (173), and Win Probability Added. Votto ranks third in batting average and runs, fourth in RBIs, fifth in walks, and … well, you get the idea.
Votto has been the best hitter in the league through half of the season and it’s not as if he’s coming out of nowhere with a fluke year. He batted .322/.414/.567 with 25 homers and 38 doubles last season to rank third among NL hitters in OPS and at 26 years old has the ninth-highest career OPS among all active players.
If there’s any justice Votto will either win the MLB.com “Final Vote” contest or at least be added to the NL roster as an injury replacement, because he’s clearly one of the best players in the league and is having an MVP-caliber season for a first-place team.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Can’t argue with facts. He does deserve more than other “snubbie” to play the game.

  2. Bill@TDS - Jul 6, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    I’d just like to point out that this wasn’t his first action after getting passed over for the All-Star game; rosters (and the final vote contestants) were known before the Reds-Cubs game started on Sunday. Votto’s first action was to strike out looking, on a pitch that looked like it caught a lot of the plate, and to get ejected for arguing and throwing his helmet in the top of the first inning.
    I was there and assumed it was related…

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