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Joey Votto reaches base six times as Reds rout Phillies

May 18, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

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If you needed a reminder that Joey Votto is the best pure hitter in baseball, you got one this evening as the Reds defeated the Phillies 10-0. Joey Votto came to the plate six times and reached base all six times, including a two-run home run in the top of the ninth that served as the cherry on top of a delicious cupcake. Overall, Votto had two walks and four hits including the homer, a double, and two singles.

Votto is the second player to reach base six times in one game this season, joining teammate Shin-Soo Choo who accomplished the feat on April 20 against the Marlins. Prior to that, Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill reached base six times last September 4 against the Giants. Neil Walker, Ben Zobrist, and Mark Reynolds also joined Hill last year.

Votto entered today’s game with the 15th-best weighted on-base average at .410, somehow a shade below his career average .413. To put his career in historical perspective, he also had a career adjusted OPS of 155, tied for the 19th-best mark in baseball history among players with at least 3,000 career plate appearances. (100 is average.) Other players at 155 include Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, and Mel Ott. Not bad company.

The full list:

Rk Player OPS+ PA From To
1 Babe Ruth 206 10622 1914 1935
2 Ted Williams 190 9788 1939 1960
3 Barry Bonds 182 12606 1986 2007
4 Lou Gehrig 179 9663 1923 1939
5 Rogers Hornsby 175 9480 1915 1937
6 Mickey Mantle 172 9907 1951 1968
7 Shoeless Joe Jackson 170 5693 1908 1920
8 Ty Cobb 168 13082 1905 1928
9 Albert Pujols 167 8288 2001 2013
10 Mark McGwire 163 7660 1986 2001
11 Jimmie Foxx 163 9676 1925 1945
12 Stan Musial 159 12717 1941 1963
13 Johnny Mize 158 7370 1936 1953
14 Hank Greenberg 158 6097 1930 1947
15 Tris Speaker 157 11992 1907 1928
16 Frank Thomas 156 10075 1990 2008
17 Dick Allen 156 7315 1963 1977
18 Willie Mays 156 12496 1951 1973
19 Joey Votto 155 3261 2007 2013
20 Hank Aaron 155 13941 1954 1976
21 Joe DiMaggio 155 7673 1936 1951
22 Mel Ott 155 11348 1926 1947
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  1. dutchman45 - May 18, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Joey is on his way to the Hall Of Fame. Get the Reds bus ready for a trip to Cooperstown, located in NY my home state.

  2. dondada10 - May 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    His career was almost derailed early on because of depression. Great to see Votto having another great season.

  3. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Joey Votto, reading this interview with him on fangraphs:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/joey-votto-on-hitting/

    was one of the highlights of the year for me. But “best pure hitter”? Tell me, which 30-year old MLB infielder would you rather have on your team based on career triple slash:

    .317/.418/.549
    .320/.396/.562

    The first one is Joey Votto. The second batter, who I would rather have by a hair, is the best pure hitter in baseball, Miguel Cabrera.

    • joshfrancis50 - May 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I don’t think there’s a wrong answer to that question.

  4. proudlycanadian - May 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I am not sure what is meant by the term “pure hitter”; however, I will say that Votto is the best baseball player ever to come out of Toronto.

    • tuberippin - May 19, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      Votto’s the best position player to ever come out of Canada, period. Better than Larry Walker, especially considering Larry Walker spent a decade hitting in Coors Field. Granted, Walker had a few batting titles to his name, but he posted those crazy above .350 averages only when he was hitting in Colorado, which to me skews that a little bit.

      IMO, the only better Canadian MLB player to ever set foot on a field is Fergie Jenkins.

      • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2013 at 7:20 AM

        Too soon to tell who is better. Fergie from Chatham Ontario is in the HOF. Votto might.someday also make the HOF.

      • tuberippin - May 20, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        Who is better between the three, or between Jenkins and Votto (the answer there is Jenkins), or between Walker and Votto (the answer there is Votto)?

  5. officialgame - May 18, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Great player, fantastic, smart pure hitter.

  6. moogro - May 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    pure. oof

  7. paulydefense - May 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    He’s just a gamer. The type of player you tell your son to be like.

  8. mungman69 - May 19, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Good for Votto. Seems like every time that the Phillies middle relievers pitch the other team scores ten runs.

  9. oasiserfede - May 19, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Votto’s baseclogging is getting out of control…….

  10. jimeejohnson - May 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Check out the stats of some of the older guys on this list and you will see that Votto didn’t have the numbers guys like Williams, DiMaggio, Greenberg, and Gehrig had early in their careers. Votto will have to elevate his game quite a bit to be compared with all-time greats like these. At least he has a chance.

  11. whodeytn - May 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Check out the stats of some of the older guys on this list and you will see that Votto didn’t have the numbers guys like Williams, DiMaggio, Greenberg, and Gehrig had early in their careers. Votto will have to elevate his game quite a bit to be compared with all-time greats like these. At least he has a chance.
    ========
    Except for the fact that he’s already being compared to the greats.

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