You might say that Joey Votto’s 2010 has been a success. You also might say that Google is a good search engine and that Twitter has become a popular tool for communication.
Votto, without question, has been an enormous part of the Cincinnati Reds finding themselves with a magical number of one win or one St. Louis Cardinals loss away from postseason baseball for the first time in 15 years.
A quick look through his basic numbers tells you as much (37 HRs, .426 OBP, .607 SLG, 7.4 WAR). A few weeks ago, some bright mind discovered that Votto hadn’t recorded a single infield fly out all season, which remains true today.
Then, on the heels of teammate Aroldis Chapman throwing the fastest recorded pitch in the history of baseball, Votto added to his legen-wait-for-it-dary season.
In the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Padres, Votto went deep against southpaw Clayton Richard, who hadn’t given up a home run to a left handed hitter since August 1, 2009. And just in case going yard against a pitcher who has kept it in the park against 241 consecutive left handed at bats wasn’t enough, Votto took it to the opposite field.