Tuesday, October 16, 2012

2012 season in review: Joey Votto

It was an injury-plagued season for one Joseph Daniel Votto. The Canadian native was sidelined for nearly two months after suffering a knee injury in San Francisco while sliding on June 29. However, it was also a rewarding year for Votto as he signed a 10-year, $225-million contract extension in the days prior to Opening Day.
Here are a few notables from his season:

+ Signed fourth-largest contract in MLB history in April
+ Named an All-Star for the third straight year
+ Made his first career start in the ASG
+ Was the favorite for NL MVP before hitting the disabled list
+ Set a career high in average, on-base percentage, doubles, intentional walks, and OPS
+ Led the league in OBP ands walks, and finished second behind Aramis Ramirez in doubles
+ Finished eighth in Wins Above Replacement (5.6) despite missing over 25% of games
+ Did not homer at all after returning from disabled list
+ Hit .389 (7-18) in NLDS yet didn't record any XBH or RBI
+ Earned a salary of $11,410,655 (base + incentives), according to ESPN
+ Blasted a walk-off grand slam on Mother's Day to cap a 9-6 victory over Washington
+ Went 4-5 with three homers and six RBI during that game, which was delayed for nearly four hours due to rain
+ Was out of the Reds lineup from July 15 to September 5
+ Posted lowest home run total since 2007
+ Hit .370 with runners in scoring position

Memorable quote: "I always try to do my best. I can't promise you anything going forward. I can't promise you health or promise you production. I can promise you I'll do my best."

- Votto on signing his massive extension in early-April

Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for more player reviews as we do our best in recapping the seasons had by all Reds players.

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