CBS Sports has been running a series they call "Core Values", which looks to highlight the "cornerstone player", the "face of the franchise", and the "face of the future" for all 30 MLB teams. The Reds were up on Wednesday.
While other clubs had three different players represented for these titles, Cincinnati had just one: Joey Votto.
Matt Snyder dubbed Votto as the unanimous face of the franchise and future, as well as the cornerstone of which the team is built around. Although I found it hard to believe that he could bear the honor for all three, how can you really argue?
Votto is by far the best player on Cincinnati's roster and only a fool would say otherwise. At 29, he has already won one MVP award and finished in the top 15 on two other occasions. He owns a career batting average of .316 and a lifetime on-base percentage of .415! That's pretty incredible, folks.
And given the fact that he's signed through 2023 with an option for 2024, he is destined to be around the Queen City for a very long time. Naturally, it only makes sense to tab him as the face of the future.
Snyder did hand out credit to others on the Reds, though. Here's how he graded the team's core value:
Reds' core value: A. With Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Chapman, Latos, Cueto, Hamilton, Shin-Soo Choo, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco, Zack Cozart, Homer Bailey and more, the Reds have star power, role players, depth and potential for improvement in several areas. They are set up to contend every year for the foreseeable future. They went 97-65 last season, winning the NL Central, and there's plenty more where that came from.
In fact, the Reds are so well set up that I don't think it's a stretch to say it would be a failure if they get to 2020 without having won a World Series ring or at the very least an NL pennant.
I for one would agree with Snyder's last statement. In fact, I would even proclaim that anything short of an National League pennant this season would be a failure of sorts. The Reds have the pieces in place to win, the only thing left to do is prove it on the diamond.