Saturday, September 28, 2013

Joey Votto 'really happy' about breaking record previously held by Pete Rose

Joey Votto made history on Friday.

With two hits, Votto set a new Reds single season record by reaching base 312 times by a combination of walks, hits, and hit-by-pitch. At the time of this writing, he had reached base three more times on Saturday, increasing his overall mark to 315. The previous record was set by Pete Rose in 1969.

Votto credits his ability to play every single game as cause for notching the record. The Canadian native was limited to just 111 games a season ago, but is on the brink of appearing in all 162 games this year, assuming he plays on Sunday.

“I was really very excited and really happy about that achievement, it’s a combination of playing every day, that’s something Pete was very, very good at,” Votto said. I don’t know if it’s a skill or luck or determination or personality trait, but for whatever it was that helped him play every single day, he did that consistently over the course of his career. That was the stat, that I’ve played every day. Second is the ability to get on base and be competitive — not making outs is a difficult thing to do. To be able to put that combination together, I’m very proud of it. This is a little different version of a baseball year for me, offensively, but to have been rewarded with something like this — any time you’re mentioned with an all-time great, Pete Rose or Joe Morgan with the walks, I’m very proud of it, yes.”


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