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Votto named NL MVP Award finalist

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto hits an RBI single off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Reds 1B Joey Votto is a finalist for the BBWAA’s National League Most Valuable Player Award. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

Votto joins Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who led the majors with 59 homers and 132 RBIs this year, and first basemen Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona as finalists.


  • Votto will finish in the MVP Award voting’s Top 3 for the third time and in the Top 7 for the sixth time (finished first in 2010, sixth in 2011, 14th in 2012, sixth in 2013, third in 2015 and seventh in 2016).
  • In 2017 was a National League All-Star for the fifth time...also for the fifth time was a finalist for the prestigious Hank Aaron Award...for the second time is a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen.
  • Was the only player in the Major Leagues to produce at least 26 HR and 100 RBI while hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .500.
  • Led the Major Leagues by reaching base safely 321 times, breaking his own club record (319, 2015)...Col's Charlie Blackmon reached base 288 times to rank second.
  • Led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, walks and intentional walks...tied KC's Alcides Escobar for the Major League lead in games started (162).
  • Led the Major Leagues with a walks-to-strikeouts ratio of 1.61...LAD's Justin Turner was second at 1.05 and LAA's Mike Trout third at 1.04.
  • Led the National League in walks for the fifth time, in on-base percentage for the sixth time and in both categories in the same season for the fourth time...also led the National League in OPS (1.032).
  • Became the eighth player in history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 6 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9), Ty Cobb (7), Wade Boggs (6) and Stan Musial (6).
  • Became the first player in Reds history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBI, 300 total bases and 300 times on base...3 of the previous 5 Major League players to produce those numbers won the Most Valuable Player Award a total of 4 times (Mike Trout, Albert Pujols twice, Alex Rodriguez).
  • Joined Babe Ruth (1921, 1924, 1926, 1930) and Ted Williams (1941, 1942, 1949) as the only players in Major League history to produce in a season at least 179 hits, 36 HR and 134 walks with 83 strikeouts or fewer.
  • Joined Babe Ruth (35 in 1930) and Lou Gehrig (33 in 1936) as the only players in their age-33 seasons or older to produce at least 175 hits, 130 walks and a .450 on-base percentage...Votto turned 34 in September.
  • For the eighth time in his career hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of .400…for the fifth time produced at least 100 walks in a season.
  • Reached base safely in 150 of his 162 apps...in 107 apps reached base safely at least twice...in 51 apps reached base safely at least 3 times, tying his career high (2015).
  • His 29-game on-base streak from 7/26-8/26 included a stretch from 7/26-8/15 during which he reached base safely at least twice in 20 straight games, a franchise record and 1 shy of Ted Williams’ 1948 Major League record.
  • Appeared in 162 games for the second time in his career (2013) but became the first Reds player to start all 162 games in a non-strike year since Pete Rose in 1975...played first base in 1,391.2 of the team's 1,430 innings.
  • Established a new franchise record by producing his fourth season OPS of at least 1.000 (1.024 in 2010, 1.041 in 2012, 1.000 in 2015, 1.032 in 2017).
  • With a 7.5 WAR as calculated by Baseball Reference ranked first among Major League first basemen and fourth among all position players (Jose Altuve 8.4, Aaron Judge 8.1, Giancarlo Stanton 7.6).
  • Among first basemen ranked second in the National League in fielding percentage...was the league leader in fielding percentage at first base through the first 154 games of the season, then committed 2 errors in his last 8 apps.

Information provided by the Cincinnati Reds.

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