— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 9, 2016
Joey Votto is the Reds’ representative in the final voting for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is described thusly:
Your votes for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award, given to the top offensive player in each League, will be counted alongside those of a special panel of Hall of Famers. The panel, led by Hank Aaron, includes some of the greatest offensive players of all time: Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Murray, and Robin Yount, all personally chosen by Aaron to help select the winners. Voting ends Oct. 14, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The Awards will be presented during the World Series.
Since Joey Votto is clearly the greatest offensive player in the history of the human race, you may wish to go vote for him. You can vote up to ten times per day, if that’s your thing. You can also vote by tweeting the hashtag in the headline.
I’m not sure why fans are given a voice in this award selection process, though I’m similarly not convinced that the fans wouldn’t do a better job than a panel of players. So it is what it is. #VoteVotto
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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