Tonight we’ll find out if the Baseball Writers of America voted Joey Votto the National League MVP. Votto is one of three announced finalists, with Giancarlo Stanton (the favorite based on conventional wisdom) and Paul Goldschmidt. The MLB Network award show begins at 6 p.m. ET.
Votto was named NL MVP in 2010. He finished 7th in the voting last year, finished 6th in 2011 and 2013, and 3rd in 2015.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, and a really terrific sportswriter, made a strong and balanced case in his column today for Votto winning his second MVP. Here is Passan’s conclusion:
So we’re left with a player who clearly was the best offensively in the league and wondering whether his fielding and running demerits do enough to spoil his candidacy. Whether a hitter who walked 134 times and struck out just 83, in an era where hitters are striking out more than ever, should not win an award because his teammates gave up more runs, home runs and walks than their 14 NL counterparts. Whether the best player in the league can win an award that exists to honor the best player in the league.
The answers all lead to an identical conclusion: Joey Votto deserves to win NL MVP. If only the 30 voters saw it the same way.
There’s no way to fully measure a player’s value to his team. In the case of the 2017 Reds, it would be interesting to add in Votto’s influence on Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez’s strong offensive seasons.
Also, twelve years of Joey Votto at Redleg Nation, back to the beginning:
Joey Votto Might Actually Be Perfect – Jason Linden (10.3.17)
The Greatness of Joey Votto – Jason Linden (7.13.17)
Vottomatic v3.0 – Patrick Jeter (5.17.17)
Revel in the Majesty of Joey Votto’s Perfection – Chad Dotson (2.26.17)
Joey Votto, Deviant – Patrick Jeter (2.12.16)
Incredible Facts About Joey Votto’s Historic Season – Nick Kirby (10.8.15)
Joey Votto, All Choked Up – Mike Maffie (9.25.15)
Joey Votto’s Astoundingly Good Second Half – Nick Doran (9.9.15)
What to Expect: Joey Votto – Steve Mancuso (3.9.15)
Votto’s Injury, Adding Insult – Steve Mancuso (8.15.14)
More Joey Votto Superlatives – Jason Linden (6.19.12)
Joey Votto Wins National League MVP – Chad Dotson (11.22.10)
How Good Was Joey Votto in 2010? – Chad Dotson (10.19.10)
Joey Votto Signs – Chad Dotson (1.29.08)
Joey Votto’s Debut – Chad Dotson (9.5.07)
Free Joey Votto – Chad Dotson (8.3.07)
Votto, Bruce Shine in Futures Game – Bill Lack (7.9.07)
Joey Votto = My Favorite Minor League Player – Chris Wilson (6.17.06)
Joey Votto Makes the Trip – Chad Dotson (3.6.05) – where Chad predicts that Votto will be a better major leaguer than Edwin Encarnacion
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.