Votto takes home NL MVP Award


Joey Votto was named the National League Most Valuable Player this afternoon, receiving all but one of the 32 place votes. Albert Pujols, Carlos Gonzalez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki round out the top five. Votto finished the year at .324/.424/.600 (.439) with 7.4 fWAR, second only to Josh Hamilton.

The Yankees were going to select Votto with their first pick (71st overall) in the 2002 draft, but the Reds beat them to it. The Yanks surrendered their first round pick to the A’s that year when they signed Jason Giambi. Congrats to Votto, this might not be his last MVP.

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  1. AndrewYF says:

    Dammit Giambi :(

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

      Would have traded him for an aging pitcher anyways.

    • mbonzo says:

      Giambi’s combined WAR as a Yankee was 28

      Votto’s combined WAR as a Red thus far is 16.2 (He’s got 2011, 2012, and 2013 left)

      They’re pretty close in value despite Votto being much cheaper.

      • Oliver Queen says:

        But …. Votto will add to that number in the coming years. Giambi is of no more value to the Yankees.

        • mbonzo says:

          Thats why I mentioned he still has 3 years left and “They’re pretty close in value…” He will probably end up right around Giambi’s 28 WAR.

  2. bexarama says:

    Well deserved.

    That said, Ryan Howard got a second and a third place vote. Uh.

  3. FIPster Doofus says:

    Good choice. My only complaint is that Ryan Zimmerman deserved way better than a 16th-place finish, but whatever.

  4. B-Rando says:

    Picked him up in my fantasy league this year in the 8th round, probably the best value of any player I’ve ever gotten (round taken vs. output)

    • Thomas says:

      How the hell did he last that long. He was gone by like pick 40 in my leagues (about equal to Youkilis, who I got in the RAB league, because someone took Votto the pick before – still bitter).

    • radnom says:

      That award for me goes to my Mat Latos selection, sometime in the late rounds of an RAB fantasy league.

  5. Thomas says:

    In the draft Votto went two picks before DarrelL Rasner.

  6. Aubrey Huff anywhere in the top 10?

    Really? really?

  7. noseeum says:

    And he didn’t go to the All Star game. LOL.

    Joey Votto, 0 time All Star, 1 time MVP.

    • vin says:

      The fans (myself included) voted him in this year. Got ripped off by fans and Manuel, but it still goes on his resume nonetheless.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

      yes he did he was the last player voted in by the fans.

    • bexarama says:

      And Felix didn’t go to the ASG despite 105812098609686 pitchers going (and no one really had an issue with it at the time).

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Felix went, no? He just didn’t pitch because he pitched the Sunday before, or something.

        • All Star Carl says:

          Felix didn’t go.

          Don’t know why Felix is being brought up.

          Votto was voted in.

        • JGS says:

          Felix didn’t go. It wasn’t that much of a travesty though. He had just started his beast mode run (1.53 ERA in the second half).

        • Felix went, no? He just didn’t pitch because he pitched the Sunday before, or something.

          Negative. Felix Hernandez was not voted in, nor selected, nor named as a replacement for the 2010 All Star Game. He was not included in any fashion.

          Your 2010 AL pitching staff (including both original selections and injury/eligibility replacements) was:
          Andrew Bailey, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Cahill, Fausto Carmona, Neftali Feliz, Phil Hughes, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, Andy Pettitte, David Price, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia Yankees, Joakim Soria, Rafael Soriano, Matt Thornton, José Valverde, Justin Verlander, and Jered Weaver.

          Felix likely didn’t go because his April-May-June was merely “rock-solid” (6-5, 3.03 ERA, .223/.289/.325 against, 116/38 K/BB) as opposed to his July-August-September-October, which was dynamite (7-7, 1.55 ERA, .202/.258/.299 against, 116/32 K/BB).

  8. M says:

    Good for Votto! A bit glad he never ended up in New York, with his off the field issues, you wonder if his career would have never have happend if he struggled at all hitting in NYC. Boo’s and depression do not mix!

  9. Monteroisdinero says:

    Cano will get our next one and then Montero.

  10. bonestock94 says:

    Wow, didn’t know there was a NY connection, cool.

  11. Way to be, Votto. I would’ve voted for him. This dude has a special bat. Keep it up, Joey.

  12. Monteroisdinero says:

    Jeets wins it next year.

    For the Tigers (haha).

  13. Jerome S says:

    It must suck to be an NL 1B, because you spend your whole career looking up.

  14. JGS says:

    So…who gave Brian Wilson a third place vote?

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