Joey Votto’s 1 recent swing may have just had Hall of Fame implications.
Joey Votto has a long list of huge hits for the Cincinnati Reds throughout his storied MLB career. One of his most recent swings, though, was important for him as a player and as a person.
Votto got his 2,000th career hit in a 14-5 victory against the Chicago Cubs at home, which may seem to be a minor accomplishment at first look. However, the hit has the potential to propel him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In fact, it’s possible that the Reds’ first baseman has already punched his ticket to Cooperstown.
Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds has reached the milestone of 2,000 hits in his career.
Joey Votto has enjoyed a career revival with the Reds this season. He’s on a roll. He hit.284, his highest average since 2018, with 26 home runs and 76 RBIs, both career highs. This season, though, Votto has accomplished a number of career benchmarks.
Votto hit his 300th career home run in April before earning his 1,000th RBI in June.
He now has 2,000 hits after hitting a single against Cubs pitcher Michael Rucker in the seventh inning on Aug. 16.
“Well, it’s always great when — contrary to popular belief, I didn’t try for the 2,000th hit here at home. In Philadelphia, I was attempting to get hits but came up short. But, according to The Athletic, Votto added, “I’m happy things turned out this way.” “My teammates have been very supportive, and I consider myself fortunate as a result. That has also received a lot of support from the supporters. I have really felt their affection for me. Thank you to the Reds’ fan base for their support. For a long time, Cincinnati has been kind to me.”
Votto is the sixth player in Reds history to reach 2,000 hits, and just the second to do it while simultaneously hitting over 300 home runs. Only Johnny Bench, the Reds’ Hall of Fame catcher, has more than 2,000 hits and 300 home runs with the team.
Bench is now expected to welcome Votto to the hall as well.
His ticket to the National Baseball Hall of Fame may have been punched by the hit.
On Aug. 16, 2021, Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto delivers a curtain call after hitting his 2,000th career hit. | Getty Images/Emilee Chinn
As C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic pointed out, the 2,000th hit virtually ensures Votto’s place in the Hall of Fame; it’s “no longer” a matter of “whether he’ll achieve” it, but “how many attempts it will take him.”
The average hitter in the Hall of Fame has 2,326 career hits, according to Baseball-Reference. Given that Votto is under contract with the Reds for the next three seasons, he should easily surpass that record.
However, Votto does not have to achieve 2,326 votes. Bench had just 2,048 hits in his career, compared to Harmon Killebrew’s 2,086, Gary Carter’s 2,092, and Mike Piazza’s 2,127. As a result, Votto’s 2,000-plus hits should be enough to get him a place, particularly given the rest of his career.
Joey Votto has a long history with the Cincinnati Reds.
Joey Votto has accomplished much more with the Reds than simply accumulating 2,000 hits. He’s a six-time All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, and the 2010 National League MVP when he batted. 324 hits, 37 home runs, 113 RBIs, and 106 runs batted in.
Votto has also led the National League in on-base percentage seven times and walks five times in his career. In fact, his.417 career on-base percentage ranks 25th all-time in Major League Baseball. With 1,658 assists at first base, the 2002 second-round selection is sixth all-time in assists at the position.
Votto has already earned a spot in the Reds Hall of Fame after spending his whole career in Cincinnati. However, his latest hit will almost certainly send him to Cooperstown one day.
Baseball Reference provided the statistics.
Joey Votto Continues in the Footsteps of Tom Brady and LeBron James by Defying a Mutual Opponent