Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has broken Larry Walker’s record for most appearances in Major League Baseball by a Canadian player. Votto break Walker’s record on Sunday, August 14, as the Reds defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-5.
Votto appeared in his 1,989th MLB game which broke Walker’s previous number. Born in Toronto, Votto has played his entire 15-year career with the Cincinnati Reds. A six-time All-Star, Votto won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award win 2010.
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After breaking Walker’s record, Votto was presented with a commemorative plaque by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to mark the occasion. Votto’s breaking of Walker’s record shows the first baseman’s longevity and resilience.
Votto has achieved a number of records while playing in MLB. He current is the all-time leading Canadian in plate appearances, walks, at bats, and All-Star game appearances.
The Reds player has more of Walker’s records in sight. Currently, Walker still holds the Canadian record for doubles with 471 and hits with 2,160. Votto still has plenty of time to break those records despite being 38. The Toronto-born big leaguer is under contract with the Reds through the 2023 season. There is also a team option to keep him at the club for the 2024 campaign. As it stands, Votto has tallied 453 doubles and 2,093 hits during an illustrious career.
Neither the Reds nor Votto are having a season to remember. After a strong showing in 2021, Votto’s numbers have declined this time around. Injuries have plagued Votto in 2022 and those fitness issues have caused a drop off in his numbers. Votto has struck out 1,577 times in his career. This season, 96 of those strike outs have occurred and the Canadian is likely to add to the figure before the campaign is over.
Cincinnati are 45-69 and 18 games behind Central Division leading St. Louis Cardinals after 114 games. The Reds will miss out on the playoffs this season as they are also 18 games back of the last wild card place.
Votto is currently hitting .208 with an on-base percentage of .323. He has 11 home runs and 41 RBI this season. The Ontario native is second in home runs and third in RBI for the Reds this campaign. Votto has played all 16 MLB seasons with the Cincinnati Reds after the baseball club selected him 44th in the 2002 MLB Draft. The infielder was taken straight out of high school. By September 2007, Votto had been promoted to the big-league team. Since then, Votto has been a major part of the Cincinnati team.
If Votto can rebound next season from this campaign’s born displays, then he could break two more of Walker’s all-time Canadian records. He could have the opportunity to do it as long as his body can hold up.