Joey Votto lost the closest MVP race in 38 years, and Reds fans are not amused

Nov 17, 2017

Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player.

And Reds nation is not happy.

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It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, according to the Associated Press.

The Reds' Joey Votto pauses after sliding back into second base against the Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

Stanton got 10 first-place votes and 302 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Votto also got 10 firsts and had 300 points. 

Votto topped the majors with a .454 on-base percentage, while Stanton finished the season with 59 homers, the most in baseball since 2001, according to the AP.

Here’s what some are saying on Twitter: