The Reds aren’t on the national radar as say, the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees. That’s not to say they deserve to be – they’re 50-70, locked in the National League Central’s basement.
But the team’s record shouldn’t overshadow another historic campaign from first baseman Joey Votto. Votto has reached base twice in 20 consecutive games, a new team record and tied with Barry Bonds for the longest since 2004.
He’s potentially one night away from equaling Ted Williams’ 21-game record. Votto, Williams, Bonds and former Reds great Pete Rose are the only players to sustain streaks of at least 19 games with two or more times on base.
As acknowledged by Jamie Ramsey of the Reds’ media relations, Votto ranks 15th in Baseball Reference’s “offensive winning percentage” statistic.
The players ranked ahead of him: Babe Ruth, Williams, Bonds, Roger Hornsby, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Dan Brouthers, Mike Trout, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Tris Speaker and Pete Browning.
Not bad company. Again, Votto is 15th ALL-TIME.
Votto ranks third among active first basemen WAR (51.6), trailing only future Hall of Famers Albert Pujols (99.7) and Miguel Cabrera (69.7). Note that Votto debuted in 2007, while Pujols appeared in 2001 and Cabrera came up in 2003.
The point is, while the Reds may not be baseball’s best watch in 2017, Votto is doing his best to make up for it.