Is the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player and Hank Aaron Award winner, a 6-time NL All-Star, a Sporting News NL All-Star and the only Reds first baseman ever to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award...received NL Most Valuable Player Award votes 7 times in the last 9 seasons, 6 times finished among the Top 10 and 3 times finished among the Top 3...finished first in 2010, sixth in 2011, 14th in 2012, sixth in 2013, third in 2015, seventh in 2016 and second by 2 points to Mia's Giancarlo Stanton in 2017 in the fourth-closest vote ever...5 times was a finalist for the prestigious Hank Aaron Award, presented to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league...won the award in 2010...was a finalist in 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2017...3 times was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen...won the award in 2011...was a finalist in 2017 and 2018...6 times was voted by the Cincinnati chapter of the BBWAA the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' MVP (unanimously in 2016 and 2017)...twice received the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year (2010, 2017)...is 1 of only 3 baseball players to win the prestigious award and the only one to win it more than once (Ferguson Jenkins 1974; Larry Walker 1998)...twice received the Syl Apps Award as Ontario's Athlete of the Year (2010, 2017)...7 times received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award (2010-2013, 2015-2017), sharing the honor in 2011 with Brewers pitcher John Axford...is the only player to win that award more than 2 years in a row and is 1 of only 2 players to win it more than 3 times (Larry Walker, 9 times)...in March 2013 was voted by fans the Face of MLB...with 269 career HR ranks fifth on the club's all-time list (Johnny Bench 389, Frank Robinson 324, Tony Perez 287, Adam Dunn 270)...is the all-time leader in home runs at Great American Ball Park (148; Jay Bruce 2nd, 136)...his 1,104 career walks are the most in Major League history by a player born in Canada (Larry Walker 2nd, 913)...his 269 HR are second-most by a Canadian (Larry Walker 383)...holds franchise records for career games played at first base (1,541) and intentional walks (138)...shares Joe Morgan's club career record for number of seasons with at least 100 walks (6)...holds franchise single-season records for walks (143 in 2015), on-base percentage (.474 in 2012), number of times on base safely via hit, walk or HBP (321 times in 2017), number of games reaching base safely (150g in 2017), number of games reaching base safely at least twice (107g in 2015 & 2017) and number of consecutive games reaching base safely at least twice (20g from 7/26-8/15, 2017)...shares Pete Rose's single-season franchise record for number of consecutive games reaching base safely (48g from 8/11-10/2, 2015)...in the last 11 seasons led the Reds in batting average 8 times, in doubles 6 times and in hits 6 times...from 2007-2016 made 1,103 starts next to 2B Brandon Phillips, the most on the right side of the infield for any tandem in Reds history and the highest total by any set of infielders active at that time...1B Frank McCormick and 2B Lonny Frey rank second in Reds history with 774 starts together...in the last 9 seasons led the National League in doubles once, in walks 5 times, in on-base percentage 7 times, in slugging once and in OPS twice (2010, 2017)...since 1900 is the only batter in Reds history and 1 of 9 players overall to lead the National League in walks for 3 straight seasons (2011-2013)...is the only Red and 1 of 6 players in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage for 4 straight years (2010-2013)...is the only Reds player and 1 of 6 players in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 7 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9) and Ty Cobb (7)...is the second player in Reds history to produce 30 doubles in 6 straight seasons (2008-2013; Pete Rose, 1965-70 & 1972-78) or 30 doubles in any 9 years (Rose, 13)..with a minimum of 5,000 career at bats is 1 of only 19 players in modern Major League history to hit at least .300 (.311) with an on-base percentage of .400 (.427) and a slugging percentage of .500 (.530)...among active players ranks first in career on-base percentage (.427), first in career OPS (.957) and third in career batting average (.311; Miguel Cabrera, .316; Jose Altuve .316)...is 1 of only 3 active players with at least 1,600 hits and 1,000 walks (Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols)...in the Sporting News' 2011 poll of baseball executives was rated the fourth-best player in baseball behind Albert Pujols, Troy Tulowitzki and Felix Hernandez...in 2010 became the 10th Reds player and third Canadian to win the Most Valuable Player Award...prior to Game 4 of the 2010 World Series received from Commissioner Bud Selig the Hank Aaron Award as the NL's best hitter...in his native Canada, was honored by 8 organizations for his 2010 MVP season...was ranked No. 1 in the Toronto Sun's 2010 list of most influential Canadians in baseball...played for Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and hit .556 (second among all WBC players) with a 1.111 slugging percentage (third best)...also played for Canada in the 2013 WBC...5 times was the National League Player of the Week (9/21-9/27, 2009; 7/25-7/31, 2011; 5/13-5/19, 2013; 6/26-7/2, 2017; 4/23-4/29, 2018)...in 2008 finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year Award voting, was a finalist for a Players Choice Award in the category of Outstanding NL Rookie, was a TOPPS Major League Rookie All-Star and was the Reds' MVP...in September 2008 received the National League Rookie of the Month Award...in 2007 was a TOPPS Class AAA All-Star, Louisville's Most Valuable Player, the International League's Rookie of the Year and an IL All-Star...in May 2007 was Louisville's and the Reds' Hitter of the Month...played in the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game and 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game...played for the World Team in MLB's All-Star Futures Games in Pittsburgh (2006) and San Francisco (2007)...in 2006 was the Southern League's MVP and batting champion, TOPPS' Southern League Player of the Year and the Reds organization's minor league Hitter of the Year...also was a Baseball America Minor League and Class AA All-Star and a TOPPS Class AA All-Star...in 2005 was selected to play for Team Canada in the IBAF XXXVI World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands...in the minor leagues produced 5 career grand slams...in 2007 became the 14th native Canadian to appear for the Reds (LHP Rheal Cormier, RHP Ryan Dempster, RHP Chris Reitsma, OF Glen Gorbous, P Bert Sincock, OF Doc Miller, P Clarence Currie, P Bob Hooper, OF Nigel Wilson, P Rube Vickers, OF Andy Kyle, P Win Kellum, OF Tip O'Neill)...graced the cover of the 8/30/10 issue of Sports Illustrated, the only Reds player to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. on 6/14/04...on 3/17/13 made a guest voice appearance on The Cleveland Show...fellow Major Leagueers Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, David Ortiz and Jimmy Rollins also were featured in the episode in which star of the show Cleveland pursues his life-long dream of becoming a baseball scout.
In 2002 graduated from Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...attended the same high school as Stephen Harper, who served as the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006-2015...grew up in the greater Toronto area of Etobicoke and in November 2014 was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame...is enshrined on Baseball Canada's Wall of Excellence.
Was voted by his peers to his sixth All-Star team, the most All-Star apps ever by a player born in Canada (Larry Walker, 5)...in the bottom of the 10th inning of the American League's 8-6 win at Nationals Park, hit a solo HR off Tor's J.A. Happ...is 1 of 7 players and only the second Red to produce a home run in extra innings in the All-Star Game (Tony Perez, 1967, 15th inning)...is the only player born in Canada to homer in the All-Star Game...from 4/23-4/29 was the National League's Player of the Week, his fifth career weekly award...for the second straight season and third time overall was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen...for the seventh time in his career led the National League in on-base percentage (.417)...is 1 of only 6 players in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 7 times (Ted Williams 12, Babe Ruth 10, Barry Bonds 10, Rogers Hornsby 7, Ty Cobb 7)...reached base safely in 127 of the 144 apps in which he had a plate appearance...also among the National League leaders ranked third in walks, fifth in BA with RISP (.339), eighth in BA on the road (.311) and 10th in BA vs RHP (.298)...led the team in walks...recorded at least 100 walks for the sixth time, tying Joe Morgan's franchise record...on 7/27 vs Phi drew his 136th career intentional walk (off Jake Thompson), a new franchise career record (Johnny Bench, 135 IBB)...finished the season with 138 career IBB...for the fourth time in his career produced more walks (108) than strikeouts (101)...on 4/17 at Mil reached 1,000 walks in 1,446 apps, the fourth-fewest games to 1,000 walks in National League history...Pete Rose (1,210) is the only other player in Reds history with at least 1,000 walks...from 6/15-6/26 recorded a walk in 11 consecutive apps (14bb, .481obp), 2 games shy of the franchise record for walks in consecutive apps (Adam Dunn, 13g, 5/15-5/28, 2002)...that streak was snapped on 6/27 at Atl, when in the first inning he was ejected by HP umpire Carlos Torres following a called strike 3...was his eighth career ejection, his first since 9/9/15...reached base safely 260 times, just 14 behind National League leader Freddie Freeman...fell short in his bid to become the 12th player in history to reach base via hit, walk or HBP at least 300 times in a season 4 times (Jeff Bagwell, Wade Boggs, Barry Bonds, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Todd Helton, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Pete Rose, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams)...Votto reached base safely at least 300 times in 2013, 2015 and 2017...from 8/17-8/29 was disabled with a right lower leg contusion suffered when he was hit by a Ryan Madson pitch on 8/4 at Wsh...in the Reds' 10 games after that HBP missed 4 starts and 2 games until he was disabled...on 8/7 & 8/8 at NYM missed consecutive starts for the first time since June 2016...missed 12 games while he was disabled...prior to his disabling missed only 8 starts and 3 of the Reds' 121 games...missed his first full game on 4/12 vs StL, snapping at 202 games his streaks of consecutive games played and consecutive games started...prior to that 4/12 day off, had appeared in and started every Reds game since he was given the day off at StL on 9/2/16, when Ivan De Jesus Jr. played 1B...during his 202 games started streak played 1,733.1 of the Reds' 1,782.1 innings in the field (97%)...was the longest games started streak by a Reds player since Pete Rose started 370 consecutive games from 1973-1976...in the Wild Card ERA has produced the Reds' second-, third- and fourth-longest games played streaks (226g, 204g, 202g)...Aaron Boone played in 241 consecutive games over the 2002-2003 seasons...from 9/7-9/16 produced a season-high 8-game hitting streak and from 5/20-6/12 produced a season-high 20-game on-base streak...made 131 starts batting third in the order, 1 start batting cleanup (5/18 at Cubs) and 8 starts batting second, including 7 straight starts batting second from 8/4-8/15...on 5/18 vs Cubs made his 29th career start batting cleanup (0-3, 1bb), his first appearance there since he hit fourth in both games of a DH on 5/15/14 vs SD...was his only start of the 2018 season batting fourth...in the first inning on 4/16 at Mil singled off Brent Suter for his 1,600th Major League hit...in the first inning on 4/17 at Mil recorded his 1,000th career walk (off Junior Guerra)...his RBI-single in the sixth inning on 4/22 at StL was the 1,604th hit of his career, moving him past Justin Morneau and into second place alone on the all-time hits list by players born in Canada (Larry Walker 1st, 2,160 hits)...in the 15-9 win on 4/27 at Min tied his career high by reaching base safely in 6 plate apps (single, double, HR, 2 walks, hit by a pitch)...he also did it on 5/18/13 at Phi (4h, 2bb)...before Votto did it in 2013, the last Reds batter to reach base safely 6 times in a 9-inning game was Sean Casey on 5/19/1999 at Col...Votto is the first Reds batter to twice reach base safely 6 times since Johnny Bench did it at Wrigley Field on 6/14/1975 and again there on 7/22/1979...in 2018, 16 Major League batters reached base 6 times...from 4/24-4/27 vs the Braves and Twins homered in 4 consecutive apps, a career high and 1 shy of the franchise record...his grand slam on 6/19 off Det's Matthew Boyd was his first home run since 5/13 at LAD...in his 30 apps between homers hit .321 (34-106, 9 2b, 2 3b, 9rbi, .442obp)...his grand slam on 9/8 vs SD off Robbie Erlin was his first home run since 7/9 at Cle, snapping a 36-game homerless streak that did not include his HR in the All-Star Game...was the second-longest single-season homerless stretch of his career (40g, 6/25-10/3, 2012)...from 5/18-6/6 did not produce an RBI over 18 apps, the longest streak of his career without driving in a run...on 7/9 at Cle hit his 266th career HR, moving him past Matt Stairs into second place alone on the all-time list of HR by players born in Canada (Walker, 383)...just prior to Opening Day was announced as winner of the 2017 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig...the award permanently is maintained at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown...also was the club's nominee for the MLBPA's Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which goes to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community most inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
In the BBWAA's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting finished second by 2 points to Mia's Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth-closest vote ever...received MVP votes for the seventh time in the last 8 seasons, for the sixth time finished among the Top 10 and for the third time finished among the Top 3...was a National League All-Star for the fifth time...also for the fifth time was a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award...for the second time was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for first basemen...was rated by field managers the best hitter in the National League...for the sixth time was voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...for the second straight year, the vote was unanimous...for the seventh time received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for his individual and team accomplishments and for the second time won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year...joined Babe Ruth (1921, 1924, 1926, 1930) and Ted Williams (1941, 1942, 1949) as the only players in Major League history to produce in a season at least 179 hits, 36 HR and 134 walks with 83 strikeouts or fewer...joined Babe Ruth (35 in 1930) and Lou Gehrig (33 in 1936) as the only players in their age-33 seasons or older to produce at least 175 hits, 130 walks and a .450 on-base percentage...Votto turned 34 in September...was the only player in the Major Leagues to produce at least 26 HR and 100 RBI while hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .500...for the eighth time in his career hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of .400...for the seventh time in his career hit at least .300 with an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .500...for the third straight year and fifth time in his career produced at least 100 walks in a season...only 2 other players in club history have more than one 100-walk season: Joe Morgan (6 times) and Adam Dunn (5 times)...led the Major Leagues by reaching base safely 321 times, breaking his own club record (319, 2015)...Col's Charlie Blackmon reached base 288 times to rank second...reached base at least 300 times in a season for the third time in his career, 1 shy of Pete Rose's club record...led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage, walks and intentional walks...tied KC's Alcides Escobar for the Major League lead in games started (162)...led the National League in walks for the fifth time, in on-base percentage for the sixth time and in both categories in the same season for the fourth time...also led the National League in OPS (1.032)...led the Major Leagues with a walks-to-strikeouts ratio of 1.61...LAD's Justin Turner was second at 1.05 and LAA's Mike Trout third at 1.04...only 14 times struck out more than once, including a season-high 3 strikeouts twice (8/18 at Atl, 9/30 at Chi)...from 6/5-6/16 did not strike out in a season-high 43 straight plate apps...became the first player in Reds history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBI, 300 total bases and 300 times on base...3 of the previous 5 Major League players to produce those numbers won the Most Valuable Player Award a total of 4 times (Mike Trout, Albert Pujols twice, Alex Rodriguez)...reached base safely in 150 apps, breaking his 2013 club record (146g)...reached base safely at least twice in 107 apps, tying his 2015 club record...reached base safely at least 3 times in 51 apps, tying his career high (2015)...tied his career high with 106 runs scored (2010)...produced on-base streaks of 27 games (4/24-5/24), 29 games (7/26-8/26) and 32 games (8/27-end of the season)...his 32-game on-base streak tied teammate Zack Cozart's as the longest by a Reds batter this season and tied for the second-longest in the Major Leagues this year (SF's Eduardo Nunez, 33g)...his 29-game on-base streak from 7/26-8/26 included a stretch from 7/26-8/15 during which he reached base safely at least twice in 20 straight games, a franchise record and 1 shy of Ted Williams' 1948 Major League record, and a 17-game hitting streak from 7/26-8/12 that tied his career high and ranked as the longest by a Reds batter in 2017...the 17-game hitting streak tied for the third-longest in the National League this season...appeared in 162 games for the second time in his career (2013) but became the first Reds player to start all 162 games in a non-strike year since Pete Rose in 1975...played first base in 1,391.2 of the team's 1,430 innings...established a new franchise record by producing his fourth season OPS of at least 1.000 (1.024 in 2010, 1.041 in 2012, 1.000 in 2015, 1.032 in 2017)...shared the club mark with Frank Robinson, who did it in 3 consecutive seasons from 1960-1962...Kal Daniels (1987), George Foster (1977), Joe Morgan (1976), Bernie Carbo (1970) and Ted Kluszewski (1954) each had 1 season with an OPS of at least 1.000 while playing for the Reds...with a 7.5 WAR as calculated by Baseball Reference ranked first among Major League first basemen and fourth among all position players (Jose Altuve 8.4, Aaron Judge 8.1, Giancarlo Stanton 7.6)...became the first Reds batter to draw at least 20 intentional walks in a season since Dave Parker in 1985 (24)...his 132 career intentional walks are 3 shy of the franchise record held by Johnny Bench (135, 1967-83)...intentional walks became a statistic in 1955...his season batting average peaked at .321 through his third plate appearance on 9/29 (177-551, .32123)...among first basemen ranked second in the National League in fielding percentage...was the league leader in fielding percentage at first base through the first 154 games of the season, then committed 2 errors in his last 8 apps...produced a pair of season-high 53-game errorless streaks (5/27-7/25, 7/27-9/22), his longest single-season errorless streaks since he began 2011 with 65 consecutive errorless games...on 7/3 at Col hit a solo homer off Jeff Hoffman to become the 10th Reds player and 28th active player with 1,500 career hits...on 7/28 at Mia produced his 800th career RBI, tying Frank McCormick for 11th on the Reds' all-time list...in his first plate appearance on 8/6 vs StL produced a 3-run HR off Adam Wainwright...was the 250th HR of his career and 135th HR at Great American Ball Park, tying Jay Bruce for most among all players in that ballpark...homered again the next night vs SD off Jhoulys Chacin to set new ballpark record with his 136th homer there...on 8/27 vs Pit, with 5 walks tied the club record for the second time (Hughie Critz on 5/28/1926 at StL, Johnny Bench on 7/22/1979 at Chi, Votto on 9/23/2013 vs NYM)...over 2 apps on 8/27 vs Pit and 8/29 vs NYM recorded 8 walks total and a walk in 6 consecutive plate apps, the longest streak in the Major Leagues since Col's Brad Hawpe walked 6 straight times from 6/22-6/23, 2008...was National League Player of the Week for 6/26-7/2 (11-21, .524, 3hr, 6rbi, 1.095slg, .630obp)...was his fourth career award and first since May 2013.
Unanimously was voted by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...won the award for the fifth time...finished seventh in the BBWAA's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting...received MVP votes for the sixth time in the last 7 seasons and for the fifth time finished among the Top 10...was a finalist for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award, presented to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league...for the sixth time received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for his individual and team accomplishments...ranked among the National League leaders in almost every statistical category, including on-base percentage (.434, 1st), OPS (.985, 2nd), walks (T2nd), hitting (3rd), slugging percentage (.550, 6th), hits (8th), RBI (10th), runs (9th) and total bases (306, 10th)...became only the 10th player in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 5 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9), Ty Cobb (7), Wade Boggs (6), Stan Musial (6), Lou Gehrig (5) and Carl Yastrzemski (5)...after hitting .213 through May, his season batting average peaked at .327 after his fourth at bat on 10/1 vs Chi (180-551, .3266787)...beginning 6/1 led the Major Leagues in batting average (.378) and on-base percentage (.482) while ranking third in the majors and second in the National League in slugging percentage (.619; Freddie Freeman .641, Brian Dozier .631)...after the All-Star break led the Major Leagues in hitting (.408), on-base percentage (.490) and slugging percentage (.668)...became the first player to hit .400 over the second half of a season since Sea's Ichiro Suzuki hit .429 in 2004...led the team in runs scored, hits, total bases, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, BA with RISP (.356) and multi-hit games (48) and tied Brandon Phillips for the club lead in doubles...fell 1 HR and 3 RBI shy of his second 30-double, 30-homer, 100-RBI season...the other was his 2010 MVP season...fell 1 HR shy of becoming the first Reds player ever to hit .325 with 30 HR, a .430 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage...this season he hit .326 with 29 HR, a .434 OBP and a .550 slugging percentage...for the seventh time hit hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of at least .400...reached base 294 times, second-most in the Major Leagues (Mike Trout 300)...produced at least 100 walks for the fourth time...only 2 other players in franchise history have more than one 100-walk season: Joe Morgan (6 times) and Adam Dunn (5)...became only the second Reds player with at least 30 doubles in 8 different seasons (Pete Rose, 13 seasons)...hit .229 in April, .200 in May, .319 in June, .419 in July, .394 in August and .389 in September/October...on 8/31 at LAA, went 1-for-4 to finish hitting .394 for the month of August after hitting .419 in July...with 1 more hit or 2 fewer at bats he would have become the first Reds player and first Major League batter since 2010 to hit at least .400 in consecutive months...in 2010, Josh Hamilton hit .454 in June and .418 in July...Vada Pinson in 1961 is the only Reds batter since 1900 to hit at least .400 in any 2 months of a season (.406 in May, .403 in September)...hit safely in 61 of his 72 apps after the All-Star break (107-262, .408, 15hr, 55rbi, 1.158ops), including a career-high 17-game hitting streak to open the second half that was snapped on 8/4 vs StL (29-58, .500, 3 2b, 4hr, 12rbi, 17bb)...during the streak raised his season BA from .252 to .293...was the longest hitting streak by a Reds batter since Brandon Phillips' 22-game streak in 2007...from 9/8-9/16 went 8g and 34 plate apps without reaching base by walk, his longest stretch since 4/23-4/30, 2013 (8g, 34ab, 34pa)...hasn't gone more than 8g without a walk since an 11-game stretch from 7/21-8/1, 2009 (41ab, 42pa)...on 5/30 at Col hit his 200th career HR (solo off Jason Motte)...on 6/18 at Hou made his only career appearance at DH...on 9/23 at Mil lined into a 3-3-6 triple play, the first by a Reds batter since Edwin Encarnacion lined into a 6-4-3 triple play on 4/12/09 at Pit.
Finished third in the BBWAA's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting and was 1 of 3 finalists in the Players Choice Awards category of Comeback Player of the Year...for the fourth time received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...for the fifth time in 6 seasons received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award...fell 1 home run and 7 walks shy of joining Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 with 30 home runs and 150 walks...established modern franchise records for walks (143), number of games reaching base at least twice (107) and total number of times reaching base via hit, walk or HBP (319)...he broke his own records, all set in 2013...from 8/11-10/2 reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 48 consecutive games (.357ba, .528obp), tying Pete Rose's single-season modern franchise record (6/12-8/2, 1978)... was the longest single-season streak in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached safely in 52 straight in 2007 (6/20-8/25) and the longest in the NL since Barry Bonds' 58-game streak in 2003...from 7/10-7/28 reached base safely at least twice via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 15 consecutive apps, also a single-season franchise record (.500ba, 4 2b, 4hr, 9rbi, 17bb, 2hbp, .833slg, .642obp)...the club's previous single-season mark of 13 such games was shared by Joe Kelley (1903), Johnny Temple (1958), Pete Rose (1967) and Adam Dunn (2002)...after the All-Star break led the Major Leagues in hitting (.362), on-base percentage (.535) and walks (86) and ranked sixth in the majors in slugging percentage (.617)...the only other players since the advent of the All-Star Game to produce in either half of a season a .362 batting average, .535 on-base percentage and 1.152 OPS are Ted Williams (1941 post-ASG, .406ba, .583obp, 1.373ops) and Barry Bonds (2004 pre-ASG, .365ba, .628obp, 1.422ops)...for the season led the Major Leagues in walks...led the NL in walks for the fourth time in 5 seasons and came to within .002 of leading the league in on-base percentage for the fifth time in 6 years (.459, Bryce Harper .460)...overall ranked among the NL leaders in at least 16 statistical categories...led the club in apps, runs, walks, intentional walks (15), 2-hit games (42), 3-hit games (13) and multi-hit games (55)...also led the club batting both second (70g) and third (86) in the order... became only the third player in Reds history to produce at least 30 doubles in 7 seasons (Pete Rose, Vada Pinson)...overall reached safely in 144 of his 158 apps and fell 2g shy of his franchise record for number of games in a season reaching base (146, 2013)...reached base safely in at least 140g in a season for the third time (2011, 2013)...Rose (6x) and Frank Robinson are the only other Reds batters to reach base in 140g in any season...in addition to his 48-game on base streak, from 5/20-6/25 put together a 32-game on-base streak that when snapped ranked as the longest streak in the majors (.310ba, .424obp)...his 34 multi-walk games were a career high...14 times walked at least 3 times in a game, with a high of 4 walks on 7/31 vs Pit...his 38 walks in August were a club record for a calendar month (32, Joe Morgan, July 1979) and the most by any Major League batter since SF's Barry Bonds walked 40 times in September 2004...in the 11-2 win on 6/9 vs Phi produced his third career 3-homer game (4rbi, 4r), tying the club record he shares with 26 other players...is only the second Reds player (along with Johnny Bench) and 36th player in Major League history with at least three 3-homer games...also had a 2-homer game (4/10 vs StL)...on 5/24 at Cle hit his 250th career double (off Trevor Bauer)...on 7/4 vs Mil made his 900th career start next to 2B Brandon Phillips...on 7/25 at Col produced his 600th RBI (RBI-single off Chris Rusin)...from 8/28-9/7 produced a season-high 10-game hitting streak (.485, 3hr, 8rbi)...on 9/21 at StL walked (off Jaime Garcia) for the 136th time, setting a new single-season club record...in the 11th inning on 10/2 at Pit was hit by an Antonio Bastardo pitch to reach base for the 317th time, setting a new single-season club record...was ejected 3 times (5/6 at Pit by HP Chris Conroy, 8/2 vs Pit following a bench-clearing incident, 9/9 vs Pit by HP Bill Welke)...were the fifth, sixth and seventh ejections of his career...served 1-game suspensions on 5/9/g1 at WSox (for 5/6 ejection) and 9/18 at Mil (for 9/9 ejection, reduced from 2g).
Missed 99 games with a distal quad strain in his left knee...missed 23g from 5/16-6/9 and beginning 7/6 missed the last 76g of the season...in his absence the Reds went 43-56 (11-12, 32-44)...despite his 2 stints on the disabled list ranked second on the club in walks (47) behind Todd Frazier (52)...made 23 starts batting second, 32 starts batting third and 6 starts batting fourth...in the first inning of the second game of the year, following a rain delay of 2:40, doubled off StL's Michael Wacha for his first hit of the season and 1,000th hit of his career...on 5/9 and 5/10 vs Col homered on consecutive pitchers over 2g...in the 4-3 win on 5/9, batting fourth in the lineup for the first time since 8/10/09 at StL, produced his fourth career walkoff HR (solo off Boone Logan), then on the first pitch of his next plate appearance the next night homered off Jordan Lyles...on 6/15 at Mil recorded his 600th career walk in his 935th appearance...since 1900, the only other players with 600 walks and a career batting average as high as Votto's .312 mark through their first 935 apps are Ted Williams (.353, 856bb), Babe Ruth (.344, 724bb), Frank Thomas (.327, 774bb) and Mickey Mantle (.316, 659bb)...on 4/12 vs TB made his ninth career start batting second in the order and his first start in that spot since 8/8/08 vs Hou...had batted third in the Reds' starting lineup since 8/10/09 at StL, when he hit cleanup for the second of 2 straight games...from 8/11/09-4/11/14 made 635 consecutive starts batting third.
Was named to his fourth straight All-Star team and finished sixth in the BBWAA's Most Valuable Player Award voting...was a finalist for the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award...during spring training was voted by fans the Face of Major League Baseball...for the third straight season was rated by opposing managers the National League's batter with the best strike zone judgment...established single-season club records for walks with 135 (132, Joe Morgan, 1975) and for times on base safely via hit, walk or HBP with 316 (311, Pete Rose, 1969), both the highest totals in the Major Leagues...his 135 walks are the most in the Major Leagues since Barry Bonds established the all-time record with 232 walks in 2004...for the third straight season led the National League in walks and for the fourth straight year led the NL in on-base percentage...since 1900 is the first batter in Reds history and the ninth player to lead the National League in walks for 3 straight seasons (Barry Bonds last, 2000-2004)...is the first Red and sixth player in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage for 4 straight years...is only the third batter in Reds history to record more than 100 walks in a season more than once (2011, 2013; Joe Morgan 6 times, Adam Dunn 5 times)...with his fifth walk on 9/23 vs NYM tied both the club record for walks in a game (Hughie Critz, 5/28/26 at StL & Johnny Bench, 7/22/79 at Chi) and Morgan's club record for walks in a season...reached base safely in 146 of his 162 apps, including a season-high streak of 38g (6/13-7/26)...from 9/23-9/25 vs NYM went hitless in 3 straight games for the only time all season and for the first time since 9/17-9/19, 2011...on 9/24 and 9/25 vs NYM, for the only time all season did not reach base safely in 2 consecutive games...became the first Reds player to appear in 162g since Aaron Boone in 2002...made 161 starts, his only game out of the lineup on 6/14 vs Mil but pinch hit and walked...finished the season with 999 career hits...his season-high 12-game hitting streak from 5/11-5/24 included 9 multi-hit games (24-47, .511, 2 2b, 4hr, 10rbi, 16r)...was NL Player of the Week for 5/13-5/19, his third weekly award, after leading the majors in hitting (.583) and on-base percentage (.655)...since 1933, the only 2 players in Major League history with at least 112 hits and 71 walks prior to the All-Star break are Votto (112h, 71bb in 2013) and Frank Thomas (1994, 116h, 84bb)...from 4/27-5/29 hit .486 during an 18-game road hitting streak...on 4/25 at Wsh homered off Gio Gonzalez for the Reds' only hit, the first Reds player to homer in an opposing team's 1-hitter since Jerry Hairston Jr. homered off SD's Mat Latos on 7/29/09...on 5/18 at Phi became only the fourth Reds player to reach base 6 times (4-4, 2bb) while hitting a homer (Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Sean Casey)...produced his 500th RBI on 7/20 vs Pit and his 150th HR on 8/2 vs StL (3-run off Shelby Miller)...on 9/6 and 9/7 vs LAD followed his season-high 0-for-13 skid by reaching base safely in each of 9 straight plate apps, a new career high (4 hits, 5 walks)...in the National League's 3-0 All-Star Game loss at Citi Field went 0-for-2...in 2 starts at 1B and 1 start at DH for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic went 2-for-9 (5bb, 5r).
Was named to his third All-Star team, finished 14th in the BBWAA's Most Valuable Player voting and was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ... missed 48g with a knee injury but still led the National League in on-base percentage (.474), walks (94, tied w/ Dan Uggla) and intentional walks (18) ... established a club record for on-base percentage (.441, Joe Morgan, 1976)...fell 27 plate apps shy of qualifying for the league leaders but led the NL in on-base percentage pursuant to Rule 10.22(a) ... became only the second player to lead the Reds in on-base percentage for 3 consecutive seasons (Joe Morgan, 1974-1976) and only the eighth player to lead the NL in 3 straight years (Morgan, Barry Bonds, Mike Schmidt, Elbie Fletcher, Arky Vaughn, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner) ... for the second straight season was rated by opposing managers the National League's best defensive first baseman and the batter with the best strike zone judgment ... was rated the NL's best hitter in 2012 ... from 7/17-9/3 was on the disabled list following a pair of arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee ... suffered the injury on 6/29 at SF but appeared in 7 more Reds games and the All-Star Game before he went on the DL ... on 7/17 had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus ... on 8/11 he had a floating piece of cartilage removed in a 6-minute procedure ... after he returned to the lineup on 9/5 reached base safely in 24 of his 25 apps (24-76, .316, 7rbi) and in that span led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.505) and walks (28) ... on 9/5 vs Phi, in his first plate appearance after surgery, singled off Roy Halladay ... in 86 apps prior to the injury hit .342 (36 2b, 14hr, 49rbi) and was leading the NL in doubles (36), walks (66), intentional walks (13), on-base percentage (.465), extra-base hits (50) and BA vs RHP (.360) ... in 78 of his first 86 apps reached base safely via hit or walk, including a seasonhigh streak of 28 straight from 4/15-5/17 ... prior to his injury appeared in 86 of the Reds' 88g and missed only 3 starts (5/30 at Pit, 7/1 at SF, 7/2 at LA) ... although he missed 48g still produced a career-high 44 doubles, which tied for second in the NL ... before his injury was on pace for 66 doubles, 1 shy of the Major League record (67, Bos' Earl Webb, 1931) ... did establish the club record for doubles prior to the All-Star break (35) ...from 4/8-4/28 went 19 apps between his first and second home runs, the second-longest drought of his career (20g, 4/29-5/21, 2011) ... in the 9-6 win on 5/13 vs Wsh tied career highs with 4h, 4r and 3hr while establishing new career bests with 6rbi and 14tb ... homered twice off Nationals starter Edwin Jackson and then hit a walkoff grand slam off Henry Rodriguez ... in 28g from 5/19-6/18 went 44-for-98 with 12 doubles and 7 homers (.449ba, .786slg, .542obp, 22r) ... became the first Reds player since Frank Robinson in 1961 to produce at least 44 hits and 19 extra-base hits over a span of as few as 100ab ... during the Division Series vs SF produced a 3-hit game in Game 2 and 2-hit games in Games 4 and 5.
Was a National League All-Star for the second straight seasonand became the first Reds first baseman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award...finished sixth in the league's MVP voting...for the second straight year and thirdtime in the last 4 seasons was voted by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers'Association of America the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most ValuablePlayer...for the second straight season received the Canadian Baseball Hall ofFame's Tip O'Neill Award for his individual and team accomplishments, sharingthe award with Brewers pitcher John Axford...established a club single-season record for assists by a firstbaseman (173) and was rated by opposing managers the best defensive first baseman in the National League...was the club's nominee for the Hank Award Award, presented annually to each league's best hitter...led theNational League in doubles (40), walks (110), on-base percentage (.416), BA on the road (.334) and BA withRISP (.383)...ranked among the NL leaders in games (161, T2nd), total bases (318, 4th), overall hitting (.309,5th), extra-base hits (72, 5th), runs (101, T5th), multi-hit games (55, T5th), hits (185, 6th), RBI (103, 6th),intentional walks (15, T6th), BA vs LHP (.333, 7th), slugging (.531, 9th) and BA in day games (.312, 9th)...fell11 points and 1 homer short in his attempt to become only the second player in Reds history to hit at least.320 with 30hr and 100rbi in more than 1 season (Frank Robinson, 1961 & 1962)...also was trying to becomethe first Reds batter to hit .320 in 3 straight seasons since Cooperstown Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi did it in4 straight from 1935-38...established career highs in games, at bats, hits and doubles...became the first Redsbatter with consecutive 100-RBI seasons since Adam Dunn in 2004 and 2005...was NL Player of the Week for7/25-7/31...reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 145 of his 161 apps, including a season-high streak of33g to begin the season (.345, 5hr, 18rbi, 29bb)...that streak was snapped on 5/8 at Cubs, just 1g shy of theclub's modern record for reaching base safely to begin a season (34g, Dave Collins, 1981)...only 4 times allyear went consecutive games without reaching base (6/17-6/18 vs Tor, 7/19-7/20 at Pit, 9/4 at StL & 9/5 atChi, 9/18 vs Mil & 9/19 vs Hou)...has not failed to reach safely over any 3-game span since 8/30 vs LAD and8/31 vs Pit (DH), 2009...played in all but 1g (5/9 at Hou) and missed just 3 starts, on 5/9 at Hou (Cin's 35thgame), 7/25 vs NYM (102nd game, PH) and 8/23 at Fla (128th game, PH/1B)...from 8/13-8/26 produced aseason-high 11-game hitting streak (16-32, .500, 6hr, 13rbi)...in the third inning on 6/25 at Bal hit his 100thcareer HR (3-run off Brian Matusz), then 2 innings later added another (2-run off Matusz) for his seventhcareer multi-homer game...his second 2-homer game, in the 14-inning, 5-4 win on 8/28 vs Wsh, included awalkoff solo HR off Collin Balester...produced the first of his 2 walkoff hits in the 10th inning of the 6-5 winon 5/13 vs StL, an RBI-single off Jason Motte...from 7/26-7/28 homered in 3 straight games for thesecond time in his career (9/3-9/5, 2008)...never inhis career has homered in 4 straight games...in thesixth inning on 9/17 vs Mil drew his 106th walk toestablish a new single-season record for playersfrom Canada (Jack Graney, 105bb, 1919)...senthis batting gloves to the Canadian Baseball Hall ofFame...produced his 100th RBI on 9/24 at Pit (RBIdoubleoff Brad Lincoln).
Became the 10th Reds player andthird Canadian to win the Most Valuable PlayerAward...was named to his first All-Star team afterreceiving 13.7 million votes in the 2010 All-StarGame Final Vote...also was a Sporting News All-Star in voting of his peers...prior to Game 4 of theWorld Series received the Hank Aaron Award as theNational League's best hitter...in his native Canada,was honored by 7 organizations for his outstanding2010 season...was ranked No. 1 in the Toronto Sun's2010 list of most influential Canadians in baseball...for the second time in 3 seasons unanimously wasvoted the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...also was a finalist for the MLBPA Players'Choice Player of the Year Award and Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Award Presented byPepsi...led the Reds to the National League Central Division championship while ranking among the NL's Top3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories...led the MajorLeagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage(.600), hitting vs RHP (.347), RBI ratio (4.8ab) and OPS (1.024)...among NL batters in the prestigious TripleCrown categories ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI...led the Reds in hitting, runs,hits, total bases (328), doubles, homers, RBI, walks, slugging, on-base percentage, 2-hit games (36), 3-hitgames (12, tied w/ Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips) and multi-hit games (51)...is only the fourth player in Redshistory to hit at least .320 with 37 HR and 113 RBI in a season, joining MVP George Foster in 1977, FrankRobinson in 1961 (MVP) & 1962 and Ted Kluszewski in 1954...is the first Reds first baseman to produce a30-homer season since Lee May hit 39 in 1971, the first with 100rbi since Tony Perez had 109 in 1975 andthe first to steal at least 16 bases since Dan Driessen had 19 in 1980...is the first Reds batter with at least30hr and 100rbi in a season since Adam Dunn had 40hr and 106rbi in 2007...is the first Reds batter to leadthe team in hitting, HR and RBI since Eric Davis in 1989...in his last 60 apps of the season hit .352 (76-216,14hr, 49rbi) as the Reds battled for the division title...in April hit .275 (23g, 4hr, 12rbi)...in 127g the rest of theseason hit .332 (33hr, 101rbi)...on 5/20 at Atl highlighted the Reds' 8-run second inning with his first careergrand slam (off Tommy Hanson)...from 5/15-7/3 reached base safely in a career-high 41 straight games, thelongest such streak by a Reds batter since Pete Rose reached base safely in 48 straight games from 6/12-8/2, 1978 and the third-longest in the Major Leagues in 2010 (NYY's Mark Teixeira 42g, Fla's Logan Morrison42g)...during the 41-game streak hit .325 with .427 on-base and .592 slugging percentages (51-157, 11hr,33rbi, 24bb, 4hbp)...that streak was snapped on 7/4 at Chi, when he was ejected in the top of the first inningby HP umpire Angel Camps for arguing balls and strikes...the next day started another on-base streak thatreached 10 consecutive games before it was snapped on 7/19 vs Wsh (10-34, .294, 3hr, 3rbi, 10bb)...on 8/15vs Fla was ejected again, also in the first inning, by HP umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing balls and strikes...inhis career has been ejected 4 times, all for arguing balls and strikes...on 8/8 at Chi scored a career-high 4 runs,tying with Jonny Gomes for the most by a Reds batter in a game in 2010...in the 12-inning, 12-11 win on 8/25at SF produced 4 hits, 2 homers and 4rbi, including the game-winning RBI-single off Barry Zito...produced his100th RBI of the season on a first-inning groundout on 9/9 at Col...inthe 10-inning, 5-4 win vs Pit on 9/11 snapped an 0-for-10 skid withhis first career walkoff HR (solo off Justin Thomas)...in the eighthinning of the 5-2 win on 9/20 at Mil snapped the 2-2 tie with a 2-runHR off Kameron Loe...on 9/26 at SD became only the fifth lefthandedbatter to homer off LHP Clayton Richard and the first since 8/1/07...graces the cover of the 8/30 issue of Sports Illustrated, the first Redsplayer to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. on 6/14/04...12 Reds playersnow have appeared solo 23 times on the Sports Illustrated cover,including Pete Rose (8 times), Johnny Bench (3), Griffey Jr. (2),Tom Seaver (2), Joe Morgan (1), George Foster (1), Eric Davis (1),Chris Sabo (1), Deion Sanders (1), Joey Jay (1) and Roy McMillan(1)...owner Marge Schott also appeared on 1 cover...was the club'snominee and a finalist for the Hutch Award, presented each year tothe Major League player who best exemplifies the honor, courageand dedication of former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson.
Led the club in hitting (.322), runs (82), total bases (266), doubles (38), HR (25), walks (70),multi-hit games (44) and 4-hit games (4)...his career-high 14-game hitting streak from 6/27-7/11 (.362, 2hr, 6rbi),tied Willy Taveras for the longest by a Reds batter all season...ranked among the National League leaders inhitting (5th), on-base percentage (.414, 4th), slugging percentage (.567, 5th), hitting on the road (.335, 4th),hitting with RISP (.336, 8th), hitting at night (.323, 6th), hitting vs RHP (.319, 9th) and hitting vs LHP (.329,8th)...beginning 9/10 led all Major League hitters in batting average (.440), raising BA from a season-low .296...hit 16 doubles in September, a club record for a calendar month...was NL Player of the Week for 9/21-9/27after leading the majors in almost every statistical category...as part of that Player of the Week performance,from 9/22-9/26 became the first Major League player with 10 doubles over a 5-game span since Pit's PaulWaner did it in 1932...on 9/22 and 9/23 at Pit reached base in 8 straight plate apps to raise BA from .304to .315 (7 hits, 5 doubles, 1 walk)...reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 113 of his 131 apps...became thefirst Reds batter to hit .300 in a season since Sean Casey (.312) and Ken Griffey Jr. (.301) did it in 2005...became the first Reds player with at least 20 homers as a rookie and again in the following season since Hallof Famer Frank Robinson did it in 1956 and 1957...became the first Reds first baseman with 20 doubles and20 homers in consecutive seasons since Sean Casey in 1999 and 2000...led the club with 128 starts at 1Band 124 starts batting third in the order...also batted cleanup (4gs, last on 8/10 at StL)....from 5/30-6/22 missed21g while on the disabled list with depression and anxiety related to the death of his father in August 2008...hit .357 in 38 apps before he went on the DL and .309 in 93 apps after he came off the DL...in the Reds' 17gfrom 5/7-5/25 missed 12 starts with a respiratory infection and dizziness...in 3 of his apps during that spanstarted but left games with dizziness...left the game on 5/29 at Mil with stress-related issues and the next daywent on the 15-day disabled list...didn't play for the Reds again until 6/23 in his hometown of Toronto...in the7-5 win on 6/25 at Tor made the first of his 4 starts battingcleanup (4-5, double, HR, 3rbi)...played in every inning ofevery game until he left in the sixth inning of the 15-3 lossvs Mil on 5/6...didn't start any of the next 4g because of therespiratory infection and dizziness, but entered the gameon 5/10 vs StL as a defensive replacement and in his firstplate appearance homered off Kyle McClellan...on 8/19 vsSF left in the middle of the first inning with a retinal migraneheadache...was ejected twice, on 7/12 at NYM by HP umpireBill Welke and on 7/27 vs SD by 3B umpire Jerry Crawford,both times for arguing balls and strikes...finished hitless inboth games, the first ejection snapped his career-high 14-game hitting streak and the second snapped a 7-game hittingstreak...were the first ejections of his career...played forCanada in the World Baseball Classic and hit .556 (secondamong all WBC players) with a 1.111 slugging percentage(third best).
In his first full Major League seasonfinished second in the National League Rookie of the YearAward voting, was a finalist for a Players Choice Awardin the category of Outstanding NL Rookie, was a TOPPSMajor League Rookie All-Star and in a unanimous vote ofthe local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association ofAmerica received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds'Most Valuable Player...led NL rookies in hitting (.297), hits(156), HR (24), total bases (266), multi-hit games (42),on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.506) and ranked second in RBI (84), runs scored (69), doubles (32) andextra-base hits (59)...among all NL batters ranked fourth with a .317bain day games...ranked eighth among all NL first basemen in fieldingpercentage (.991, 11e, 1197tc) and established a club record for firstbasemen with 136 assists (135, Frank McCormick, 1944)...led theReds in games (151), hitting, hits, total bases, doubles and RBI...became the first player in franchise history to produce at least 20homers and 30 doubles in his rookie season...also led the club with18g of at least 3 hits, the most by any rookie in the Major Leagues...hit 23 of his 24 homers as a first baseman, a new franchise record forhome runs by a rookie at that position (Ted Kluszewski, 12hr, 1948)and the second-most by any rookie in Reds history (Frank Robinson,38hr, 1956)...his 84rbi were the third-most in Reds history by a rookie(Frank McCormick, 106rbi, 1938 & Jim Greengrass, 100rbi, 1953)...after the All-Star break hit .321 (11hr, 44rbi)...in August led the club in hitting (.382) and RBI (18)...in Septemberled the club in hitting (.309), HR (9) and RBI (20) and earned the National League's Rookie of the MonthAward presented by Gillette...beginning 7/30, in his last 48g of the season hit .351 (11hr, 40rbi)...in his last11g of the season hit .452 with 8 multi-hit games (5hr, 12rbi), raising BA from .283 to season-ending .297...finished the season with a 7-game hitting streak that tied his career high, including 5 multi-hit games (13-26,.500, 3hr, 7rbi)...led the club with 55 starts batting seventh in the order but also hit first (1g, 6/18 vs LAD),second (8gs), third (20gs), fourth (18gs), fifth (17gs), sixth (18gs) and eighth (1gs, 7/23 vs SD)...from 8/9-8/15was on the bereavement list...in his 39 apps after he was reinstated from the bereavement list hit .343 (10hr,31rbi)...twice produced 3 straight 3-hit games (5/25-5/28, 8/21-8/23)...produced a 3-homer game (5/7 vs Chi,see box), a 2-homer game (9/19 vs Mil) and his first career pinch-hit HR (5/18 vs Cle, off Cliff Lee)...from9/3-9/5 homered in 3 straight games...in the 9-2 win on 4/17 at Chi tied his career high with 5rbi on a 3-rundouble and 2-run HR off LHP Ted Lilly...in the 2-0 victory on 6/4 at Phi drove in both runs and had 2 of theReds' 3 hits...from 6/24-6/26 returned to his native Toronto for a 3-game series with the Blue Jays and went1-for-11...in the 7-2 win vs NYM on 7/19 produced his first career triple, a 2-run shot off Aaron Heilmann thatgave Cin its 5-run lead...on 5/3 at Atl made his first career start batting cleanup...entered the season rated byBaseball America as the 44th-best prospect in baseball.
Entered the season rated the third-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America andfinished it in the Major Leagues by hitting .321 (4hr, 17rbi) in 24 apps for the Reds...spent the minor leagueseason at Louisville, where in his first season at Class AAA he was that club's Most Valuable Player, theInternational League's Rookie of the Year and a TOPPS All-Star...ranked among the IL leaders in HR (22, 4th),RBI (92, 2nd), hits (146, T5th), OBP (.382, 7th) and batting average (.294, T13th)...led all Reds minor leaguersin RBI and ranked third in HR and seventh in hitting...was voted to the IL's post-season All-Star team...playedin the Triple-A All-Star Game and for the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game...homered in the FuturesGame...joined the Reds after Louisville's season ended...made 21 starts (15 at 1B, 6 in LF)...hit safely in 18 ofhis 21 starts...made his first 12 starts at 2B...following season-ending injuries to Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr. andJosh Hamilton made 6 of his last 9 starts in LF...in September tied for the club lead in doubles (7) and rankedsecond in HR (4) and RBI (17)...on 9/4 vs NYM made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter and struckout vs Guillermo Mota...on 9/5 vs Mets made his first career start, played 1B and produced his first career hitand RBI (solo HR off John Maine)...was 1 of 3 Reds rookies to produce a homer for his first career hit (JoshHamilton, Ryan Jorgensen)...on 9/14 at Mil recorded his first career stolen base...put together hitting streaksof 4, 4 and 6g...in the season finale on 9/30 vs Chi produced a double, homer and 5rbi...was 1 of 10 Redsplayers to make his Major League debut in 2007 (OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Jared Burton, LHP Jon Coutlangus,RHP Brad Salmon, RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Phil Dumatrait, RHP Tom Shearn, RHP Marcus McBeth, C RyanHanigan)...in May was Louisville's Hitter of the Month and the organization's Hitter of the Month (.402, 6hr,21rbi)...was International League Batter of the Week for 8/13-8/19 (.360, 5hr, 12rbi)...on 8/17 at Charlotte and8/18 at Durham became just the second player in Louisville history to produce consecutive 2-homer games...from 5/7-5/25 put together a 17-game hitting streak, sixth-longest in the International League in 2007...from5/4-6/20 reached base safely in 42 consecutive games, second-longest streak in the IL...in a survey of leaguemanagers was voted best batting prospect and the batter with the best strike zone judgment...following theseason was rated the 10th-best prospect in the International League.
At Class AA Chattanooga was the Southern League's Most Valuable Player and battingchampion, TOPPS' Southern League Player of the Year and the Reds organization's minor league Hitter ofthe Year...was a Baseball America Minor League and Class AA All-Star and a TOPPS Class AA All-Star...was the North Division's starting first baseman in the Southern League All-Star Game and played in MajorLeague Baseball's All-Star Futures Game in Pittsburgh...led the SL in hitting (.319), hits (162), doubles (46),on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.547), extra-base hits (70), total bases (278), runs scored(85) and walks (78)...ranked second in the SL in homers (22)...fell 1 double shy of the Southern Leaguerecord...ranked among all Class AA leaders in doubles (T1st), extra-base hits (2nd), hits (3rd), total bases(3rd), walks (78, 3rd), hitting (6th), runs (7th) and homers (T9th)...ranked among all minor league batters indoubles (T1st), extra-base hits (T3rd), total bases (9th) and hits (T10th)...in June was the organization's MinorLeague Player of the Month and TOPPS' Southern League Player of the Month (.355, 8hr, 24rbi, 5sb)... wasSouthern League Player of the Month for 6/12-6/18...finished the season with a season-high 13-game hittingstreak (.391)...hit .351 (17hr, 60rbi) vs RHP and .262 (5hr, 17rbi) vs LHP...following the season was rankedby Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Southern League...following the season played forLeones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (11g, .294, 1hr, 7rbi, 4sb).
Spent the season with the Florida State League Reds in Sarasota, where in 124g he hit .256 and ledthe club in hits (119), doubles (23), HR (17) and RBI (83)...was selected to play for Team Canada in the IBAFXXXVI World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands...following the season played for Mesa in the prestigious ArizonaFall League (10g, .250, 3rbi)...entered the '05 season ranked by Baseball America
as the fourth-best prospectin the organization...on 11/18 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.
In 135g at Class A Dayton and Class A Potomac combined to hit .301 with 19hr, 92rbi and 10 stolen bases...ledall Reds minor leaguers in batting average and RBI and ranked T2nd in home runs...began the season at Dayton,where twice he was named Midwest League Player of the Week (4/26-5/2, 6/14-6/20)...in an 8-3 win at Clinton on4/18 produced 2 homers, including a grand slam, and a season-high 7rbi...had 2hr and 4rbi in a 10-inning, 8-6 win on6/30 at Wisconsin...from 7/25-8/3 had a season-high 10-game hitting streak (16-38, .421, 2hr, 11rbi)...on 8/10 wastransferred to Potomac, where he played his last 24g of the season...hit a grand slam in the 5-4 win on 9/6 vs Winston-Salem...following the season was named Best Player of the Florida Instructional League...entered the '04 seasonranked by Baseball America
as the fifth-best prospect in the organization.
In 130g at Class A Dayton andRookie Billings combined to hit .278 with 7hr and 58rbi...began the season at Dayton...on 6/11 was transferred toBillings, where he received honorable mention for the Pioneer League's post-season All-Star team...led the PioneerLeague with a .452 on-base percentage...reached base in 63 of his 70 apps with the Mustangs...from 7/5-7/17 hada season-high 12-game hitting streak (18-48, .375, 1hr, 7rbi).
In his first professional season hit .269 with 9hrand 33rbi in 50 apps for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Reds...tied for the GCL lead with 25 extra-base hits...alsoranked among the league leaders in home runs (2nd), slugging percentage (.531, 4th) and total bases (93, 5th)...on7/29 vs the Orioles belted a grand slam in a 10-5 win.