The Cincinnati Reds didn't make Joey Votto the richest player in the franchise's history for nothing.
When the Reds gave Votto a 10-year, $225 million extension on April 4, 2012, it was a sign they believe he's a Hall of Fame-caliber player.
The recent numbers back up the Reds' beliefs in the talented slugger, who bats third in the Reds lineup.
Votto has led the National League in on-base percentage three years in a row and currently leads the NL this season at .418 (through June 17). It helps that he's been walked 348 times since the start of 2010.
The Canadian-born first baseman, who won the NL MVP in 2010 (.324, 37 homers and 113 RBI), hasn't batted below .297 in his six-plus years in the majors. He owns a .317 career batting average with 145 homers and 491 RBI, and he features a .418 on-base percentage and a .549 slugging percentage ...
... and he doesn't turn 30 until Sept. 10.
At that age and with those numbers, the Reds hope Votto is worth the investment.