Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 6/19/13
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. "We recognize the historical significance of this signing," Reds president and general manager Walt Jocketty said the day Cincinnati announced Votto's windfall in 2012. "Ownership has committed to Joey, and we anticipate that he will continue to be one of the best players in baseball for the next decade or so." Votto is making $17 million this season under his previous contract. The extended 10-year deal pays $12 million next season, $14 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016, $22 million in 2017 and $25 million in each of the following six seasons. There is a club option of $20 million with a $7 million buyout in 2024. Among active major leaguers, Votto ranks first in on-base percentage and sixth in batting average and slugging percentage. He's a three-time All-Star, including the start at first base last year, and a one-time Gold Glove winner (2011). On the Reds' all-time leaderboard, he's first in on-base, second in slugging, fourth in batting average and 10th in at-bats per homer (19.8). By the time Votto's contract ends, it will be interesting to see where his statistics rank with the best of all time ... and if they'll be good enough for a Hall of Fame induction. Watch the above video to hear more of his case.
PLAYERS: Joey Votto
TEAMS: Cincinnati Reds
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pacific Notes: Flames looking for winger, Nugent-Hopkins' injury won't change Oilers' plan

Knicks hesitant to go after Kemba Walker

Rays still engaged in Archer trade talks

Details emerge on Brady's injury: 'Right thumb bent back badly'

Roy Halladay autopsy shows he had mix of drugs in system

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Indians, Orioles had discussed Manny Machado trade

Report: Jets WR threatened to sexually assault cop's wife

Report: Cavs seeking trades for DeAndre Jordan, George Hill

Tom Brady has 'just a cut' near knuckle, needed stitches

NFL determines Raiders complied with Rooney Rule

Report: Todd Haley wants to be Cardinals’ offensive coordinator

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

NFL Championship Weekend Predictions: History will be made in the NFC

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Greatest NFL Conference Championship moments ever

Top 10 X-factors for Conference Championship Games

Case Keenum deserves better than the also-ran description

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

15 underrated NBA players having tremendous seasons

Reds News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NHL Weekender: Kings, Leafs heading in the wrong direction

The 'Baby I'm a (All-)Star' quiz

Devin Booker is expanding his game beyond getting buckets

Ranking baseball's GMs entering the 2018 season

NFL Referee Hotline Bling: The Saints miss an important long-distance call

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames hope layoff won't cool them down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker