Originally written on Redlegs Review  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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The 2012 season didn't go quite as planned for Joey Votto. The Canadian slugger missed a significant portion of the season due to a knee injury sustained right before the All-Star break and never did fully recover once coming back to the lineup in September. The original prognosis was 3-4 weeks, but Reds fans are aware that the rehab time was much longer than that, nearly two months. Nonetheless, Votto still had a great season by any standards. In 111 games, Votto posted career highs in batting average (.337), on-base percentage (.474), OPS (1.041), and doubles (44). He earned his third straight trip to the Midsummer Classic and was in great position to break the all-time single season doubles record before being derailed by injury. He still showed great patience and pitch selectivity once he returned to the Reds lineup, but his power clearly wasn't there as evidenced by the fact that he hit no homers in the last two months of the season. Naturally, this has raised concerns abou...
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