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It’s Starting to Look Like Joey Votto Might Actually Win NL MVP

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Miami Marlins

Jul 11, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

By: Alex Marcheschi

Two of the most respected baseball writers in the country, Buster Olney and Jeff Passan, both think Joey Votto should be the NL MVP.

As Olney writes, “If you believe the skill of reaching base is the backbone of offense, then Votto has been the NL’s best player, by far. He was hit by pitch Saturday, the 319th time he has been on base this year.”

Votto has been a constant elite presence in Cincinnati for years now, operating at an extremely high level no matter how the talent around him performs. He’s a machine, at times appearing to be a baseball robot. On top of being the most efficient hitter in the National League, he’s also ranked #1 among all first basemen in defensive runs saved.

No matter the sport, the age old question of “what does MVP actually mean?” always lingers. Should Votto win MVP on an absolutely terrible team? Of course he should. He’s putting up historic numbers.

A decade ago he would likely have no chance, but sports writers are obsessed with efficiency analytics today and Votto is an efficiency god. At first I thought the talk of him winning MVP was just that, talk, but now I’ve convinced myself it should happen and it’s cool to see some of the best baseball writers agreeing.

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