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Joey Votto: 2020 World Series would be ‘worth more’

Joey Votto

How much would the sports world remember the champion of a shortened MLB season? One top player has no concerns about that.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto believes that any potential 2020 World Series winner would deserve “full credit” — and that it would actually mean more to win it under the circumstances.

“I feel very strongly that any team that wins the World Series, even in an abbreviated season, will get full credit and will be able to enjoy it,” Votto told Jayson Stark of The Athletic. “And I’ll be honest with you. The more I think about winning the World Series this year, I think it’s freaking worth more.”

There are a lot of extenuating circumstances in 2020. Players would play without fans and potentially in some sort of semi-isolated situation. The playoff field would be larger as well. Whether that makes up for at least 80 missing regular season games is in the eye of the beholder. One Hall of Famer thinks it wouldn’t, but Votto clearly disagrees.

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