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Joey Votto reveals his comeback plans following injury

Joey Votto in a hat

Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto’s 2022 season was a struggle, and it came to a premature end when the Cincinnati Reds first baseman underwent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff. However, Votto sounds like he has his future somewhat sorted out already.

Votto spoke to the media Monday and revealed that he fully intends to return next season. The first baseman added that it is a “priority” for him to finish his career with the Reds.

Votto is owed $25 million in 2023. The Reds hold a $20 million team option on his 2024 season, and it’s tough to envision them picking that up. In other words, if Votto wants to retire with the Reds while playing beyond 2023, he’ll almost certainly have to take a major pay cut. By that point, he will be 40, so it is entirely plausible that he might just choose to retire, especially considering his current physical issues.

The Reds are nowhere close to contention, which has also been a source of frustration for Votto. All these factors mean 2023 could be the last we see of the former NL MVP.

Joey Votto out 6 months due to shoulder surgery

Joey Votto in a hat

Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Fans will not be seeing Joey Votto on the field for a while.

Votto announced on Wednesday that he will miss six months due to shoulder surgery. The longtime Cincinnati Reds first baseman said that he had been playing through a shoulder issue for months. He underwent an MRI on Friday, which revealed he had a torn rotator cuff.

Multiple doctors advised Votto to undergo surgery, which is what he is doing.

“I don’t know how to explain it, what exactly happened, but it’s been lingering for a while,” Votto said of the injury. “I’ve had a difficult time with it.”

Votto was hitless in his last 22 at-bats before deciding to undergo the MRI. He turns 39 next month and is set to make $25 million next season. His contract includes a club option in 2024 with a $7 million buyout.

The former 6-time All-Star was batting a career-worst .205 this season with 18 doubles and 11 home runs.

Joey Votto helps young fan with TikTok video

Joey Votto makes a TikTok video with a fan

Joey Votto is fairly new to the social media scene, but the Cincinnati Reds veteran already appreciates the hard work that goes into making a good TikTok video.

A young fan who attended Monday night’s game between the Reds and Diamondbacks in Arizona held up a sign asking Votto if he would make a TikTok video with her. Votto spotted the sign and went over to chat with the girl. He seemingly discussed a game plan with her before they both did the “Griddy” dance together. Check it out:

Votto joined Twitter back in April and had an awesome first tweet. The 38-year-old has a great sense of humor, so most people predicted he would be a natural with social media. He’s already doing the “Griddy” and making TikTok videos with fans. What more could you ask for?

Joey Votto goes off over Reds’ horrific start to season

Joey Votto

Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto has officially entered the Roger Murtagh “I’m too old for this” stage of his MLB career.

The Cincinnati Reds slugger let his displeasure be known on Thursday over the team’s disastrous start to the 2022 season. Cincinnati’s loss to the San Diego Padres earlier in the day dropped them to an MLB-worst 3-16.

“This is awful to experience each and every day,” said the former MVP Votto, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic. “We’re competitors, professionally. We’re competitors. Our job is to win. To go out and get smacked around every day is anti-everything that we’re about.

“For me, it’s an awful and embarrassing experience,” he added. “You have to keep going. But when you’re in the middle of it, it’s definitely embarrassing.”

The Reds have been every bit as bad as their record suggests. They have now lost 14 of their last 15 games and hold a putrid run differential of minus-49 (which is also the worst in baseball).

The 38-year-old Votto is now in his 16th career season in Cincinnati. While he went through four straight sub-70-win seasons with the team from 2015 to 2018, this sounds like the angriest Votto has been since he got heckled by fans a few years ago.

Joey Votto sends tweet about his terrible start to season

Joey Votto

Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds slugger Joey Votto has been in a brutal hitting slump to start the season, and he took to social media on Sunday to address it.

Votto is batting .154 in 15 games this season. The 38-year-old has just eight hits and has struck out a whopping 22 times. He sent a tweet on Sunday trying to explain to fans what it feels like to be in a slump. Votto said you feel “trapped, alone, and disoriented.”

That is a pretty intense way for Votto to describe his struggles at the plate, but other baseball players can probably relate.

While there are obvious concerns about Votto’s age, he was still plenty productive last season. The first baseman hit .266 with 36 home runs 99 RBI and an OPS of .938. There is no need for the Reds to panic just yet.

Votto joined Twitter just this month. Between the awesome first tweet he sent and his description of a hitting slump, he is off to a solid start.

Joey Votto joins Twitter with great tweet

Joey Votto

Joey Votto has been expanding his social media presence lately, and that includes Twitter.

Votto appears set to use the platform more, having sent his first tweet on Friday. Sunday, however, served as the Cincinnati Reds first baseman’s proper introduction to Twitter, and he sent a pretty fantastic tweet to get himself started.

This is pretty hilarious. Votto is clearly setting a high bar for himself, but he has shown himself capable of reaching it in the past.

The 38-year-old first baseman is still putting up big numbers this late in his career, and is coming off a 2021 season that saw him hit 36 home runs. He’s also been showing off more of his personality lately, which might deservedly raise his profile among casual fans.

Photo: Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto planning to fly halfway around world for first tattoo

Joey Votto

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has always been a bit eccentric, but his routine for getting his first tattoo is something even by his standards.

Votto explained his procedure to ESPN, saying he has an artist in mind to do the tattoo. In order to get it done, he’s planning to fly to Brazil in the offseason and spend a day with the artist in order to determine the appropriate tattoo to get.

Votto definitely has an amusing and playful side. This is part of it. Maybe this is all a bit tongue-and-cheek, but Votto is so deadpan we really have no idea.

Perhaps Votto can take some inspiration from one of his former teammates on this one.

Photo: Apr 9, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto has very high praise for Brewers pitching staff

Joey Votto

Joey Votto is one of the most accomplished hitters of his generation, and has seen almost every pitcher of note during his career. That’s what makes comments he made about the Milwaukee Brewers so noteworthy.

On Thursday, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman told MLB Network that the current Brewers pitching staff is the toughest he’s ever faced top-to-bottom.

Votto has faced the likes of the early-2010s Philadelphia Phillies, which boasted the likes of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt in the same rotation. Milwaukee’s rotation is excellent, but unlike those Phillies teams, they also have a dominant back end of the bullpen. They can start a game with Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, or Freddy Peralta, then turn it over to Devin Williams, Brent Suter, and Josh Hader. That’s tough to beat in a playoff series.

One thing is certain: as much as Votto admires the Milwaukee staff, he’s definitely not shying away from taunting their fanbase.

Video: Joey Votto went ‘scoreboard’ on taunting Brewers fan

Joey Votto

It is typically never a good idea for professional athletes to acknowledge heckling fans, but Cincinnati Reds star couldn’t resist during Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Votto was batting in the top of the fourth inning at American Family Field when a fan seated near home plate starting giving him a hard time. Votto worked a walk, and he scored later in the inning to give the Reds a 3-1 lead. According to Brandon Saho of WLWT, Votto immediately went over to the fan and gave him the “scoreboard” treatment.

C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic noted that Votto had also been jawing back and forth with the fan while he was in the on-deck circle, so it seems like the two were enjoying it. The clip below appears to show Votto pointing at the fan:

Unfortunately for Votto, the fan got the last laugh as the Brewers defeated the Reds 7-4.

Votto has every right to feel confident with the way he has played this season. The 37-year-old is batting .280 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI. He’s having one of his best seasons in years.

Joey Votto sends fan autographed ball to make up for being ejected from game

Joey Votto

Joey Votto did his best to make it up to a fan after being tossed early from Saturday’s game.

Votto was ejected from his Cincinnati Reds’ 7-5 loss to the San Diego Padres in the first inning for arguing balls and strikes.

The ejection was especially disappointing for one young female fan who loves Votto. The young fan’s presumed mother shared a photo with the Reds on Twitter. The photo was of the young girl crying following Votto’s ejection.

The Reds saw the tweet and reached out to try and make up.

The young fan was sent an autographed ball from Votto, who apologized for getting tossed early.

That was cool all around. Well, except for the Reds, who lost 7-5 and could have used Votto in their lineup.