Thursday, March 31, 2011
Joey Votto named one of the Joe Posnanski's 32 Best Players in Baseball for 2011
Joe Posnanski put together a list of the 32 Best Players in Baseball for 2011. Joey Votto is #5.
Here is his entry:
5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
It’s early in his career, but I think Joey Votto has a chance to become the best player ever to come out of Canada. If I had to rank the five best players born in Canada, I’d probably rank them like so:
1. Ferguson Jenkins
2. Larry Walker
3. Justin Morneau
4. John Hiller
5. Jeff Heath
And I’d give special mention to Terry Puhl, Jason Bay, Russell Martin, Eric Gagne and especially Matt Stairs.
Votto’s skill set — as a high-average hitter with patience and power — makes him one of the best players in the game right now, and you get the sense that he’s not finished getting better. He was very good in 2008, markedly better in 2009, markedly better again in 2010. He also seems like a good guy, and a motivated one, which I think comes across in this story by the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay. Votto thinks he can get better.
Go here for the rest.