Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Votto tops his hero for NL MVP

Joey Votto, who got 31 of 32 first-place votes, led the NL in slugging and on-base percentage for the Central champions.

Getty Images

Joey Votto, who got 31 of 32 first-place votes, led the NL in slugging and on-base percentage for the Central champions.

NEW YORK — Joey Votto and Albert Pujols had a long conversation behind the batting cage before a game a few years ago.

"There's something about a star player of that magnitude kind of pulling you in and saying, it's okay, we can talk, don't be a rookie right now, we're going to talk like men," Votto said. "I think he made me feel comfortable and a little more confident."

Lesson learned.

Votto was overwhelmingly elected the National League's Most Valuable Player on Monday, ending Pujols' two-year reign.

A first baseman who helped the Reds reach the postseason for the first time in 15 years, Votto received 31 of 32 first-place votes and 443 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Pujols, the Cardinals first baseman, was second.

"I tried to keep my head down for almost a year there, and it was nice to speak to somebody who's been there and done that when it comes to everything," Votto said. "For him to give me time of the day and to talk about defensive stuff and ways to improve my game was very generous of him, and he certainly didn't have to do that."

Votto finished second in the NL in batting average at .324 and third in homers (37) and RBIs (113). He led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), topped the majors in on-base percentage (.424) and had 16 stolen bases in 21 chances.

"After the season, when I looked at my numbers and at Albert's numbers, I thought: 'Holy cow! He's beaten me in a lot of them,' " Votto said. "He beat me in runs, he beat me in RBIs, home runs, I think a couple others. I beat him in a few of the qualitative stats."

Mets hire Collins

NEW YORK — Terry Collins is a major-league manager again, hired by the Mets to help revitalize a franchise that has struggled recently.

The Mets said they will hold a news conference this morning to introduce Collins.

Collins takes over for Jerry Manuel, who was fired along with general manager Omar Minaya in a restructuring of the front office after another dismal season.

ATHLETICS: Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma said he's disappointed after contract negotiations broke down. Oakland's four-year, $15.25 million proposal was about equal in annual salary to what Iwakuma made with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

BRAVES: Third baseman Chipper Jones, who tore the ACL in his left knee during the summer and didn't play after Aug. 10, was cleared to swing a bat.

DODGERS: Davey Lopes will coach first base and Tim Wallach third base on new manager Don Mattingly's first coaching staff. Mattingly also hired former Royals manager Trey Hillman as his bench coach.

REDS: Left-hander Dontrelle Willis agreed to a minor-league contract. Willis, 29, has a 5.81 ERA since 2007.

Votto tops his hero for NL MVP 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 9:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cup-winning Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk makes Hockey Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman said Dave Andreychuk's name has surfaced often the past eight years with the selection committee.

    30 Oct 2001:  Left wing Dave Andreychuk #25 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates towards the blue line during the NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.  The Maple Leafs defeated the Lightning 3-2.  Mandatory Credit:  Dave Sanford /Allsport
  2. Rays acquire slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from Marlins

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Chaim Bloom said the Rays weren't necessarily in the market for a shortstop. The team has a number of those. But when the Marlins recently began shopping Adeiny Hechavarria, well, that was too much to pass up.

    Adeiny Hechavarria has emerged as one of baseball’s top defensive shortstops in the past three seasons with the Marlins.
  3. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    Rays: Alex Cobb (6-5, 4.05)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  4. Lightning journal: Forward Yanni Gourde agrees to two-year deal

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Just three years ago, Yanni Gourde was fighting to stay in pro hockey.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde celebrates after scoring against the Florida Panthers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TPA108
  5. What they're saying about Dave Andreychuk making Hall of Fame

    Lightning Strikes

    "Dave helped me so much when I was just starting my career, a young kid that was looking to find his way as a hockey player, a person and a member of the Tampa Bay community. In addition to watching him compile such awe-inspiring statistics, I remember him as a big brother to me and many others, making sure all the …