The Cincinnati Reds are among the worst teams in Major League Baseball. As it stands, they are just 14-28 on the season which puts them 11 games back of first place. And their record is only that decent due to the Reds winning six of their previous seven games. But there’s a bigger issue at play here. First baseman Joey Votto is upset. And this time, he’s not afraid to speak up about it.
“I genuinely hope that we’re trending in the right direction, but this is the worst start I’ve ever seen. If I’m not mistaken, it’s been noted in the past that this was historically one of the worst starts for this franchise. There are so many people that are losing interest in our organization – and deservedly so. It hasn’t been a fun time to be a Cincinnati Reds fan.”
Not many players can get away with saying these things about their own team. But Votto is one of the exceptions. After all, he’s a veteran. He’s been with the Reds for his entire career, and he’s sick of it.
“Not often does a player get to speak the way I’m speaking right now because my role is to do my job on the field and pretty much zip my lips, which makes sense… But in the same breath, I’ve been with this franchise for, I think, 17 years now. You can say things are business, but to be honest with you, I was a kid when I signed with this franchise, I take it personally. This is a personal thing to me. People inside of the organization in all likelihood are not going to enjoy my responses. But it’s been disappointing.”
On the season, Votto is slashing .291/.414/.446 with five doubles and six home runs. He’s under contract through at least the 2023 season, but the Reds can pick up a $20-million team option on Votto for 2024. Over the course of his entire career there, Votto is slashing .313/.428/.538 with 349 doubles and 263 home runs.
In that time, the Reds have just three winning seasons.