There’s no getting around the fact that the Cincinnati Reds are a train wreck at the moment.
They’re in dead last in the NL Central and have the worst record in all of baseball at 3-19.
Even after snapping their 11-game losing skid, things haven’t gotten any better.
Now they’re on a six-game skid.
For their veteran and elder statesman Joey Votto, things haven’t been smooth either.
The 38-year-old slugger is hitting .122 and has yet to go deep this season.
FanGraphs had an article about him suggesting that the end may be near for the veteran slugger.
In response, Votto had this to say.
Five months to go. Enjoy the show. https://t.co/Qi2SRFUBga
— Joey Votto (@JoeyVotto) May 3, 2022
Is The End Near For Joey Votto?
So, what does this all mean?
Could Votto be hinting at retirement?
Or is he simply stating that there is still plenty of time left in the 2022 regular season and that both he and the Reds could turn things around?
Votto’s contract does not expire until after the 2023 season, so it would be interesting if he were to retire after this season.
But the Reds look like a team that is unraveling by the second.
It’s going to be hard for them to get back on track after such an abysmal start.
There isn’t much hope.
Votto has been through this before.
Maybe he’ll go down with the ship again.
Or maybe he’ll decide enough is enough and call it quits.
Votto has been in the big leagues since 2007 and has had a Hall-of-Fame worthy career.
He’s spent all of his years with the Reds and has seen a lot of success and a lot of heart-wrenching failures, individually and collectively.
If he doesn’t retire, then it’s still not likely the Reds will come out of this, but Votto himself could still get going and prove that he’s still more than capable of raking.