A bad season for the Cincinnati Reds got even worse when it was learned that Joey Votto would be out for the season with a torn rotator cuff.
Votto said yesterday that he plans to have surgery on his left rotator cuff.
The 38-year-old is not having a very good season, hitting .205 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI, and is a far cry from where he once was.
But Votto has had a long and storied career and has been a staple of the Reds organization since his debut in 2007.
Ben Verlander of FOX Sports weighed in on the situation, saying that no matter what happens next, Votto deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
No matter what happens next… I have one important PSA:@JoeyVotto is a Hall of Famer.
— Ben Verlander (@BenVerlander) August 17, 2022
Votto’s HOF Case
Votto certainly has good enough career numbers to be in the Hall of Fame.
When people think of the Reds, Votto is usually the first player that comes to mind.
He’s spent his entire career in Cincinnati and has put up some great numbers.
He has a .297 lifetime batting average with 342 home runs, 1,106 RBI, and a career .925 OPS.
He’s been one of the game’s most feared hitters since he came up to the big leagues and has had some truly memorable moments as a member of the Reds.
Injuries may have slowed him down recently, but he at least deserves a chance to be enshrined in Cooperstown one day, when his career is over.
Votto is certainly in the home stretch at this point, but he’s had a solid career.
He’s been around a long time and has been a fan favorite in Cincinnati.
Fans there would certainly welcome the opportunity to see him reach the Hall of Fame when his career is over.NEXT: Joey Votto Reveals Heartbreaking Injury News