We were given the opportunity to once again watch as Joey Votto rewrote history books last week. He socked dingers in seven consecutive games - nine dingers in those games, mind you - and came just inches from extending that streak with a rocket single off the top of the RF wall in Queens against the New York Mets, too. It’s the kind of performance at a time in his career that I think will live long in the memories of Cincinnati Reds fans far down the time road from now, honestly, a clock turn-back of epic proportions.
Maybe it’s not just a turn-back, though. This is the new Joey Votto, after all, the one who completely overhauled both swing and approach last August and emerged an entirely new baseball being. Since then, he’s been something of a baseball demigod again, and the numbers today keep backing that up.
It was August 29th, 2020 when Joey returned with his new swing. Since that time, he’s slugged at a blistering .556 rate, and that’s not only just good, that’s downright who’s who territory. In fact, that’s the 7th best slugging percentage among the 130 qualified MLB hitters in that time frame, behind only such luminaries as Rafael Devers, Jose Ramirez, Ronald Acuña Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Vlad Guerrero Jr., and Shohei Ohtani.
That’s it. That’s the entire list of those who sluggeth with Joey. And Jose Ramirez, at nine years younger than Joey, is the only one who isn’t at least a decade younger than the Reds resident Hall of Famer. Speaking of decades, a full decade ago saw Joey lead the entire National League in doubles, walks, and on-base percentage.
It’s for this reason, and dozens others, that We Love Joey Votto.