Joey Wentz walked Joey Votto in the Top of the 3rd inning on Tuesday, the elder Joey showing a mastery of the strike zone the younger Joey could only begin to appreciate. It marked the 1359th career walk for Votto, the single most among all active Major League Baseball players, and moved him up to 34th on the all-time list of those who have ever taken first base on balls.
That’s a list whose top five consists of Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Joe Morgan, in case you’re still one of those yayhoos who think taking walks are bad. Votto entered the season tied on the career list with A-Rod and has since passed Willie McCovey and Rafael Palmeiro in his abbreviated season.
We’ll celebrate Votto’s walkitude in other ways on different dates, but for today, we’ll take a quick, undirected look at some of the pitchers who have walked Votto at the big league level.
It is Friday, after all, and on Fridays here, we list. Here is an incomplete list of some of the 672 MLB pitchers who have walked Joey Votto:
Chi Chi Gonzalez
Daniel Ponce de Leon
Edinson Volquez (in his rookie year, I’m assuming)
Lance Lynn (18 times)