August 17, 2023
By Kevin Glew
Cooperstowners in Canada
Joey Votto will turn 40 on September 10.
Despite his age, which makes him the sixth oldest player in the majors, Votto has looked rejuvenated on a young Cincinnati Reds team that’s vying for a National League Wild-Card spot.
Votto has belted 13 home runs and owns a .503 slugging percentage in 46 games with the Reds this season after missing the first two-and-a-half months recovering from shoulder surgery.
His production has me once again thinking that he could break more of Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker’s all-time Canadian major league records.
Votto’s all-time Canadian MLB records
Votto already owns the following all-time Canadian MLB records:
Games played – 2,037
Plate appearances – 8,681
At bats – 7,197
Walks – 1,357
All-Star Game selections – 6
All-time Canadian MLB records Votto might break
If Votto remains healthy for the rest of 2023 and also plays in 2024 (the Reds have a $20-million, 2024 team option), he has good shot at also eclipsing the following Canadian MLB records:
Hits – Votto has 2,126 big league hits, that’s 34 shy of Walker’s record of 2,160.
Home runs – Votto has 355 home runs, that’s 28 shy of Walker’s record of 383.
Doubles – Votto has 458 doubles, that’s 13 shy of Walker’s record of 471.
Other Canadian MLB players’ milestone stats to watch for
-Seattle Mariners right-hander Matt Brash (Kingston, Ont.) is one pitching appearance shy of reaching 100 for his career.
-Boston Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta (Victoria, B.C.) needs two more wins to reach 50 for his career
-Cleveland Guardians first baseman Josh Naylor (Mississauga, Ont.), who is currently on the 10-day injured list with an oblique injury, needs one more RBI to set a career-high. He has 79 RBIs this season which equals his career-best set last year.