A FEW NOTES ON JOEY VOTTO’S FANTASTIC 2016 SEASON
On Sunday afternoon, the Reds season came to an end with a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. However, Joey Votto’s 2016 performance will continue to reverberate well into the offseason and beyond. Votto finished the year with a .326 batting average, .434 on-base percentage (1st in NL), .550 slugging percentage, .985 OPS, 29 HR and 97 RBI in 158 games. All of this came after Joey was slashing .213 avg/.330 obp/.404 slg at the beginning of June.
Although it was a long season for Reds fans, we here at Better Off Red want to help remind folks just how incredible Votto’s season happened to be with a few of the following tid bits:
- Joey became just the second Reds player to ever produce a .320 batting average and a .430 on-base percentage in a season. Votto joins Joe Morgan who did it in 1975 & 1976.
- Joey in the second half of the season batted .408 with a .490 on-base percentage and a .668 slugging percentage. He’s the first player to hit .400 over the second half of the season since Ichiro Suzuki batted .429 in 2004.
- Joey led all Major Leaguers in several second half categories, including batting average (.408), OBP (.490), SLG (.668), OPS (1.158), hits (107) and times on base (154).
- Overall in 2016, Joey reached base safely 294 times. To put that into perspective, in 1962, Frank Robinson reached safely 295 times. Robinson led the NL that season with a .421OBP, .624SLG and a 1.045OPS. Joey holds the Reds franchise record for times on base during a season with 319 in 2015. He’s been on base at least 275 times in 5 of his 10 seasons. Only Pete Rose (9 times) has been as prolific.
- Joey is just the fourth Reds player in modern history and the first since 1925 to collect 181 or more hits in 556 or fewer at-bats. The last Red to do it was Edd Roush (1925 & 1923), followed by Hal Chase (1916) and Sam Crawford (1902).
- Joey made exactly 400 outs in 677 plate appearances. It’s just the 53rd time since 1901 that a player with that many plate appearances made as few amount of outs. Of those 53 times, 36 have been by Hall of Famers. Joey is the first player to do it in back-to-back seasons since Hank Greenberg in 1937 and 1938. He’s the only Red ever to do it.