‘Returning One Club Man’ Votto pounds out home run; will he play next year?

The Cincinnati Reds’ “One Club Man,” Joey Votto, 40, is back from a long injury layoff. Votto hit two home runs in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Votto had three hits, including two home runs, and two walks in a three-game series against Atlanta on April 24-26.

After hitting two hits, including a home run, in his first game back, he looked like his old self in this three-game series. The fans at Great American Ball Park went wild바카라사이트.

Votto made his return from injury on April 20 at home against the Colorado Rockies and had played in six games up to that point. He’s batting .278 with three home runs, a .435 slugging percentage, and a 1.213 OPS.

Votto, in his 17th year in the majors, is Cincinnati’s signature hitter. He was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft and made his debut in 2007.

He is a true one-club man, having been drafted by Cincinnati in 2002 and making his major league debut in 2007. Votto also has a near 100 percent chance of retiring in Cincinnati.

Votto missed a lot of time last year due to rotator cuff surgery in his shoulder, and earlier this season he was shut out of minor league games, putting his retirement in jeopardy.

However, Votto made a solid comeback for what could be his last time, and was back on the mound at Great American Ball Park on April 20.

The timing of Votto’s retirement has yet to be determined. His guaranteed contract runs through this season, but he has a $20 million team option for the 2024 season.

Under normal circumstances, the team option would likely not be exercised. But few Cincinnati fans would want to see it exercised.

Votto, who has been called “the Ted Williams of his generation,” was one of the best leadoff hitters in the majors. His career on-base percentage is over 4%.

To this day, Votto has played in 97 games, which puts him on pace to reach 2000. It will be interesting to see what Votto will do in the twilight of his career.

Donga.com reporter Cho Sung-woon can be reached at madduxly@donga. com.

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