Teammates, front office thrilled for Votto

Teammates, front office thrilled for Votto

CINCINNATI -- Several Reds were participating in Jay Bruce's charity golf tournament in Beaumont, Texas, on Monday. One player, Drew Stubbs, couldn't have been happier for Joey Votto if he had picked up a hole in one.

Votto was named the National League Most Valuable Player, the first Reds player to earn that honor since Barry Larkin in 1995.

"I'll tell you what, I thought it was very deserving," Stubbs said. "I was excited for him. It would've been disappointing if he didn't win. He has gotten the notice he should've gotten."

Stubbs last saw Votto at Game 4 of the World Series in Texas when Votto was presented with the Hank Aaron Award. Stubbs, who lives in Austin, remembered talking to Reds media relations director Rob Butcher about Votto's MVP chances. Butcher's indication from talking to other writers was that Votto was a good bet to win.

"I would've been surprised if he didn't win," Stubbs said.

Not only did Votto win, but he did so in a landslide. The 27-year-old Canadian got first-place votes on 31 of the 32 ballots for 443 points.

Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols, the three-time winner of the NL MVP -- including the previous two -- finished in second place by getting the lone remaining first-place vote and 279 points.

Pujols congratulated Votto via a prepared statement.

"I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Joey on winning the National League MVP Award," Pujols said in the press release. "Joey is an outstanding young player that works extremely hard both on and off the field, and I'm proud to welcome him to the family."

The Reds owners also released a statement about Votto.

"The Cincinnati Reds ownership would like to congratulate Joey Votto on winning the prestigious National League Most Valuable Player award," it read. "His individual season will go down as one of the greatest in Reds history. Joey's hard work, determination, passion and focus were an inspiration to his teammates and everyone in Reds country."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.