Is the 2010 National League Most Valuable Player and Hank Aaron Award winner, a 4-time NL All-Star, a Sporting News NL All-Star and the only Reds first baseman ever to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award...in the BBWAA's MVP Award voting also finished sixth in 2011, 14th in 2012, sixth in 2013, third in 2015 and seventh in 2016...5 times was voted by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...in March 2013 was voted by fans the Face of MLB...has made 1,103 starts next to 2B Brandon Phillips, the most on the right side of the infield for any tandem in Reds history and the highest total by any active set of infielders...in 2002 graduated from Richview Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...attended the same high school as Stephen Harper, who served as the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006-2015...grew up in the greater Toronto area of Etobicoke and in November 2014 was inducted into the Etobicoke Sports Hall of Fame...is enshrined on Baseball Canada's Wall of Excellence.
Unanimously was voted by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...won the award for the fifth time...finished seventh in the BBWAA's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting...received MVP votes for the sixth time in the last 7 seasons and for the fifth time finished among the Top 10...was a finalist for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award, presented to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league...for the sixth time received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for his individual and team accomplishments...ranked among the National League leaders in almost every statistical category, including on-base percentage (.434, 1st), OPS (.985, 2nd), walks (T2nd), hitting (3rd), slugging percentage (.550, 6th), hits (8th), RBI (10th), runs (9th) and total bases (306, 10th)...became only the 10th player in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage at least 5 times, joining Barry Bonds (10) and Cooperstown Hall of Famers Ted Williams (12), Babe Ruth (10), Rogers Hornsby (9), Ty Cobb (7), Wade Boggs (6), Stan Musial (6), Lou Gehrig (5) and Carl Yastrzemski (5)...after hitting .213 through May, his season batting average peaked at .327 after his fourth at bat on 10/1 vs Chi (180-551, .3266787)...beginning 6/1 led the Major Leagues in batting average (.378) and on-base percentage (.482) while ranking third in the majors and second in the National League in slugging percentage (.619; Freddie Freeman .641, Brian Dozier .631)...after the All-Star break led the Major Leagues in hitting (.408), on-base percentage (.490) and slugging percentage (.668)...became the first player to hit .400 over the second half of a season since Sea's Ichiro Suzuki hit .429 in 2004...led the team in runs scored, hits, total bases, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, BA with RISP (.356) and multi-hit games (48) and tied Brandon Phillips for the club lead in doubles...fell 1 HR and 3 RBI shy of his second 30-double, 30-homer, 100-RBI season...the other was his 2010 MVP season...fell 1 HR shy of becoming the first Reds player ever to hit .325 with 30 HR, a .430 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage...this season he hit .326 with 29 HR, a .434 OBP and a .550 slugging percentage...for the seventh time hit hit least .300 with an on-base percentage of at least .400...reached base 294 times, second-most in the Major Leagues (Mike Trout 300)...produced at least 100 walks for the fourth time...only 2 other players in franchise history have more than one 100-walk season: Joe Morgan (6 times) and Adam Dunn (5)...became only the second Reds player with at least 30 doubles in 8 different seasons (Pete Rose, 13 seasons)...hit .229 in April, .200 in May, .319 in June, .419 in July, .394 in August and .389 in September/October...on 8/31 at LAA, went 1-for-4 to finish hitting .394 for the month of August after hitting .419 in July...with 1 more hit or 2 fewer at bats he would have become the first Reds player and first Major League batter since 2010 to hit at least .400 in consecutive months...in 2010, Josh Hamilton hit .454 in June and .418 in July...Vada Pinson in 1961 is the only Reds batter since 1900 to hit at least .400 in any 2 months of a season (.406 in May, .403 in September)...hit safely in 61 of his 72 apps after the All-Star break (107-262, .408, 15hr, 55rbi, 1.158ops), including a career-high 17-game hitting streak to open the second half that was snapped on 8/4 vs StL (29-58, .500, 3 2b, 4hr, 12rbi, 17bb)...during the streak raised his season BA from .252 to .293...was the longest hitting streak by a Reds batter since Brandon Phillips' 22-game streak in 2007...from 9/8-9/16 went 8g and 34 plate apps without reaching base by walk, his longest stretch since 4/23-4/30, 2013 (8g, 34ab, 34pa)...hasn't gone more than 8g without a walk since an 11-game stretch from 7/21-8/1, 2009 (41ab, 42pa)...on 5/30 at Col hit his 200th career HR (solo off Jason Motte)...on 6/18 at Hou made his only career appearance at DH...on 9/23 at Mil lined into a 3-3-6 triple play, the first by a Reds batter since Edwin Encarnacion lined into a 6-4-3 triple play on 4/12/09 at Pit.
Finished third in the BBWAA's National League Most Valuable Player Award voting and was 1 of 3 finalists in the Players Choice Awards category of Comeback Player of the Year...for the fourth time received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...for the fifth time in 6 seasons received the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award...fell 1 home run and 7 walks shy of joining Barry Bonds (4x), Ted Williams (3x) and Babe Ruth (2x) as the only players in Major League history to hit at least .300 with 30 home runs and 150 walks...established modern franchise records for walks (143), number of games reaching base at least twice (107) and total number of times reaching base via hit, walk or HBP (319)...he broke his own records, all set in 2013...from 8/11-10/2 reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 48 consecutive games (.357ba, .528obp), tying Pete Rose's single-season modern franchise record (6/12-8/2, 1978)... was the longest single-season streak in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached safely in 52 straight in 2007 (6/20-8/25) and the longest in the NL since Barry Bonds' 58-game streak in 2003...from 7/10-7/28 reached base safely at least twice via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 15 consecutive apps, also a single-season franchise record (.500ba, 4 2b, 4hr, 9rbi, 17bb, 2hbp, .833slg, .642obp)...the club's previous single-season mark of 13 such games was shared by Joe Kelley (1903), Johnny Temple (1958), Pete Rose (1967) and Adam Dunn (2002)...after the All-Star break led the Major Leagues in hitting (.362), on-base percentage (.535) and walks (86) and ranked sixth in the majors in slugging percentage (.617)...the only other players since the advent of the All-Star Game to produce in either half of a season a .362 batting average, .535 on-base percentage and 1.152 OPS are Ted Williams (1941 post-ASG, .406ba, .583obp, 1.373ops) and Barry Bonds (2004 pre-ASG, .365ba, .628obp, 1.422ops)...for the season led the Major Leagues in walks...led the NL in walks for the fourth time in 5 seasons and came to within .002 of leading the league in on-base percentage for the fifth time in 6 years (.459, Bryce Harper .460)...overall ranked among the NL leaders in at least 16 statistical categories...led the club in apps, runs, walks, intentional walks (15), 2-hit games (42), 3-hit games (13) and multi-hit games (55)...also led the club batting both second (70g) and third (86) in the order... became only the third player in Reds history to produce at least 30 doubles in 7 seasons (Pete Rose, Vada Pinson)...overall reached safely in 144 of his 158 apps and fell 2g shy of his franchise record for number of games in a season reaching base (146, 2013)...reached base safely in at least 140g in a season for the third time (2011, 2013)...Rose (6x) and Frank Robinson are the only other Reds batters to reach base in 140g in any season...in addition to his 48-game on base streak, from 5/20-6/25 put together a 32-game on-base streak that when snapped ranked as the longest streak in the majors (.310ba, .424obp)...his 34 multi-walk games were a career high...14 times walked at least 3 times in a game, with a high of 4 walks on 7/31 vs Pit...his 38 walks in August were a club record for a calendar month (32, Joe Morgan, July 1979) and the most by any Major League batter since SF's Barry Bonds walked 40 times in September 2004...in the 11-2 win on 6/9 vs Phi produced his third career 3-homer game (4rbi, 4r), tying the club record he shares with 26 other players...is only the second Reds player (along with Johnny Bench) and 36th player in Major League history with at least three 3-homer games...also had a 2-homer game (4/10 vs StL)...on 5/24 at Cle hit his 250th career double (off Trevor Bauer)...on 7/4 vs Mil made his 900th career start next to 2B Brandon Phillips...on 7/25 at Col produced his 600th RBI (RBI-single off Chris Rusin)...from 8/28-9/7 produced a season-high 10-game hitting streak (.485, 3hr, 8rbi)...on 9/21 at StL walked (off Jaime Garcia) for the 136th time, setting a new single-season club record...in the 11th inning on 10/2 at Pit was hit by an Antonio Bastardo pitch to reach base for the 317th time, setting a new single-season club record...was ejected 3 times (5/6 at Pit by HP Chris Conroy, 8/2 vs Pit following a bench-clearing incident, 9/9 vs Pit by HP Bill Welke)...were the fifth, sixth and seventh ejections of his career...served 1-game suspensions on 5/9/g1 at WSox (for 5/6 ejection) and 9/18 at Mil (for 9/9 ejection, reduced from 2g).
Missed 99 games with a distal quad strain in his left knee...missed 23g from 5/16-6/9 and beginning 7/6 missed the last 76g of the season...in his absence the Reds went 43-56 (11-12, 32-44)...despite his 2 stints on the disabled list ranked second on the club in walks (47) behind Todd Frazier (52)...made 23 starts batting second, 32 starts batting third and 6 starts batting fourth...in the first inning of the second game of the year, following a rain delay of 2:40, doubled off StL's Michael Wacha for his first hit of the season and 1,000th hit of his career...on 5/9 and 5/10 vs Col homered on consecutive pitchers over 2g...in the 4-3 win on 5/9, batting fourth in the lineup for the first time since 8/10/09 at StL, produced his fourth career walkoff HR (solo off Boone Logan), then on the first pitch of his next plate appearance the next night homered off Jordan Lyles...on 6/15 at Mil recorded his 600th career walk in his 935th appearance...since 1900, the only other players with 600 walks and a career batting average as high as Votto's .312 mark through their first 935 apps are Ted Williams (.353, 856bb), Babe Ruth (.344, 724bb), Frank Thomas (.327, 774bb) and Mickey Mantle (.316, 659bb)...on 4/12 vs TB made his ninth career start batting second in the order and his first start in that spot since 8/8/08 vs Hou...had batted third in the Reds' starting lineup since 8/10/09 at StL, when he hit cleanup for the second of 2 straight games...from 8/11/09-4/11/14 made 635 consecutive starts batting third.
Was named to his fourth straight All-Star team and finished sixth in the BBWAA's Most Valuable Player Award voting...was a finalist for the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award...during spring training was voted by fans the Face of Major League Baseball...for the third straight season was rated by opposing managers the National League's batter with the best strike zone judgment...established single-season club records for walks with 135 (132, Joe Morgan, 1975) and for times on base safely via hit, walk or HBP with 316 (311, Pete Rose, 1969), both the highest totals in the Major Leagues...his 135 walks are the most in the Major Leagues since Barry Bonds established the all-time record with 232 walks in 2004...for the third straight season led the National League in walks and for the fourth straight year led the NL in on-base percentage...since 1900 is the first batter in Reds history and the ninth player to lead the National League in walks for 3 straight seasons (Barry Bonds last, 2000-2004)...is the first Red and sixth player in Major League history to lead his league in on-base percentage for 4 straight years...is only the third batter in Reds history to record more than 100 walks in a season more than once (2011, 2013; Joe Morgan 6 times, Adam Dunn 5 times)...with his fifth walk on 9/23 vs NYM tied both the club record for walks in a game (Hughie Critz, 5/28/26 at StL & Johnny Bench, 7/22/79 at Chi) and Morgan's club record for walks in a season...reached base safely in 146 of his 162 apps, including a season-high streak of 38g (6/13-7/26)...from 9/23-9/25 vs NYM went hitless in 3 straight games for the only time all season and for the first time since 9/17-9/19, 2011...on 9/24 and 9/25 vs NYM, for the only time all season did not reach base safely in 2 consecutive games...became the first Reds player to appear in 162g since Aaron Boone in 2002...made 161 starts, his only game out of the lineup on 6/14 vs Mil but pinch hit and walked...finished the season with 999 career hits...his season-high 12-game hitting streak from 5/11-5/24 included 9 multi-hit games (24-47, .511, 2 2b, 4hr, 10rbi, 16r)...was NL Player of the Week for 5/13-5/19, his third weekly award, after leading the majors in hitting (.583) and on-base percentage (.655)...since 1933, the only 2 players in Major League history with at least 112 hits and 71 walks prior to the All-Star break are Votto (112h, 71bb in 2013) and Frank Thomas (1994, 116h, 84bb)...from 4/27-5/29 hit .486 during an 18-game road hitting streak...on 4/25 at Wsh homered off Gio Gonzalez for the Reds' only hit, the first Reds player to homer in an opposing team's 1-hitter since Jerry Hairston Jr. homered off SD's Mat Latos on 7/29/09...on 5/18 at Phi became only the fourth Reds player to reach base 6 times (4-4, 2bb) while hitting a homer (Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Sean Casey)...produced his 500th RBI on 7/20 vs Pit and his 150th HR on 8/2 vs StL (3-run off Shelby Miller)...on 9/6 and 9/7 vs LAD followed his season-high 0-for-13 skid by reaching base safely in each of 9 straight plate apps, a new career high (4 hits, 5 walks)...in the National League's 3-0 All-Star Game loss at Citi Field went 0-for-2...in 2 starts at 1B and 1 start at DH for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic went 2-for-9 (5bb, 5r).
Was named to his third All-Star team, finished 14th in the
BBWAA's Most Valuable Player voting and was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold
Glove Award ... missed 48g with a knee injury but still led the National League in
on-base percentage (.474), walks (94, tied w/ Dan Uggla) and intentional walks
(18) ... established a club record for on-base percentage (.441, Joe Morgan, 1976)...fell 27 plate apps shy of
qualifying for the league leaders but led the NL in on-base percentage pursuant to Rule 10.22(a) ... became
only the second player to lead the Reds in on-base percentage for 3 consecutive seasons (Joe Morgan,
1974-1976) and only the eighth player to lead the NL in 3 straight years (Morgan, Barry Bonds, Mike Schmidt,
Elbie Fletcher, Arky Vaughn, Rogers Hornsby, Honus Wagner) ... for the second straight season was rated by
opposing managers the National League's best defensive first baseman and the batter with the best strike
zone judgment ... was rated the NL's best hitter in 2012 ... from 7/17-9/3 was on the disabled list following a
pair of arthroscopic surgeries on his left knee ... suffered the injury on 6/29 at SF but appeared in 7 more Reds
games and the All-Star Game before he went on the DL ... on 7/17 had arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn
medial meniscus ... on 8/11 he had a floating piece of cartilage removed in a 6-minute procedure ... after he
returned to the lineup on 9/5 reached base safely in 24 of his 25 apps (24-76, .316, 7rbi) and in that span led
the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.505) and walks (28) ... on 9/5 vs Phi, in his first plate appearance
after surgery, singled off Roy Halladay ... in 86 apps prior to the injury hit .342 (36 2b, 14hr, 49rbi) and was
leading the NL in doubles (36), walks (66), intentional walks (13), on-base percentage (.465), extra-base hits
(50) and BA vs RHP (.360) ... in 78 of his first 86 apps reached base safely via hit or walk, including a seasonhigh streak of 28 straight from 4/15-5/17 ... prior to his injury appeared in 86 of the Reds' 88g and missed only
3 starts (5/30 at Pit, 7/1 at SF, 7/2 at LA) ... although he missed 48g still produced a career-high 44 doubles,
which tied for second in the NL ... before his injury was on pace for 66 doubles, 1 shy of the Major League
record (67, Bos' Earl Webb, 1931) ... did establish the club record for doubles prior to the All-Star break (35) ...
from 4/8-4/28 went 19 apps between his first and second home runs, the second-longest drought of his career
(20g, 4/29-5/21, 2011) ... in the 9-6 win on 5/13 vs Wsh tied career highs
with 4h, 4r and 3hr while establishing new career bests with 6rbi and
14tb ... homered twice off Nationals starter Edwin Jackson and then hit
a walkoff grand slam off Henry Rodriguez ... in 28g from 5/19-6/18 went
44-for-98 with 12 doubles and 7 homers (.449ba, .786slg, .542obp,
22r) ... became the first Reds player since Frank Robinson in 1961 to
produce at least 44 hits and 19 extra-base hits over a span of as few
as 100ab ... during the Division Series vs SF produced a 3-hit game in
Game 2 and 2-hit games in Games 4 and 5.
Was a National League All-Star for the second straight season
and became the first Reds first baseman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award...
finished sixth in the league's MVP voting...for the second straight year and third
time in the last 4 seasons was voted by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers'
Association of America the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable
Player...for the second straight season received the Canadian Baseball Hall of
Fame's Tip O'Neill Award for his individual and team accomplishments, sharing
the award with Brewers pitcher John Axford...established a club single-season record for assists by a first
baseman (173) and was rated by opposing managers the best defensive first baseman in the National League...
was the club's nominee for the Hank Award Award, presented annually to each league's best hitter...led the
National League in doubles (40), walks (110), on-base percentage (.416), BA on the road (.334) and BA with
RISP (.383)...ranked among the NL leaders in games (161, T2nd), total bases (318, 4th), overall hitting (.309,
5th), extra-base hits (72, 5th), runs (101, T5th), multi-hit games (55, T5th), hits (185, 6th), RBI (103, 6th),
intentional walks (15, T6th), BA vs LHP (.333, 7th), slugging (.531, 9th) and BA in day games (.312, 9th)...fell
11 points and 1 homer short in his attempt to become only the second player in Reds history to hit at least
.320 with 30hr and 100rbi in more than 1 season (Frank Robinson, 1961 & 1962)...also was trying to become
the first Reds batter to hit .320 in 3 straight seasons since Cooperstown Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi did it in
4 straight from 1935-38...established career highs in games, at bats, hits and doubles...became the first Reds
batter with consecutive 100-RBI seasons since Adam Dunn in 2004 and 2005...was NL Player of the Week for
7/25-7/31...reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 145 of his 161 apps, including a season-high streak of
33g to begin the season (.345, 5hr, 18rbi, 29bb)...that streak was snapped on 5/8 at Cubs, just 1g shy of the
club's modern record for reaching base safely to begin a season (34g, Dave Collins, 1981)...only 4 times all
year went consecutive games without reaching base (6/17-6/18 vs Tor, 7/19-7/20 at Pit, 9/4 at StL & 9/5 at
Chi, 9/18 vs Mil & 9/19 vs Hou)...has not failed to reach safely over any 3-game span since 8/30 vs LAD and
8/31 vs Pit (DH), 2009...played in all but 1g (5/9 at Hou) and missed just 3 starts, on 5/9 at Hou (Cin's 35th
game), 7/25 vs NYM (102nd game, PH) and 8/23 at Fla (128th game, PH/1B)...from 8/13-8/26 produced a
season-high 11-game hitting streak (16-32, .500, 6hr, 13rbi)...in the third inning on 6/25 at Bal hit his 100th
career HR (3-run off Brian Matusz), then 2 innings later added another (2-run off Matusz) for his seventh
career multi-homer game...his second 2-homer game, in the 14-inning, 5-4 win on 8/28 vs Wsh, included a
walkoff solo HR off Collin Balester...produced the first of his 2 walkoff hits in the 10th inning of the 6-5 win
on 5/13 vs StL, an RBI-single off Jason Motte...
from 7/26-7/28 homered in 3 straight games for the
second time in his career (9/3-9/5, 2008)...never in
his career has homered in 4 straight games...in the
sixth inning on 9/17 vs Mil drew his 106th walk to
establish a new single-season record for players
from Canada (Jack Graney, 105bb, 1919)...sent
his batting gloves to the Canadian Baseball Hall of
Fame...produced his 100th RBI on 9/24 at Pit (RBIdouble
off Brad Lincoln).
Became the 10th Reds player and
third Canadian to win the Most Valuable Player
Award...was named to his first All-Star team after
receiving 13.7 million votes in the 2010 All-Star
Game Final Vote...also was a Sporting News All-
Star in voting of his peers...prior to Game 4 of the
World Series received the Hank Aaron Award as the
National League's best hitter...in his native Canada,
was honored by 7 organizations for his outstanding
2010 season...was ranked No. 1 in the Toronto Sun's
2010 list of most influential Canadians in baseball...
for the second time in 3 seasons unanimously was
voted the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds' Most Valuable Player...also was a finalist for the MLBPA Players'
Choice Player of the Year Award and Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Award Presented by
Pepsi...led the Reds to the National League Central Division championship while ranking among the NL's Top
3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories...led the Major
Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage
(.600), hitting vs RHP (.347), RBI ratio (4.8ab) and OPS (1.024)...among NL batters in the prestigious Triple
Crown categories ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI...led the Reds in hitting, runs,
hits, total bases (328), doubles, homers, RBI, walks, slugging, on-base percentage, 2-hit games (36), 3-hit
games (12, tied w/ Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips) and multi-hit games (51)...is only the fourth player in Reds
history to hit at least .320 with 37 HR and 113 RBI in a season, joining MVP George Foster in 1977, Frank
Robinson in 1961 (MVP) & 1962 and Ted Kluszewski in 1954...is the first Reds first baseman to produce a
30-homer season since Lee May hit 39 in 1971, the first with 100rbi since Tony Perez had 109 in 1975 and
the first to steal at least 16 bases since Dan Driessen had 19 in 1980...is the first Reds batter with at least
30hr and 100rbi in a season since Adam Dunn had 40hr and 106rbi in 2007...is the first Reds batter to lead
the team in hitting, HR and RBI since Eric Davis in 1989...in his last 60 apps of the season hit .352 (76-216,
14hr, 49rbi) as the Reds battled for the division title...in April hit .275 (23g, 4hr, 12rbi)...in 127g the rest of the
season hit .332 (33hr, 101rbi)...on 5/20 at Atl highlighted the Reds' 8-run second inning with his first career
grand slam (off Tommy Hanson)...from 5/15-7/3 reached base safely in a career-high 41 straight games, the
longest such streak by a Reds batter since Pete Rose reached base safely in 48 straight games from 6/12-
8/2, 1978 and the third-longest in the Major Leagues in 2010 (NYY's Mark Teixeira 42g, Fla's Logan Morrison
42g)...during the 41-game streak hit .325 with .427 on-base and .592 slugging percentages (51-157, 11hr,
33rbi, 24bb, 4hbp)...that streak was snapped on 7/4 at Chi, when he was ejected in the top of the first inning
by HP umpire Angel Camps for arguing balls and strikes...the next day started another on-base streak that
reached 10 consecutive games before it was snapped on 7/19 vs Wsh (10-34, .294, 3hr, 3rbi, 10bb)...on 8/15
vs Fla was ejected again, also in the first inning, by HP umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing balls and strikes...in
his career has been ejected 4 times, all for arguing balls and strikes...on 8/8 at Chi scored a career-high 4 runs,
tying with Jonny Gomes for the most by a Reds batter in a game in 2010...in the 12-inning, 12-11 win on 8/25
at SF produced 4 hits, 2 homers and 4rbi, including the game-winning RBI-single off Barry Zito...produced his
100th RBI of the season on a first-inning groundout on 9/9 at Col...in
the 10-inning, 5-4 win vs Pit on 9/11 snapped an 0-for-10 skid with
his first career walkoff HR (solo off Justin Thomas)...in the eighth
inning of the 5-2 win on 9/20 at Mil snapped the 2-2 tie with a 2-run
HR off Kameron Loe...on 9/26 at SD became only the fifth lefthanded
batter to homer off LHP Clayton Richard and the first since 8/1/07...
graces the cover of the 8/30 issue of Sports Illustrated, the first Reds
player to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. on 6/14/04...12 Reds players
now have appeared solo 23 times on the Sports Illustrated cover,
including Pete Rose (8 times), Johnny Bench (3), Griffey Jr. (2),
Tom Seaver (2), Joe Morgan (1), George Foster (1), Eric Davis (1),
Chris Sabo (1), Deion Sanders (1), Joey Jay (1) and Roy McMillan
(1)...owner Marge Schott also appeared on 1 cover...was the club's
nominee and a finalist for the Hutch Award, presented each year to
the Major League player who best exemplifies the honor, courage
and dedication of former Reds manager Fred Hutchinson.
Led the club in hitting (.322), runs (82), total bases (266), doubles (38), HR (25), walks (70),
multi-hit games (44) and 4-hit games (4)...his career-high 14-game hitting streak from 6/27-7/11 (.362, 2hr, 6rbi),
tied Willy Taveras for the longest by a Reds batter all season...ranked among the National League leaders in
hitting (5th), on-base percentage (.414, 4th), slugging percentage (.567, 5th), hitting on the road (.335, 4th),
hitting with RISP (.336, 8th), hitting at night (.323, 6th), hitting vs RHP (.319, 9th) and hitting vs LHP (.329,
8th)...beginning 9/10 led all Major League hitters in batting average (.440), raising BA from a season-low .296...
hit 16 doubles in September, a club record for a calendar month...was NL Player of the Week for 9/21-9/27
after leading the majors in almost every statistical category...as part of that Player of the Week performance,
from 9/22-9/26 became the first Major League player with 10 doubles over a 5-game span since Pit's Paul
Waner did it in 1932...on 9/22 and 9/23 at Pit reached base in 8 straight plate apps to raise BA from .304
to .315 (7 hits, 5 doubles, 1 walk)...reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 113 of his 131 apps...became the
first Reds batter to hit .300 in a season since Sean Casey (.312) and Ken Griffey Jr. (.301) did it in 2005...
became the first Reds player with at least 20 homers as a rookie and again in the following season since Hall
of Famer Frank Robinson did it in 1956 and 1957...became the first Reds first baseman with 20 doubles and
20 homers in consecutive seasons since Sean Casey in 1999 and 2000...led the club with 128 starts at 1B
and 124 starts batting third in the order...also batted cleanup (4gs, last on 8/10 at StL)....from 5/30-6/22 missed
21g while on the disabled list with depression and anxiety related to the death of his father in August 2008...
hit .357 in 38 apps before he went on the DL and .309 in 93 apps after he came off the DL...in the Reds' 17g
from 5/7-5/25 missed 12 starts with a respiratory infection and dizziness...in 3 of his apps during that span
started but left games with dizziness...left the game on 5/29 at Mil with stress-related issues and the next day
went on the 15-day disabled list...didn't play for the Reds again until 6/23 in his hometown of Toronto...in the
7-5 win on 6/25 at Tor made the first of his 4 starts batting
cleanup (4-5, double, HR, 3rbi)...played in every inning of
every game until he left in the sixth inning of the 15-3 loss
vs Mil on 5/6...didn't start any of the next 4g because of the
respiratory infection and dizziness, but entered the game
on 5/10 vs StL as a defensive replacement and in his first
plate appearance homered off Kyle McClellan...on 8/19 vs
SF left in the middle of the first inning with a retinal migrane
headache...was ejected twice, on 7/12 at NYM by HP umpire
Bill Welke and on 7/27 vs SD by 3B umpire Jerry Crawford,
both times for arguing balls and strikes...finished hitless in
both games, the first ejection snapped his career-high 14-
game hitting streak and the second snapped a 7-game hitting
streak...were the first ejections of his career...played for
Canada in the World Baseball Classic and hit .556 (second
among all WBC players) with a 1.111 slugging percentage
In his first full Major League season
finished second in the National League Rookie of the Year
Award voting, was a finalist for a Players Choice Award
in the category of Outstanding NL Rookie, was a TOPPS
Major League Rookie All-Star and in a unanimous vote of
the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of
America received the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds'
Most Valuable Player...led NL rookies in hitting (.297), hits
(156), HR (24), total bases (266), multi-hit games (42),
on-base percentage (.368) and slugging percentage (.506) and ranked second in RBI (84), runs scored (69), doubles (32) and
extra-base hits (59)...among all NL batters ranked fourth with a .317ba
in day games...ranked eighth among all NL first basemen in fielding
percentage (.991, 11e, 1197tc) and established a club record for first
basemen with 136 assists (135, Frank McCormick, 1944)...led the
Reds in games (151), hitting, hits, total bases, doubles and RBI...
became the first player in franchise history to produce at least 20
homers and 30 doubles in his rookie season...also led the club with
18g of at least 3 hits, the most by any rookie in the Major Leagues...
hit 23 of his 24 homers as a first baseman, a new franchise record for
home runs by a rookie at that position (Ted Kluszewski, 12hr, 1948)
and the second-most by any rookie in Reds history (Frank Robinson,
38hr, 1956)...his 84rbi were the third-most in Reds history by a rookie
(Frank McCormick, 106rbi, 1938 & Jim Greengrass, 100rbi, 1953)...
after the All-Star break hit .321 (11hr, 44rbi)...in August led the club in hitting (.382) and RBI (18)...in September
led the club in hitting (.309), HR (9) and RBI (20) and earned the National League's Rookie of the Month
Award presented by Gillette...beginning 7/30, in his last 48g of the season hit .351 (11hr, 40rbi)...in his last
11g of the season hit .452 with 8 multi-hit games (5hr, 12rbi), raising BA from .283 to season-ending .297...
finished the season with a 7-game hitting streak that tied his career high, including 5 multi-hit games (13-26,
.500, 3hr, 7rbi)...led the club with 55 starts batting seventh in the order but also hit first (1g, 6/18 vs LAD),
second (8gs), third (20gs), fourth (18gs), fifth (17gs), sixth (18gs) and eighth (1gs, 7/23 vs SD)...from 8/9-8/15
was on the bereavement list...in his 39 apps after he was reinstated from the bereavement list hit .343 (10hr,
31rbi)...twice produced 3 straight 3-hit games (5/25-5/28, 8/21-8/23)...produced a 3-homer game (5/7 vs Chi,
see box), a 2-homer game (9/19 vs Mil) and his first career pinch-hit HR (5/18 vs Cle, off Cliff Lee)...from
9/3-9/5 homered in 3 straight games...in the 9-2 win on 4/17 at Chi tied his career high with 5rbi on a 3-run
double and 2-run HR off LHP Ted Lilly...in the 2-0 victory on 6/4 at Phi drove in both runs and had 2 of the
Reds' 3 hits...from 6/24-6/26 returned to his native Toronto for a 3-game series with the Blue Jays and went
1-for-11...in the 7-2 win vs NYM on 7/19 produced his first career triple, a 2-run shot off Aaron Heilmann that
gave Cin its 5-run lead...on 5/3 at Atl made his first career start batting cleanup...entered the season rated by
Baseball America as the 44th-best prospect in baseball.
Entered the season rated the third-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America and
finished it in the Major Leagues by hitting .321 (4hr, 17rbi) in 24 apps for the Reds...spent the minor league
season at Louisville, where in his first season at Class AAA he was that club's Most Valuable Player, the
International League's Rookie of the Year and a TOPPS All-Star...ranked among the IL leaders in HR (22, 4th),
RBI (92, 2nd), hits (146, T5th), OBP (.382, 7th) and batting average (.294, T13th)...led all Reds minor leaguers
in RBI and ranked third in HR and seventh in hitting...was voted to the IL's post-season All-Star team...played
in the Triple-A All-Star Game and for the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game...homered in the Futures
Game...joined the Reds after Louisville's season ended...made 21 starts (15 at 1B, 6 in LF)...hit safely in 18 of
his 21 starts...made his first 12 starts at 2B...following season-ending injuries to Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr. and
Josh Hamilton made 6 of his last 9 starts in LF...in September tied for the club lead in doubles (7) and ranked
second in HR (4) and RBI (17)...on 9/4 vs NYM made his Major League debut as a pinch hitter and struck
out vs Guillermo Mota...on 9/5 vs Mets made his first career start, played 1B and produced his first career hit
and RBI (solo HR off John Maine)...was 1 of 3 Reds rookies to produce a homer for his first career hit (Josh
Hamilton, Ryan Jorgensen)...on 9/14 at Mil recorded his first career stolen base...put together hitting streaks
of 4, 4 and 6g...in the season finale on 9/30 vs Chi produced a double, homer and 5rbi...was 1 of 10 Reds
players to make his Major League debut in 2007 (OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Jared Burton, LHP Jon Coutlangus,
RHP Brad Salmon, RHP Homer Bailey, LHP Phil Dumatrait, RHP Tom Shearn, RHP Marcus McBeth, C Ryan
Hanigan)...in May was Louisville's Hitter of the Month and the organization's Hitter of the Month (.402, 6hr,
21rbi)...was International League Batter of the Week for 8/13-8/19 (.360, 5hr, 12rbi)...on 8/17 at Charlotte and
8/18 at Durham became just the second player in Louisville history to produce consecutive 2-homer games...
from 5/7-5/25 put together a 17-game hitting streak, sixth-longest in the International League in 2007...from
5/4-6/20 reached base safely in 42 consecutive games, second-longest streak in the IL...in a survey of league
managers was voted best batting prospect and the batter with the best strike zone judgment...following the
season was rated the 10th-best prospect in the International League.
At Class AA Chattanooga was the Southern League's Most Valuable Player and batting
champion, TOPPS' Southern League Player of the Year and the Reds organization's minor league Hitter of
the Year...was a Baseball America Minor League and Class AA All-Star and a TOPPS Class AA All-Star...
was the North Division's starting first baseman in the Southern League All-Star Game and played in Major
League Baseball's All-Star Futures Game in Pittsburgh...led the SL in hitting (.319), hits (162), doubles (46),
on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.547), extra-base hits (70), total bases (278), runs scored
(85) and walks (78)...ranked second in the SL in homers (22)...fell 1 double shy of the Southern League
record...ranked among all Class AA leaders in doubles (T1st), extra-base hits (2nd), hits (3rd), total bases
(3rd), walks (78, 3rd), hitting (6th), runs (7th) and homers (T9th)...ranked among all minor league batters in
doubles (T1st), extra-base hits (T3rd), total bases (9th) and hits (T10th)...in June was the organization's Minor
League Player of the Month and TOPPS' Southern League Player of the Month (.355, 8hr, 24rbi, 5sb)... was
Southern League Player of the Month for 6/12-6/18...finished the season with a season-high 13-game hitting
streak (.391)...hit .351 (17hr, 60rbi) vs RHP and .262 (5hr, 17rbi) vs LHP...following the season was ranked
by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the Southern League...following the season played for
Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (11g, .294, 1hr, 7rbi, 4sb).
Spent the season with the Florida State League Reds in Sarasota, where in 124g he hit .256 and led
the club in hits (119), doubles (23), HR (17) and RBI (83)...was selected to play for Team Canada in the IBAF
XXXVI World Cup in Amsterdam, Netherlands...following the season played for Mesa in the prestigious Arizona
Fall League (10g, .250, 3rbi)...entered the '05 season ranked by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect
in the organization...on 11/18 was added to the Reds' 40-man roster.
In 135g at Class A Dayton and Class A Potomac combined to hit .301 with 19hr, 92rbi and 10 stolen bases...led
all Reds minor leaguers in batting average and RBI and ranked T2nd in home runs...began the season at Dayton,
where twice he was named Midwest League Player of the Week (4/26-5/2, 6/14-6/20)...in an 8-3 win at Clinton on
4/18 produced 2 homers, including a grand slam, and a season-high 7rbi...had 2hr and 4rbi in a 10-inning, 8-6 win on
6/30 at Wisconsin...from 7/25-8/3 had a season-high 10-game hitting streak (16-38, .421, 2hr, 11rbi)...on 8/10 was
transferred to Potomac, where he played his last 24g of the season...hit a grand slam in the 5-4 win on 9/6 vs Winston-
Salem...following the season was named Best Player of the Florida Instructional League...entered the '04 season
ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the organization.
In 130g at Class A Dayton and
Rookie Billings combined to hit .278 with 7hr and 58rbi...began the season at Dayton...on 6/11 was transferred to
Billings, where he received honorable mention for the Pioneer League's post-season All-Star team...led the Pioneer
League with a .452 on-base percentage...reached base in 63 of his 70 apps with the Mustangs...from 7/5-7/17 had
a season-high 12-game hitting streak (18-48, .375, 1hr, 7rbi).
In his first professional season hit .269 with 9hr
and 33rbi in 50 apps for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Reds...tied for the GCL lead with 25 extra-base hits...also
ranked among the league leaders in home runs (2nd), slugging percentage (.531, 4th) and total bases (93, 5th)...on
7/29 vs the Orioles belted a grand slam in a 10-5 win.