Joey Votto Ties Pete Rose For Reds Team Record

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball. On Friday, he got on base for the 311th time this season, tying a franchise record with legendary hitter Pete Rose.

Pete Rose set the record in 1969, and now 44 years later it has finally been tied. And with a few games left this season, Joey Votto will probably break the record. It’s an incredible feat to be mentioned with such distinguished company.

Since debuting with the Reds in 2007, Joey Votto has established himself as a franchise player for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2010 he hit.324 with 113 RBIs and 37 home runs. At 30-years-old, Votto is so important to the Reds, the team signed him to a 12-year, $225 million contract extension.

Votto will be 41 years old when his contract expires in 2024. With any luck the Reds will have won the World Series by then.

Joey Votto tying Pete Rose is a real baseball treat. Pete Rose is, arguably, the greatest hitter to ever play the game. He finished his career with a.303 batting average and 4,256 hits. Sadly, Rose received a lifetime ban from the sport after he got caught gambling on games.

In today’s baseball era, it is unlikely any player will come close to that many hits, although Ichiro Suzuki will come close. Joey Votta has been in the league six years and has recorded 996 hits. At that pace he would need to play another 18 years, at least, to even come close.

Are you happy Joey Votto matched Pete Rose’s single season on base record? Do you think anyone will ever beat Rose’s all time hits record?

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