Joey Votto (40), the franchise star of American professional baseball’s Cincinnati Reds, announced his intention to extend his active career.
Votto appeared on a broadcast on the 7th (Korean time) and said, “I want to play for at least one more year. It would be better if I could continue in Cincinnati, but other teams are also fine.”
Votto, a Canadian, debuted in Cincinnati in 2007 and played exclusively in Cincinnati’s uniform for 17 seasons until this year.
Votto, who recorded a career batting average of 0.294, 356 home runs, 1,144 RBI, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.920, was selected as an All-Star six times and was selected as the National League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2010.
However, in the last two years, he suffered from frequent injuries and showed signs of aging, with a batting average of only 0.204 and an OPS of 0.712.
He was ejected from the final game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 2nd while protesting against the referee’s decision.
Many local media reported several times that Votto would retire at the end of this season, but the player himself expressed his intention to extend his active career.
Votto has an option for the Cincinnati team to re-sign for $20 million next season, but he is expected to be let go after paying a $7 million buyout (penalty).토토사이트
Regarding this, Votto expressed his strong will, saying, “I am also excited about the fact that I can become a free agent (FA) for the first time.”