Jun 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) at bat against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 5-4 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Votto for the Homerun Derby? Why Not?

ATTN: Mr. David Wright

I know that there is about a 99.99% chance that you will not see this post, but I wanted to send you a suggestion.

Recently it was announced, Mr. Wright that you will be the National League Captain for the 2013 Homerun Derby at Citi Field in New York City. During your interview along with New York Yankee and American League captain Robinson Cano, you said you were looking for suggestions for people to add to your team, and that’s why I write you today.

On behalf of Cincinnati Reds fans, we would love if you were to consider Joey Votto as a member of the National League team in this years competition.

Joey Votto is a former National League MVP and a guy who many people know, but for some reason hasn’t grasped as a house hold name amongst Major League stars.

I completely understand that there are hitters known more for hitting home runs in the National League including Votto’s own teammate Jay Bruce, along with the likes of Andrew McCutchen, Ryan Braun, and Bryce Harper. With that being said,  Votto is just a whole different animal and someone who can make the event a little more interesting.

This past offseason Joey Votto was named the Face of MLB (In a twitter vote for what it’s worth) beating out the likes of Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Kemp, and Derek Jeter. Votto has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, as well as ESPN the Magazine. He’s known for being cerebral and really just different from just about every other hitter in the game today.

So Mr. Wright, I ask, when you look at the names to be apart of the National League team for the Homerun Derby, please consider Joey Votto. We sure would like to see what it’s like to see Votto actually  get pitched to for a minimum 10 straight pitches.

Thank you for your time,

Tim Daniel

Tags: All-Star Game Cincinnati Reds Home Run Derby Joey Votto

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