Cincinnati Reds: Who is most likely to have their jersey retired next?

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 26: Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 26: Former Cincinnati Reds great Pete Rose (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 08: Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Joey Votto, No. 19

This one may be all but academic. Joey Votto, among all those listed, is by far the most likely player to have his jersey number retired by the Cincinnati Reds. While the last two seasons haven’t produced the numbers we’re used to seeing from Votto, the Toronto native is a surefire choice to be named to the Reds Hall of Fame and may find his way to Cooperstown as well.

Votto has been maligned by a certain group of fans recently, mainly due to the fact that his performance does not match his salary. While that may be true, I would counter to those fans by saying that his salary in 2010 ($525K) definitely didn’t match the performance that landed Votto the National League MVP trophy that year.

It’s tough to judge Votto’s career, mainly because he’s still playing. Entering his age 36 season, Votto certainly doesn’t posses the power he once did, but the former NL MVP is still an incredibly valuable piece of the Cincinnati team that is looking to compete for a spot in the postseason once the 2020 baseball season gets underway.

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Joey Votto is an all-time great. He’s currently fifth all-time in team history in WAR, and may surpass Frank Robinson in that category this season. Throughout the 150 years of Cincinnati Reds baseball, Votto is currently first in on-base percentage, second in walks and OPS, third in doubles, fourth in home runs and eighth in hit and RBIs. Votto’s No. 19 will eventually be hanging above the fans at GABP.