Joey Votto has epitomized the city of Cincinnati and Reds baseball for the last 15 years. He has cemented himself as one of the all-time greats to play the sport and has posted some incredible numbers throughout his career.
The Cincinnati Reds sent Votto on a rehab assignment this past week as the six-time All-Star looks to get back on the major league diamond following an extensive shoulder/ biceps surgery.
When Votto eventually makes his return from the IL, he will be closing in on a few major milestones that he could surpass, both in Reds history and in individual achievements.
What 3 career-milestones might Joey Votto surpass in 2023?
Joey Votto currently has 3,616 total bases in his career. First place is out of reach, as Pete Rose sits over 1,000 total bases ahead of Votto. But there is a chance that Votto could surpass Hall of Famer Johnny Bench just few weeks after his return.
Bench totaled 3,644 total bases across his legendary Reds career. That leaves Votto only 28 total bases behind the legend. Passing Bench in any statistical category is an incredible achievement.
There are only two active major league players who have played more games than the Cincinnati Reds first baseman; Nelson Cruz and Miguel Cabrera. Votto has appeared in 1,991 games during his 16-year career, leaving him just a couple weeks of games shy of 2,000 played in his career.
Votto currently ranks sixth all-time in Reds history in games played, sitting 144 games behind second baseman Bid McPhee for fifth-place. If Votto's club-option is picked up during the offseason, there's chance that Votto could surpass McPhee.
Only one Reds player (Johnny Bench), and 98 others in major league history, have surpassed 350 career home runs. Joey Votto could become the 99th player to do so.
Votto currently has 342 home runs, ranking just outside of the Top 100 in major league history. Votto has had some historic home runs, walk off bombs, and tape measure shots. The former NL MVP has tallied 20 home runs multiple times during his career, including 30 home runs in three different seasons. Eight round trippers is certainly within reach.