CINCINNATI -- The first of what should be numerous postseason honors have come to Joey Votto. The Reds first baseman was named a 2010 National League All-Star by the Sporting News on Wednesday. He is the first Cincinnati player to receive the honor since Ken Griffey Jr. and Felipe Lopez in 2005. Over 300 players from all 30 Major League clubs completed the All-Star ballots.
Votto was second in the NL with a .324 batting average and was ranked third with both 37 home runs and 113 RBIs. He led the NL with a 1.024 OPS and .349 batting average on the road. Many consider Votto to be a leading contender for NL Most Valuable Player, an award that will be revealed after the World Series. In the other Sporting News Awards, Padres skipper Bud Black was named NL Manager of the Year. Former Reds player and current Rangers star Josh Hamilton was named MLB Player of the Year and Phillies ace Roy Halladay was named NL Pitcher of the Year. Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was voted as NL Rookie of the Year.