Votto Wins Tip O’Neill Award for the 7th TimeDecember 5, 2017 10:48am
A familiar name is the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award.
Etobicoke native Joey Votto is being presented with the honour for the seventh time in eight years. He shared the award with John Axford in 2011.
The Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman was two points shy of winning the National League MVP award this past season.
“Joey Votto has had several outstanding major league seasons, but 2017 might have been his best yet,” said Scott Crawford, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of operations in a release. “And through his charitable efforts, he continues to be a wonderful ambassador for the game of baseball. We’re proud to honour him with this award.”
Votto continues to be heavily involved in the club’s Reds Community Fund, the club’s non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth. Votto also makes regular visits to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre and meets with patients and staff at the ballpark during meet and greets.
Votto donates to charities like the UC Health (Greater Cincinnati’s Academic Health System) and has participated in Make-A-Wish experiences at the Great American Ball Park.
The release quotes Votto as saying:
“I thank the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for the honour. I continue to be humbled by this award, because very good baseball players are coming out of Canada. My countrymen and I thank the Baseball Hall of Fame’s continuing efforts in promoting the game and our players.”
The Hall presents the Tip O’Neill Award to “the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.”