Joseph Daniel 'Joey' Votto, (born September 10, 1983) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. In 2010, he won the National League MVP Award, the National League Hank Aaron Award, and the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year. Votto was born on September 10, 1983 to Joseph and Wendy Votto, in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in Etobicoke, a district in the west end of Toronto. His mother was a sommelier and restaurant manager. His late father was a chef and a baseball fan. As a kid, Votto adorned a Ted Williams poster on his wall. He enrolled at Richview Collegiate Institute in 1997. At his high school, Votto also played basketball and hockey. Votto and his father were fans of the Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. Votto was drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2002 MLB amateur draft by the Reds (44th overall), Votto's first few professional seasons with the Reds' rookie-level affiliates were quiet.
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