The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Chattanooga Lookouts’ first baseman Joey Votto has been named the Most Valuable Player as voted upon by the league’s field managers, radio broadcasters and print media.

A Triple Crown contender for much of the season, Votto’s name appears near the top of the league leader-board in nearly every offensive category. He is currently leading the Southern League with a .313 average, 154 hits, 44 doubles, 67 extra-base hits, 82 runs scored, a .402 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. He also ranks third in the league with 76 RBI and is tied for third with 21 home runs.

This season, the 22-year-old has posted 44 multi-hit games, including eleven 3-hit games and one 4-hit game. He has driven in multiple runs on 17 occasions, including five 3-RBI games and one 4-RBI game. He enjoyed a season-high 10-game hitting streak August 7-17. He also put together a 9-game streak June 10-19 and two 8-game streaks (July 14-22 and August 22-current).

Great year for Joey Votto. A real comeback year for him after struggling last year in Sarasota.

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The 2006 Southern League Postseason All-Star Team is as follows:

First Baseman Joey Votto Chattanooga

Outfield Noochie Varner Chattanooga

Relief Pitcher David Shafer Chattanooga

Votto is 22 (be 23 in about a week), Shafer is 24, and Varner is 25.