And so it begins:

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.

This is kinda like the torch getting passed, since Votto had to beat out Albert Pujols for that spot on the TSN All-Stars (not to mention Adrian Gonzalez). Pujols, of course, has been the most dominant player in baseball for a number of years.

Joey Votto has arrived.