While there’s been plenty of arguing on the internet about whether the current decade is from 2010-2019, or from 2011-2020 – it seems that the internet writers of the world are using “content strategy” to say that it’s 2010-2019. And with that in mind, David Shoenfield of ESPN put together the Major League Baseball All-Decade Team from that time period. Only one Reds player made the list – Joey Votto – who got the nod at first base over Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt.
Why it’s Votto: He led all batters in the decade in runs created and on-base percentage, ranked third in WAR, won an MVP and matched Cabrera in wRC+ (while being a much better fielder).
Let’s be sure to note that the above statement by Schoenfield is referring to all hitters at all positions, not just first base. Among position players only Mike Trout and Robinson Cano had more WAR than Joey Votto did during the past decade.Let’s take a look at Votto’s stats for the decade:
During the decade, Joey Votto led the National League in several categories during a season. He played in a league best 162 games twice. In 2013 he led the league with 726 plate appearances. During the 2011 season he led the league with 40 doubles. Five times saw him lead the league in walks. In seven seasons he led the league in on-base percentage. In his 2010 MVP season he led the league in slugging. And twice, in 2010 and 2017 he led the league in OPS.
Former Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was the only other player from the Reds who was in the “others considered” category. He and Kenley Jansen lost out to Craig Kimbrel in the reliever category.
While Schoenfield went into detail on why he chose each player from this decade, he didn’t do that for all of his previous decades picks. But it was fun to look back at the picks that were made. That list features plenty of former Reds. Those lists include Barry Larkin from the 90’s, half of The Big Red Machine in the 70’s, and a sprinkling of Reds in the previous decades.