Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto saw his 2022 season come to an end in the middle of August when he couldn’t play through the shoulder pain he had been experiencing any longer. He would undergo surgery and after the surgeon got in there things were a bit worse than they originally expected it to be. After originally injuring his shoulder way back in 2015, things began to improve but ultimately the issues came back and it became too much to work around.

Three months after having the surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and torn bicep, Votto has begun to swing a bat again. Over on Instagram on Friday evening the Reds first baseman shared a video of him hitting off of tee in a batting cage in his instagram stories.

Yippee, indeed.

Redsfest

We are now less than a week away from the return of Redsfest. It will take place on Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd. Friday will have the doors open at the Duke Energy Convention Center at 3pm and Redsfest will last until 10:30pm. Saturday things get started at 11:00am and will remain open until 6:30pm. You can buy tickets at the event.

There will be 80 players/former players/minor league players/coaches/broadcasters in attendance. Here’s the most up to date list of attendees:

Current Players

MAJOR LEAGUERS
ALEJO LOPEZ KEVIN NEWMAN
ALEXIS DIAZ LUCAS SIMS
BUCK FARMER LUIS CESSA
CONNOR OVERTON MICHAEL SIANI
FERNANDO CRUZ NICK LODOLO
GRAHAM ASHCRAFT NICK SENZEL
HUNTER GREENE NICK SOLAK
IAN GIBAUT REIVER SANMARTIN
JAKE FRALEY SPENCER STEER
JOEL KUHNEL STUART FAIRCHILD
JOEY VOTTO TEJAY ANTONE
JONATHAN INDIA TONY SANTILLAN
JUSTIN DUNN TYLER STEPHENSON
VLADIMIR GUTIERREZ

Former Players/Alumni

ALUMNI
BILLY DORAN
BRETT TOMKO
CORKY MILLER
DAVE MILEY
EDDIE TAUBENSEE
ERIC DAVIS
JACK BILLINGHAM
JOE OLIVER
MARIO SOTO
MARTY BRENNAMAN
RAWLY EASTWICK
SCOTT WILLIAMSON
TODD BENZINGER
TOM HUME
TOMMY HELMS

Minor League Players

MINOR LEAGUERS
ALEX McGARRY JAY ALLEN II
ALLAN CERDA JOE BOYLE
ANDREW ABBOTT LEVI STOUDT
AUSTIN HENDRICK LYON RICHARDSON
BRANDON WILLIAMSON MATT McLAIN
CAM COLLIER NOELVI MARTE
CASEY LEGUMINA RECE HINDS
CHRISTIAN ENCARNACION-STRAND
CHRISTIAN ROA RICKY KARCHER
CONNOR PHILLIPS SAL STEWART
EDWIN ARROYO TJ HOPKINS
ELLY DE LA CRUZ TYLER CALLIHAN

Coaches and Broadcasters

COACHES BROADCASTERS
DAVID BELL ANNIE SABO
DEREK JOHNSON BRIAN GIESENSCHLAG
FREDDIE BENAVIDES CHRIS WELSH
JEFF PICKLER JEFF BRANTLEY
JOEL McKEITHAN JIM DAY
JR HOUSE JOHN SADAK
KYLE ARNSBERG SAM LECURE
TOMMY THRALL

If you’re looking for more information on all things Redsfest you can (hopefully) find the answers here.

24 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Great news from Joey V.
    Would love to see him playing first base and hitting 4th on Opening Day and have a good send-off in 2023 from Reds fans.

    • Melvin

      I viewed Stephenson hitting recently too. Glad to see both of them recovering well.

      • Earmbrister

        I viewed Votto sporting a goatee. Styling

  2. Mark Moore

    Seeing progress is always a good thing. Hoping Joey heals well and rides out on a cloud of hits.

  3. CFD3000

    Progress! I know this is not the popular opinion right now, but I hope Votto is 100% healthy in 2023, has a really strong year, and both he and the Reds want him on the team in 2024 (and maybe longer).

    The Reds may have three very good young starters, and their offense will hinge on the health and success of Votto, Stephenson and India. If those three are all strong and productive, the Reds have an opportunity in a weak division. I’m not running to Vegas to bet the farm, but I’m certainly rooting for that best case scenario.

    • Colorado Red

      Joey, is way too costly beyond this year.
      Have to not exercise this option, and see if you can get him back cheap.
      Aging is undefeated, and catches up with us all.

      • Melvin

        My money is on Votto. lol I do think he would come back cheap. He wouldn’t care about that.

      • CFD3000

        Not necessarily. I absolutely think he’d be willing to negotiate a cheaper deal, especially if it gave him options to play more than one more year. But I agree that he’d have to have a spectacular year for the Reds not to exercise their buyout or renegotiate the end of the deal. First things first – he’s got to get healthy and play well or it’s all a moot point.

      • RedBB

        If he repeats his success from 2021 his 2024 option would not be too expensive in general. He’s already owed $7Min buyout for 2024 so essentially the Q is will be worth $13M? 3-4WAR is worth $13M IMO, Not saying he will do it..but its possible

    • David

      To CFD3000:
      Why would this not be popular…for Joey to be healthy and play well in 2023?

      He’s a great guy, has always worked hard. Who would not want him to come back?
      I am skeptical of his health, and his ability to hit ML pitching again, because shoulder surgeries are tricky. Swinging a bat and hitting off a tee is a start to rehab. But being skeptical is a lot different that being hopeful…because I think we are all hoping for the best from Joey.

      • CFD3000

        David –
        I do believe most are rooting for Votto to be healthy and productive. We’re all Reds fans after all. But there’s a minority, perhaps it’s small but it’s certainly vocal, who think Votto’s contract has been holding the team back for many years. I do not agree, but my “it may not be popular” comment was a response to those who will be happier when Votto’s contract is finished and he has retired (or changed teams). Maybe I’m wrong about that sentiment or how many feel that way. But as a big Votto fan it has always baffled me.

        Maybe I should leave that out and simply say I hope he’s healthy and so productive that the Reds want him back beyond 2023.

  4. MBS

    Votto needs to keep the beard. I think if he does, he’ll be .330BA, .450OBP, 35HR, 120RBI. Just don’t cut it off Joey.

    • PTBNL

      I also think he should play in high-water, rolled up blue jeans.

  5. LDS

    Good to see him progressing. Looks like he has a lot of work ahead of him. But that’s something he’s good at. Hopefully, he makes it back by ST and is effective. Certainly, the Reds haven’t indicated any kind of contingency plan if he (or Moose) isn’t able or doesn’t perform. Maybe the Reds should assign Moustakas as Votto’s workout partner. If Moose survived that, he might actually contribute to the team this year.

    • Melvin

      “Maybe the Reds should assign Moustakas as Votto’s workout partner. If Moose survived that, he might actually contribute to the team this year”. There ya go. Good idea. hahaha

    • west larry

      You made your point. joey and moose are polar opposites, Votto works his butt off, it doesn’t appear as if Moustakas burns any excess calories.

  6. Redsvol

    Got to live Joey Votto. If you ran into that guy on the street who would think that was a professional ball player and future hall of gamer?

    I hope he comes back strong and plays 130 games as our DH with an .800 Ops. Would like that very much.

  7. LDS

    As most expected, Aquino crossed the pond, signing with Chunichi Dragons of NPB. Meanwhile, in Cincinnati, the alarm clocks failed, and the Reds FO is still asleep at the wheel.

    • Earmbrister

      Aristides is turning Japanese, I really think so …

      • LDS

        Careful now, that song may violate the family friendly nature of RLN.

      • Harry Stoner

        I hope he hits 87 home runs next season and the Japanese come out with some kind of action-figure / superhero toy and cartoon series named after him.

      • LDS

        There was, back about 1980, called “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors. Actually, not a song worth listening to, but they admitted what it was about. And that isn’t RLN fare – let’s just call it “self indulgence”.