Joey Votto delivered a masterpiece of a season for the last-place Cincinnati Reds this year, but he finished second in the race for Major League Baseball’s National League Most Valuable Player.
And Reds nation is not happy.
It was the closest MVP race since 1979, as Votto finished only two points behind Florida Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton in voting by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America, according to the Associated Press.
Stanton got 10 first-place votes and 302 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Votto also got 10 firsts and had 300 points.
Votto topped the majors with a .454 on-base percentage, while Stanton finished the season with 59 homers, the most in baseball since 2001, according to the AP.
Here’s what some are saying on Twitter:
Joey Votto is the best hitter of like the last 20 years and so few people who write about baseball for a living seem to know— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) November 16, 2017
The last 3 times a player drew 130+ walks in a season:— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) November 16, 2017
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So Joey Votto 100% deserved to win MVP this year, and had he been on a winning team he would have won it no questions asked. Best player in the NL by FAR this season. Disappointing to see him not win.— Matt Allaire (@AllaireMatt) November 16, 2017
I can't get upset about Giancarlo Stanton winning MVP. I love watching that guy mash baseballs and having fun.— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) November 17, 2017
But you'll never convince me he had a better season than Joey Votto.
Can't recall an award decision more surprising in recent seasons than Joey Votto failing to win a Silver Slugger in 2017.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 10, 2017