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Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds named winner of the National league Rookie of the Month Award Presented by Gillette for September
10/06/2008 3:41 PM ET
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been named the September recipient of the National League Rookie of the Month Award presented by Gillette.

Votto batted .309 (29-94) with eight doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 20 RBI in 25 September games. The 25-year-old first baseman posted a .723 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage, and added 18 runs and two stolen bases. Votto ended the season on a seven-game hitting streak and had hit safely in 10 of his final 11 games, including eight multi-hit games. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Votto recorded multi-hit games in three consecutive contests on three occasions during the month - September 3 rd-5th; 18th-20th; and 22nd-24th.

On September 19th against Milwaukee, Joey collected the second multi-homer game of his career, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Votto, who was selected in the second round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, finished the season with a .297 average, 24 home runs, 32 doubles, 84 RBI and a .506 slugging percentage. Votto led all N.L. rookies in batting average, hits (156), home runs, total bases (266), multi-hit games (42), on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and finished second in RBI, runs scored (69), doubles and extra-base hits (59). In addition, Joey's 24 home runs were the second-most by a rookie in Reds history behind Frank Robinson's 38 in 1956, and his 84 RBI ranked third all-time among Reds rookies. Votto also became the first player in franchise history to produce at least 20 home runs and 30 doubles in his rookie season.

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