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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 September10/06/2008 3:41 PM ET
Cincinnati Reds Media Relations
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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