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Reds' Votto to receive Tip O'Neill award on Wednesday

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TSN.ca Staff
4/15/2014 2:25:01 PM
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Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto will receive the James "Tip" O'Neill Award prior to Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

The award is presented annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals.

"Joey Votto is not only a superstar on the field, but he's also an inspiration and a difference-maker away from the ballpark," said Scott Crawford, the Hall's director of operations. "There was a very strong field of candidates for this award, but Joey deserves this honour for his tremendous contributions both on and off the field."

The Etobicoke, Ontario native, who was selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game in 2013, hit over .300 for the fifth straight season and set new Canadian single-season records for walks (135) and times on base (316).

Hitting 24 home runs, he finished sixth in the National League MVP voting and topped Canadians in every offensive category except for doubles, RBI and stolen bases.

Off the field, Votto launched the Joey Votto Foundation, which helps military veterans and active service members in Cincinnati and Toronto deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. His goal is to offer care to approximately 500 new patients each year.

"It's an honour to be recognized again by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame," Votto said. "It is very flattering to be mentioned in any discussion that includes Larry Walker, who represented our country with such dedication and professionalism during his Major League career. I have to thank the Baseball Hall of Fame for its efforts in promoting our great game in Canada."

Votto becomes the first player to win the award four years in a row and the second player to win it more than three times, joining Maple Ridge, B.C., native Larry Walker, who won the award nine times.

Joey Votto (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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