OTTAWA- Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto belted his 300th career home run tonight joining Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) as the only two Canadian players to reach the milestone.
Walker finished with 383 career homers.
Votto, a native of Etobicoke, Ontario, hit home run #300 in the third inning off of Chicago Cubs' starter Jake Arrietta driving the first pitch in the at-bat 429 feet, well beyond the right field wall at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The blast was Votto’s fifth homer of the season, his 15th in the big leagues.
The 37-year-old not only becomes the second Canadian to hit 300 home runs, but he also joins some exclusive company with Hall of Famers Johnny Bench (389) and Frank Robinson (324) as the only other players in Reds history to reach 300 home runs.
Votto, a six-time All-Star and 2010 National League Most Valuable Player award winner, is closing in on 1000 career RBI as he currently sits at 982 as of this writing.
Votto is a four-time national team player having represented Canada twice in 2005 at the WBSC Baseball World Cup and the CONCEBE Baseball Regional Olympic Qualifier along with the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classic events.