The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds each had one player as the face of their franchise throughout most of the 2010s. In 2007 Ryan Braun won rookie of the year for the Brew Crew, was the 2011 NL MVP, and received MVP votes in seven of the 14 seasons that he played. On the other hand Joey Votto was the runner up in rookie of the year voting in 2008, won MVP in 2010, and received MVP votes in nine of 17 seasons.
Ryan Braun officially hung up his cleats after the shortened 2020 season concluded. Joey Votto, who is 40 years old, just had his 2024 club option declined by the Reds and is a free agent. He does have his sights set on playing in 2024 and despite the torture that he inflicted upon the Brewers fan base over the years one household Milwaukee name is endorsing that the Crew should pursue him.
Amy Williams is endorsing the Milwaukee Brewers to pursue Joey Votto after the Cincinnati Reds declined his 2024 club option.
As a season ticket holder who sits behind home plate Amy Williams is well known among baseball fans. She attends a large number of Brewers games and has caught a lot of games in which Joey Votto has played against her team. Now that he is a free agent she is endorsing that Milwaukee pursue him.
— Amy Williams (@FrontRowAmy) November 4, 2023
Looking at the Brewers offseason needs there is the potential that they will need a new first baseman. Carlos Santana is currently a free agent, Rowdy Tellez is a non-tender candidate, and Mark Canha was just traded to the Detroit Tigers. In the minor leagues Tyler Black started playing first base towards the end of last season, but it is unclear if he will factor into Milwaukee’s early 2024 season plans.
Should the Brewers pursue Joey Votto he would have the luxury of playing 81 games in a stadium where he has had a ton of success. In 111 games and 484 plate appearances he has a career .309/.426/.533 slash line at American Family Field. This equates to a .978 OPS in which he also has 24 home runs and 73 RBI.
It will be interesting to see where Joey Votto ends up playing in 2024. A return to Cincinnati does not seem likely based on Reds president of baseball operations Nick Krall’s statement after they declined his option, so why not join the Milwaukee Brewers?
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