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Votto a worthy pick for male athlete of year?
Tue, December 21, 2010

By DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

No one can truly know the strength of the demons Joey Votto had to battle in the summer of 2009.

Dealing with depression, an angry and debilitating disease, and overwhelming anxiety issues, the Cincinnati Reds first baseman was forced to temporarily step away from baseball to put his life, which was spinning out of control, back together.

Brought on by the death of his father the year previous, the experience, Votto has said in the past, was "totally overwhelming" and threatened to derail his career.

So no one would have been surprised if Votto's upward trajectory with the Reds -- his progression from big-league prospect to budding superstar -- had plateaued in 2010.

But, incredibly, one season removed from what was likely the hardest-fought battle of his life, the 27-year-old Toronto native instead launched himself through the baseball stratosphere.

Votto's MVP performance, particularly coming on the heels of an illness that has shattered the lives of countless people, earned him enough votes to edge out Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, who doubled up as Olympic and Stanley Cup champ, as the QMI Agency Canadian male athlete of the year for 2010.

In your opinion, was Votto a worthy pick for male athlete of year?

Votto wins inaugural QMI Agency male athlete of year



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9 Comments

I relaly couldn't ask for more from this article.
Ryne, 2011-08-24 17:30:42

Yep!!.....Very good choice.
Mitch, 2010-12-29 18:19:30

Joey Votto wins another Athlete of the year awardshameful

Opportunity Missed

Job well done Mr.Votto...you were crazy and now youre not and you managed to not win anything for youre efforts. All the while we have some young Canadian men who won gold Medals and who earned Stanley Cups and some won both. A feat that has not only never been equaled it has never been done on home soil. Shame! Jon Toews was voted the most valuable forward at the Olympic Games, won a gold Medal for his country, played for and earned a Stanley Cup and was also given the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP. I guess Joey Votto had more hardships to overcome on his road to mediocrity than Jonathon Toews had to overcome on his road to unequalled heights. Remember what he accomplished this year has never been done before any may never be done again.


Niz, 2010-12-22 09:55:00

Seriously? Someone is saying GSP? A fringe novelty sport, that has maybe a half dozen legitimate contenders? Votto was the one and only choice for male athlete of the year. Everyone else can vie for a distant second.
bfd230, 2010-12-22 07:40:29

Great Year for Joey,bad year for QMI Agency Awards. Ryder Hesjedal should have won going away. A man alone, peeing in a cup each and every day over his 9-month season (cycling). No greater scrutiny, no greater Canadian accomplishment. Sadly, out of sight, out of mind. A national hero, Ryder Hesjedal
design8edrallykiller, 2010-12-21 23:39:14

Funny how all the baseball fans in the Tranna media predicted Votto as winner before the vote even occurred. Can you say fixed? But saying Votto was a "slam dunk?" After what Toews or our Olympians or GSP did in 2010? Compared to a baseball player? I just have to laugh its so ridiculous
Bernie Carpelli, 2010-12-21 22:53:42

Isn't this the guy who told a kid he didn't sign autographs? Great role model.
am, 2010-12-21 22:08:08

GSP is robbed - Votto who?
sir will, 2010-12-21 19:04:15

Toews season was 10 times more of a grind than Votto. Training Camp, Half an NHL season, The Olympics, Second half of the NHL season and then a whole playoffs is the most grueling of any sport. Toews is NOT the best hockey player in the world but he played the year like he was. Sorry but Baseball is not even close to hockey when it comes to a grind and the punishment it lays on your body.
cappthook, 2010-12-21 17:58:58

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