After spending the off season training with Athletic & Personal Development program, Cincinnati Reds first baseman, Joey Votto, made his mark with the World Baseball Classic's Team Canada. In a game against Team USA on Saturday, he went 4 for 5 with a solo shot to deep right field.
Votto spent most of his time at IMG with physical conditioning Performance Specialist, Corey Stenstrup, preparing for not only the Red's Spring Training, but also representing his native country on Team Canada. However, even with the added pressure, he showed stayed focused while balancing his time with the two teams. In a recent article on MLB.com, Votto said:
"I'm going to take every opportunity to get my extra work in between," Votto said. "I will still be in the mind-set that it's Spring Training and I have to prepare to play for the Reds. I will be ready."
Last season, Votto batted .297 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 151 games. The 25-year-old finished second in National League Rookie of the Year Award voting behind the Cubs' Geovany Soto.
Although Team Canada was just knocked out of the World Baseball Classic by Team Italy, we will keep track of Joey as he steps up to the plate for the Reds.
See Joey's big day at the plate by clicking HERE