Player Profile: Joey Votto
- Joey Votto wears a Rawlings Pro Preferred PROTMKBVOT. (Photo of Votto by Sideonecincy)
Votto’s home country, Canada, is not traditionally known as a baseball country (though WPW does get a lot of Canadian visitors!). In fact, Votto is in elite company in Canada, joining Larry Walker (’98) and Ferguson Jenkins (’74) as one of only three baseball players to win the Lou Marsh Trophy, awarded annually to the country’s top athlete. Feel free to use that as a trivia question.
Votto, the NL’s 2011 Gold Glove Award winner at first, wears a Rawlings Pro Preferred PROTMKBVOT, made specially for him and available online! It’s a single post exactly like you see in the feature—except his has red writing.
He also wears his batting glove under his fielding glove, which we know from my previous post is a Franklin Neo Classic II, scarcely available online.
On his left forearm, Votto wears a Franklin band with his number on it. WPW has seen him wearing both red and grey, neither of which are available online. I just photoshopped the one in the feature off of his wrist, which shows that the “Franklin” runs parallel to his arm. There are Franklin wristbands available where the logo runs perpendicular to your arm, but not parallel like Votto’s.
I put his sunglasses up because I’ve been doing it for everyone else, but I really can’t promise you those are current, and here’s why—he never wears them. I noticed he wore them literally ONCE this year and he wasn’t wearing them for the entire game. Either way, those Oakley Radar Range are available through the Oakley Custom Builder. Here are the specs:
- Frame: Pearl White (Straight Stem)
- Lens: Fire Iridium Range
- Icon: Polished Black
- Earsock: White
Here are the links:
Rawlings Pro Preferred PROTMKBVOT Glove (I could only find it on Baseball Express)
Franklin Wristbands (Not what Votto wears!)
Oakley Radar Range Sunglasses (Custom Builder)
If in some alternate universe, the MLB decided today (6.25.12) to start all over and hold a league-wide draft where all players were available, the Canadian-born, 28 year-old Joey Votto might garner some interest as the number one pick. Already an MVP and a Gold Glove first basemen, Votto is currently leading the league in the following categories: doubles, walks, OBP, Slugging %, total bases, and intentional BBs. Votto is as complete a hitter as there is in the league, and his swing is just about flawless. Not only will he compete for batting titles for years to come, but also home run and RBI titles. He’s one of the very few legitimate Triple Crown threats in the Bigs today.
Joey Votto’s bat is a 34-inch/32 oz. Louisville Slugger M356. On a side note—I was watching the game today and obviously paying close attention to Votto’s hands to be sure of his gloves, but I did realize something non-equipment related but was still a good lesson for amateur players: Votto was choked up about an inch-and-a-half versus Yovani Gallardo. This is a guy who Votto has hit extremely well in his career. It just goes to show you that even the best power hitters in the world value bat-control.
Votto wears Franklin batting gloves. He has worn the Natural II style for almost the entire season, but just today we noticed him wearing the Neo Classic II (see below).
- Votto’s Neo Classic II batting gloves from tonight (6.25.12). (MLB.tv)
The ones he had on tonight are slightly different than the ones we see for sale online, but very very similar.
Votto’s cleats are an exclusive version of the Nike Shox Fuse 2 cleats you see above. Here’s a decent look:
Votto’s cleats which do not actually have the Shox feature under the heel but are the Fuse style, are unavailable. Other versions of Shox Fuse 2′s aren’t very plentiful either, though they can be found scarcely on the internet.
And here’s how Joey Votto earned his own exclusive cleats:
Here are the links:
Franklin Neo Classic II Batting Gloves (which he wore today)
Franklin Natural II Batting Gloves (which he’s worn for the majority of the season)
Nike Shox Fuse 2 (not much out there and not in Votto’s colorway)