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By Jake Misener
Jun 30, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) reacts after an at bat during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
2) Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
For the first time in five years, Votto failed to make the All-Star team in 2014.
Injuries caused issues for the Reds’ face of the franchise, who limped to a .255/.390/.409 mark in just 62 games – but most believe 2014 was an anomaly. The year prior, the slugger played in all 162 games, earning his fourth-straight All-Star nod and finishing sixth in the NL MVP voting. He led the league with 135 walks and a .435 OBP – which has become his staple asset as he’s matured.
He may not be the power threat he once was, but with his health issues supposedly behind him and an on-base-minded approach, Votto is still one of the premier first base talents in all of Major League Baseball.