But What Do I Know? . . . Joey Votto, Dalton Pompey, Nick Pivetta, Rob Thomson, Tim Raines

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By Kevin Glew

Cooperstowners in Canada

My weekly observations and notes about some Canadian baseball stories:

-Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) belted his 300th major league home run on Friday. It was a two-run shot in the third inning off Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Jake Arrieta in the Reds’ 8-6 win at the The Great American Ballpark. With that home run, Votto became just the second Canadian to hit 300 homers in the big leagues. Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, B.C.) finished with 383 home runs. Last week, I shared that five of Votto’s home runs have come against Canadian pitchers, including two off 2019 Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, B.C.) and single homers off Rich Harden (Victoria, B.C.), Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) and John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.). Votto also hit three of his round-trippers at Rogers Centre. The first was a solo shot off reliever Shawn Camp in a Reds’ 7-5 win over the Blue Jays on June 25, 2009. His second and third were first-inning homers that came in back-to-back games at the Dome on May 30 and May 31, 2017 off Blue Jays hurlers J.A. Happ and Mike Bolsinger respectively.

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