Joey Votto’s been an All-Star Game regular for the National League for much of the 2010s, appearing in the Midsummer Classic five times. However, those July tilts haven’t gone so well for the Cincinnati Reds first baseman.
Tuesday night marked another Votto All-Star cameo without a hit, and this at-bat not producing such a result put the 33-year-old veteran into a tie for first on a list he’d rather not see. Votto has now garnered 10 All-Star Game at-bats, and only one other player has gone double-digit ABs without a hit in the history of this interleague event.
Votto ties former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Terry Moore as the only players with double-digit at-bats and no hits in the event. Moore played in four All-Star Games, from 1939-42, and has held this obscure record for 75 years.
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Houston Astros right-handed reliever Chris Devenski struck out the left-handed-swinging Votto in the eighth inning.
Votto, though, did give the National League a chance to tie the game in the 10th by coaxing a walk off Cleveland Indians closer Andrew Miller. That didn’t amount to a dramatic game-tying run for the NL, which lost 2-1, but it did mean Votto advanced to first base for the first time in his All-Star Game career. The five-time All-Star (2010-13, 2017), though, exits Marlins Park with 0-for-10 batting line that includes four strikeouts.
For his career, the borderline-superstar talent is a .313/.425/.542 hitter. A sample-size victim in these events thus far, Votto will enter his mid-30s seasons alongside Moore atop this list.
Votto broke a second-place tie with former New York Yankee Elston Howard with his hitless Tuesday night. Howard was 0-for-9 in his All-Star tenure.