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By Tyler Jett / MLB.com
Votto honored to receive Lou Marsh Award
CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto was honored before Saturday's game in an on-field ceremony where he was given the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.Votto is just the third baseball player to win the award, joining Larry Walker in 1998 and Fergie Jenkins in '74. Marsh, the honor's namesake, was an athlete, referee and sports editor of the Toronto Sun. He died in 1936. "It enormous," Votto said on Friday of the award's importance. "If you look at the list of guys that won that award, it's pretty select company. We have Olympic gold medalists, [humanitarian] Terry Fox, and then obviously a lot of hockey players; you know, Wayne Gretzky. To be on that list is a very big deal to me." Votto first learned he would receive the award in December, when a panel of Canadian journalists voted for the reigning National League MVP. Before he could receive the trophy, however, Votto had to wait six months for Cincinnati to host Toronto, a franchise that was certainly influential to the Reds first baseman when he was a kid. The Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and '93, the latter coming when Votto was 10 years old. "The Toronto Blue Jays were the biggest thing in the city for a while, and everybody loved them," said Votto, who was raised in Etobicoke, a suburb of Toronto.
Six of Scott Rolen's last seven hits have gone for extra bases, including Friday night's solo home run -- his first homer since April 7."The guy's had power his whole career; you don't get it at 35," manager Dusty Baker said. "The main thing is that he's healthier and he's still strong." Rolen went on the disabled list in April with a left shoulder strain and he missed four games in June with a viral infection in his throat. Those setbacks played a part in the third baseman's early season power outage. He was slugging .377 through his first 38 games.
Although a final decision has not been made, Baker said pitcher Homer Bailey (strained posterior capsule in right shoulder) will probably make another rehab appearance before returning to the Reds. Bailey gave up three earned in 4 1/3 innings for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
Tyler Jett is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.