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We knew Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was good at drawing walks, but this is ridiculous.
Yes, during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, Votto took a ball to reach a 3-2 count ... but was awarded a walk and, as a result, headed to first base. No one seemed to notice the error.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, this stemmed from an extra ball being added to the stadium scoreboard. It even had the TV play-by-play crew fooled.
And although it likely didn't influence the final outcome too much -- the Reds won 8-2 -- it did come as part of a six-run seventh inning. So ... perhaps Votto's otherworldly walk-drawing did give Cincinnati an edge?
Where will Fielder sign?
Prince Fielder's reign in Milwaukee will likely come to an end soon, as the free agent has been rumored to be meeting with the Nationals. Will 2012 find him hitting home runs in Washington?
Fielder's hitting prowess is beyond question, but it's a pretty good era for first basemen. Is he really one of the best in baseball?
Fielder or Votto?
Teams looking for a first baseman of the future have two attractive options: sign Prince Fielder now, or wait two years and go after the Reds' Joey Votto. Who would you go for?