Reds first baseman Joey Votto is in his 13th year in the major leagues and he’s still recorded career firsts.  In the 8th inning of Wednesday’s loss to the Dodgers, he fouled out to first baseman Cody Bellinger.

It was the first time in Votto’s career that he popped out to the first baseman.  According to, Votto has popped out on just 2 percent of his career batted balls.

Any Votto pop fly is rare, coming on just 2 percent of his career batted balls and a little more than 1 percent of his plate appearances. But none of Votto’s previous 88 career pop flies had been caught by a first baseman.

Votto, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts out of the leadoff spot on Wednesday, has come to the plate 6,829 times in his career.

What a wild stat.  How do you play 13 years in the majors and record less than a hundred career pop ups?  There are probably guys who have a hundred, or close to a hundred pop ups in a season.

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