Joey Votto

The Cincinnati Reds may be the only team struggling in the National League, but their star slugger Joey Votto of Toronto, Ontario, is putting on quite the show. This past week, according to Austin Gayle of Fox Sports, Votto hit his 136th home run at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, which set a record for the most home runs ever hit at the park.

However Votto currently is in a streak that has the baseball world buzzing. He has reached base more than once in 18 straight games, the fourth longest streak ever in Major League Baseball history, according to Ted Williams, Pete Rose and Barry Bonds are the only players ever to have streaks longer than 18 games. Williams reached base in 21 straight games at least twice in 1948. Rose reached base in 20 straight games at least twice with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979 and Bonds reached base in 20 straight games at least twice with the San Francisco Giants in 2004.

It is too bad that Votto is not playing for a contender or his offensive prowess would be in the spotlight even more. He currently is batting .314 with 31 home runs and 85 runs batted in. Votto also leads the Major League Baseball in walking 95 times, an on base percentage of .446 and an on base and slugging percentage of 1.046.

This is also a very busy time for national baseball championships. This past weekend, CBC Sports surprisingly showed the Canadian Little League Championship, which was won by White Rock South Surrey Little League. White Rock South Surrey will now represent Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania that starts Thursday.

The 12 year-olds from southwestern British Columbia deserve high praise, but it is puzzling that this championship continues to get television exposure at the expense of other national championships. At the recent Canada Summer Games, there was only one baseball game shown between Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. While the gold medal games in soccer, basketball, and softball were shown, baseball was not.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Slo-Pitch Championships will be going on this week from St-Bruno, Quebec. British Columbia has three teams participating—the Athletics, Bus Drivers and Rockies.