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Votto third in NL MVP voting, Harper unanimous pick

Joey Votto (FOX19 NOW/file) Joey Votto (FOX19 NOW/file)

Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Reds' first baseman Joey Votto finished third in the National League MVP voting.

Votto was among the final three contenders with Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Harper won by an unanimous vote in the National League.

Votto, 32, who made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007, is a four-time MLB All-Star and won the National League MVP Award in 2010.

In September, MLB suspended him for two games with an option to appeal after he was ejected for the third time in the 2015 season, coincidentally all three times against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2015, Votto hit .314, with a .459 OBP, 29 home runs and 80 RBIs. 

On Oct. 2, he tied a Reds record set by Pete Rose in 1978 when he got on base for his 48th straight game.

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