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Joey Votto homered, then gave his bat and jersey to a six-year-old cancer patient

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Joey Votto has made headlines in the past for having playful run-ins with fans, shouting down hecklers and the like. But yesterday he did something that was purely heartwarming.

Walter Herbert is six. Last week, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got to meet Votto. Herbert has continued going to Great American Ballpark and was at the Reds game yesterday, sitting just over the partition from the Reds dugout.

Late in the game Joey Votto hit a homer. When he came back to the dugout he gave Herbert a high-five. And then he gave them a bunch more stuff:

 

If you talk to Reds fans, you learn quickly just how much they love Joey Votto. They don’t love him just for his MVP play.

Good goin’, Joey.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.