Joey Votto: “Man, I think I’m a bad mother [expletive]-er.”

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First baseman Joey Votto was a big contributor to the Reds’ 5-4 victory on Friday night against the Cardinals, hitting two two-run home runs. He’s 7-for-17 with three home runs and eight RBI to begin the season, a very good sign for the Reds after Votto posted the worst numbers of his career in the first half of the 2014 season before landing on the disabled list with a distal quad strain.

Votto was realistic about his hot start when speaking to the media after the game. Per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Votto said, “It’s early in the season. Things will level off at some point.” Rosecrans added that Votto made a joke, labeling himself “something we can’t print.”

We can print most of it, at least. Votto said:

“Man, I think I’m a bad mother [expletive]-er. Are you crazy? Come on now.”

Votto put his serious cap back on and continued. “I didn’t have a great spring,” he said. “But I felt good. I thought physically I was in good place, which is what I usually point to for long-term success in the season. Again, it’s really early in the season. I’m just trying to play every day, every pitch and compete and try to keep up with my teammates.”

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.