Joey Votto broke the record for Major League Baseball games played by a Canadian this past week.
The Cincinnati Reds first baseman, who grew up in Toronto, Ont., played his 1,989th game, breaking the mark held by Hall of Famer Larry Walker of Maple Ridge, B.C.
Votto was also mic’d up and in the spotlight (along with acres of Dekalb corn) for MLB’s 2022 Field of Dreams game earlier this month (watch here.) This led to a discussion/debate between Shaun Haney and Kelvin Heppner on RealAg Radio about who’s the greatest-ever Canadian ballplayer.
Baseball, especially on the radio, and farming go hand-in-hand in many families and communities, so we figured we’d have some fun with this week’s poll.
Is Votto the greatest Canadian? Is it Walker? The only other Canadian in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Fergie Jenkins? Melville, Sask.’s own Terry Pugh? Trail, BC’s Justin Morneau? Someone else?