Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 47° Partly Cloudy
Sports >  MLB

Joey Votto: Sorry for comments after James Paxton’s no-hitter in Canada

Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, right, is congratulated by Eugenio Suarez after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, right, is congratulated by Eugenio Suarez after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)
Associated Press

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has apologized for saying he doesn’t care about Canadian baseball after being asked about James Paxton’s recent no-hitter.

Votto talked about Paxton’s feat for the Mariners against the Blue Jays in Toronto in a Yahoo Sports podcast. The 2010 NL MVP responded that “As far as Toronto, and Canadian baseball, and the country of Canada, and (Paxton) being Canadian, I don’t care at all.”

The Toronto native said he is “terribly ashamed” of his comments and called them “ridiculously selfish and short-sighted” in an email posted on the Canadian Baseball Network website.

Votto said the question brought back feelings of resentment over not making Team Canada or being drafted by the Blue Jays. Votto played for Canada at the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the sports newsletter

Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.