Joey Votto To Be Cincinnati Reds' First Baseman for a Long Time

Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIMarch 1, 2010

Contrary to what many people believe, Joey Votto is going to remain the Cincinnati Reds first baseman for a long time.

Some think that once Yonder Alonso is ready for the big leagues, he will play first and send Joey Votto to left field.

That is, of course, if you believe GM Walt Jocketty . Alonso has been working out at third base and the corner outfield spots in spring training.

MLB reporter Mark Sheldon quotes Jocketty as saying, "It will take some time to figure it out," he said. "That's why we want to see him at different positions. He's got a great bat and Joey is going to be at first base for a long time. I don't see moving Joey."

If Alonso rises anywhere near the expectations placed on him, he would certainly make a good placement at left field.

The Reds are still sifting through Johnny Gomes, Laynce Nix and Chris Dickerson for the left field spot. Gomes has the power, yet he nor Nix have the defensive abilities of Dickerson.

"It doesn't matter where I play as long as I play," Alonso said. "As long as I get a shot and prove to the guys I can play there. In my head, I know I can play. I just want to get my shot.

"I'm doing everything, and they're trying everything, so I can go up there."

So now that is one rumor that can be put to bed. Votto will not be the one moving when the time comes.

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