On Friday, April 19 in Cincinnati the Hall of Fame presented Joey Votto with his 2012 James Tip O’Neill award for his outstanding season. On the road trip that included stops in Cleveland to visit Ryan Dempster (who plays for visiting Red Sox) and Pittsburgh to meet Russell Martin (who hit a HR that night) were Board Members John Starzynski and Phil Parkinson, Director of Operations Scott Crawford and Hall of Fame Volunteer Paul Podsadecki.
The Tip O’Neill Award is presented annually by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.
Past winners of the James “Tip” O’Neill Award:
2001-Corey Koskie (tie)
2002-Eric Gagne (tie)
2011-John Axford (tie)
2011-Joey Votto (tie)