Etobicoke, Ontario's Joey Votto has been named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame's Tip O'Neill Award on Friday.

The Cincinnati Reds first baseman becomes the first player to win the award in four consecutive years.

The honour is given to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball's highest ideals.

"Joey Votto is not only a superstar on the field, but he's also an inspiration and a difference-maker away from the ballpark," said Hall of Fame director of operations Scott Crawford. "There was a very strong field of candidates this year, but Joey deserves this honour for his tremendous contributions both on and off the field."

Votto hit over .300 for the fifth straight season and set new Canadian single-season records for walks (135) and times on base (316).

Off the field, Votto recently launched the Joey Votto Foundation to help military veterans and active service members in Cincinnati and Toronto deal with post-traumatic stress disorder. His goal is to offer care to approximately 500 new patients each year.