GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Youth dominates the Cincinnati Reds’ roster this spring. Maybe that’s helping rekindle Joey Votto’s intensity and competitive edge.

“Last year, I felt like I was on the border of being burned out,” the first baseman said. “I didn’t feel like that this offseason.”

The Reds went 68-94 last year, tied with San Diego for the worst record in the National League.

The 33-year-old Votto is starting his 10th full season in the majors after hitting .326 with 29 home runs, 97 RBIs and an NL-leading .434 on-base average.

Cincinnati was in its seventh straight losing season when Votto was called up in September 2007. The team broke through in 2010, with Votto winning the NL MVP award and the Reds taking the Central title.

The Reds posted three 90-win seasons in four years, including two division titles.

Since then, they have traded Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce and others. Just before training camp opened, star second baseman Brandon Phillips was dealt.

Votto remains behind and after signing a 10-year contract in 2012, he is going through a second rebuilding cycle.

“It’s been a big transition,” Votto said. “It has happened slowly. Brandon being traded was the final step.”

The Reds lost the NL wild-card game to the Pirates in 2013. They were at least 10 games under .500 the last three seasons.

“I enjoy the time I have with these guys,” Votto said. “I’m excited about this next group. I like to see guys find themselves. I’ve enjoyed watching Billy (Hamilton), (Scott) Schebler and (Adam) Duvall improve and be All-Stars.”
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