From all accounts, it seems that Joey Votto is tearing up AAA baseball. It seems only a matter of time before he comes up. The only question is, where will he play? He has played both 1st base and Left field, and currently we have players in both positions. It seems more likely to me that he will take over at first base,and Hatteberg will become a bench player. However there is a problem with this. Krivsky has signed Hatteberg to a 2-year deal. It could be that Hatteberg believes Krivsky has promised him a starting position, otherwise he may not have made the deal. Joey Votto is a better player than Hatteberg,and there will be a lot of pressure to trade Hatteberg to make room for Votto. Hatteberg could become unhappy very quickly, but it is just one of the results of the Reds' bad play. Established veterans may not find their position safe, especially if their is a talented youngster waiting in the wings. Joey Votto will be given every opportunity to succeed or fail at 1st base at the major-league level.