"Sports is one of the few professions where you reach your goal at a very young age ...Most guys reach their goals between their 40s and 50s. Maintaining a balance in your life can be a very tough thing. The game can become all-encompassing, day and night. It wakes you up in the middle of the night. It does me and I'm not even playing."Votto is the third major-leaguer in two months to need time off for mental health issues, along with St. Louis infielder Khalil Greene and Detroit Tigers left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis.
There is no timetable for the 26-year-old Votto's return. What Baker said does call to mind a good piece of advice that should be related to people at that stage of their life: Whatever is stressing you out, please keep in mind that 75% of your life is still ahead of you. It's way too early in the game to worry.