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JV: I'm sure that's what Reds fans are saying to themselves right now: Oooh. With an option, too. Can you believe that? What the heck is going on with the world?
DP: You're having another MVP-type season. Should you be getting more attention?
JV: I'm perfectly happy with the attention I'm getting. I really enjoy not being distracted with a lot of miscellaneous stuff. We played a Sunday-night game. They can be a distraction—a later start, extra media requests. It's good for baseball, [but] it doesn't really mesh with my personality.
DP: What's with all the no-hitters? Is it becoming a pitcher's game?
JV: That's probably about where it should be. Everybody who followed baseball growing up [knows] good pitching beats good hitting. That's how it's always been, and it's back to where it is.
DP: Is it good for baseball that we don't have watered-down home run numbers?
JV: No question.
DP: Were there times when you saw a second baseman hit an opposite-field home run and said, This is ridiculous?
JV: I was wondering that the other day whether [my teammate] Brandon Phillips was on steroids. [Laughs] He hit an opposite field home run, and he's a second baseman.
DP: How many times are you tested for performance-enhancing drugs?