Friday, November 15, 2013

Ranking the 30 MLB teams on my watch - Cincinnati Reds #14 of 30

Is Joey Votto is the most overrated player in baseball [?] - all the numbers guys think poor Votto is unfairly persecuted in Cincinnati because he is just infinitely better at the plate than anyone else on the roster, posting some nifty on-base percentages over the course of his career.

All the perceived digs from presumably the old school way of baseball thinking wouldn't mean a thing if votto was hitting 40 home runs and driving in 130 runs a year - I don't see a problem with Votto's somewhat passive approach at the plate, but for the contract he is being paid as franchise player, he might not be a guy capable of carrying a team on his back when he is content to take a walk.

Maybe he can't do it in a practical sense and/or his body maybe breaking down - but a little aggressiveness and swing for the fences mentality probably wouldn't hurt Votto's production, even if his on-base percentage slips just a little.

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