Re: Who will have the better career...Votto or Bruce?
Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
Votto has an exceptional work ethic and he has always been a student of hitting. He has talked about maintaining focus better this year on an at-bat by at-bat basis. He clearly wants to excel (and prove people wrong -- he felt he was kept in the minors too long) and demands improvements from himself. Not a knock on Bruce, but he impresses more as a guy who plays by instinct. He has been slow to make adjustments -- the swing is still pretty long at times, and he has talked more than once, even this year, about "doing what got me here." It's important to have confidence, as he does, but it's also important to keep learning.
Bruce may have more natural talent (Votto has plenty), but eventually that fades, and the guy who is the exceptional worker and student will have more staying power. Just my opinion.
Wasn't Votto's age 22 season the year he "figured it out" at AA and really exceled? If so, I would imagine that Bruce could have something like that in his future, too. Unlike most players, he just didn't hit his wall until the major leagues. Sometimes it takes finding out that you still have something to learn before you become a true student of the game.
"Iíll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. Thatís just how I do things.Ē -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013