Re: Is Joey Votto a shoe-in hall of fame candidate?
Originally Posted by Brittingham.Sam
As of right now i don't think so. For the sake of my argument i am going to compare him to jim rice.
Rice through his age 28 season stats: 233hr, 731rbi, 1252 hits
Since votto's birthday is in september and he has yet to play in his age 28 season im going to add his Fan graphs projected stats for this upcoming season to his totals.
Votto through his age 28 season: 160 hr, 554 rbi, 1002 hits (since fan graphs doesn't give a projection for hits i gave him 180 for next season which is about career average or him).
They had both won an mvp by this point in their careers and Rice had finished in the top 5 in mvp voting 4 times compare to votto's 1 time. At the same point in their careers Rice was a 4 time all star compared to votto's 3 times.
Rice was on the ballot for 15 years before finally getting voted in. Therefore, as of right now votto is nowhere close to being a shoe in for the hall and he might be more on track to hope for a call from the veterans committee if anything. Naturally this could all change and Votto could win the next three MVP's and the reds the next three world series which would definitely make him a first ballot hall of famer. But as of right now, i don't see it.
The question was if Joey maintains his current production for ten more years. Rice is an ok comparison offensively, but he retired at 36 and was basically done after he turned 34. Joey blows him away in BBs, OBP and OPS. Rice never won a Gold Glove either, while Joey is arguably the best defensive first baseman in the league.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN