Originally Posted by New York Red
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.
So you assume Votto will maintain this production for 10 more years? Yeah, if he starts raiding Mark McGwire's medicine cabinet. Ill give you there are parts to Votto's game that are better than Rice's but overall rice had been more productive at that point in his career.
My point was that if it took Rice 15 years of being on the ballot to get voted in and his production was that much more impressive at this point in their careers (which it is. Yes votto draws more walks, has a nicer ops and obp but hadn't collected nearly as many total bases, rbi's or hr's) then votto should probably only get in on the veterans committee.