Re: Joey Votto on Baseball Tonight
Comparing Votto to Williams is a bit unfair to Votto as Ted Williams is one of the top two or three hitters of all time. However, I think people would be shocked at how close it actually is. In career OPS+, Ted Williams is second only to Babe Ruth. Joey Votto is ranked 22nd all time, and second only to Pujols amongst current players. He's actually tied at 22nd with Mel Ott, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Aaron. Pretty good company if you ask me.
It's also worth noting that Votto's OPS+ is severely hurt based on the park he plays in. In pure OPS, he's actually ranked 15th all time, which is actually better than both Ott and Aaron, and only a hair behind DiMaggio.
One characteristic I'm glad Votto doesn't have in common with Ted Williams is personality. Williams was a pure clubhouse cancer and had a career long feud with his own fan base in Boston. Votto, on the other hand, is beloved in Cincinnati. I hope that difference remains consistent.
Last edited by Vander; 03-18-2013 at 05:41 PM.