Originally Posted by kaldaniels
Do you have any perspective on how special of a "pure hitter" (whatever that means) Votto is Rick? I mean there have been more productive guys in the last 25 years, but there are few that I would rather watch hit than Joey. Am I totally biased or is he really incredible?
I don't know what metric you'd want to look at.
From a contact standpoint, he's got a fair bit of swing and miss in his game, unlike Joe Mauer, Tony Gwynn, George Brett, Rod Carew, etc.
If you're looking for line drives, be prepared to talk about Votto as elite just like Mark McLemore, Michael Young and Mark Loretta.
From a power standpoint, there's obviously a long list of guys ahead of him.
The reality is that he's a very, very good hitter, but not really historically "special" -- at least not until he starts adding some more longevity and sustained power. His best comps among other recent major leaguers include Manny Ramirez, Ryan Braun, David Wright and Miguel Cabrera, who (insanely enough) is only 5 months older than Votto.