Re: Votto on hitting with Buster Olney
The lack of IFFB is definitely interesting. But when you peruse the list of guys with the fewest, it's a total mishmash of styles.
Keeping in mind that they only have data going back a few years, #2 on the list of fewest is Ryan Howard, followed by Julio Franco, Howie Kendrick, Joe Mauer, Austin Jackson and Derek Jeter. You've got a few contact/gap hitters and a few swing from the heels types, guys who hit flyballs and guys who hit grounders, guys who walk and guys who don't. There doesn't seem to be any particular rhyme or reason.
Not much further down the list are Bobby Abreu, Josh Hamilton, Jack Cust, Felipe Lopez and Michael Young.
I guess there are a lot of approaches that can lead guys to putting the bat squarely on the ball.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.