Originally Posted by Ironman92
The media has zero to do with my issues. Offensively, even though he doesn't attack enough for my liking and whiffs too much is still a top 7 player offensively and that's more than ample.....him having so many lapses without focus are perplexing to me. He is the worst base running superstar I've ever seen and just just a bad base runner in general. On defense there have been double the head scratchers than I expected.
On the base running part what maybe gets me the most is that Speier and Berry are poor at 3rd base coach, Bruce, Meso, Phillips, Heisey, Cozart, Choo, Paul and Frazier have had too many WTH moments and as a team they are awful on the bases.....this is where you expect your best player to step up and be a good base runner but he is the worst of them all.
I think you're being too harsh on Votto's baserunning. Fangraphs' Ultimate Base Running stat (see the explanation here
) actually has him as the best base runner among major league first basemen, and has him at third best on the Reds.
His fielding, meanwhile, has seemingly taken a step back this year, but I'd be careful not too much too much stock on a few highly visible errors. UZR still thinks he's above average as a defender, and while I recognize there are problems with UZR, there's at least cause for optimism regarding Votto's fielding.