Originally Posted by Alpha Zero
I really hope this was a sarcastic comment. I'll take a guy who hits .307/.433/.497 (.931 OPS) with ~25HRs hitting third for my team any day of the week, RBIs be damned.
That wasn't the point. Pete set the record as a lead off or hitting second a great deal of the time. Generally you want your third hitter in the line up to have more pop and be able to move the runners into scoring position. Many times this year color commentators and others have commented that with a guy on second and no outs, Votto will walk instead of swinging away and moving the runner to third so he could be driven in with a sac fly. Not only does he not move the runner over by walking, but because he isn't the fastest guy, he then sets up the double play or force play at third. I can't tell you how many times that's happened and it ends up with a guy on third with two outs and the Reds end up not scoring. It's basic baseball. Votto needs to take the sword and move the runner over instead of walking so much.