Originally Posted by Lewdog
Ted Williams had power and drove in runs, he won a triple crown. Sooo...he isn't even relevant to this conversation.
Of course he is. Ted Williams is absolutely famous for refusing to swing at a ball. Votto has based his hitting philosophy around Ted's book, and has said so many times in interviews.
"A good hitter can hit a pitch in a good spot three times better than a great hitter can hit a ball in a questionable spot.
The point is that the school of thought you are expressing is just one way to look at it, and many great baseball minds, including Ted, would strongly disagree with you.
The ONLY area where the Reds offense has really excelled this year is in Votto & Choo's OBP, and yet the Reds are 3rd in the NL in scoring. The reason why the offense has been as good as it has been this year is BECAUSE Choo & Votto get on base at a great clip, not in spite of it.