99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
Just call me Legs
After reading that story I don't know if there's ever been a player I like as much as Joey.
Yes, yes, yes!Brandon Phillips has been one of my favorite Reds throughout his tenure here in Cincinnati. However, anyone that looks at the situation objectively will see that aside from the 92 RBIs that he has, he is having a horrible season offensively. It's his worst to date on so many levels. A .728 OPS does not make an MVP. No way, no how. If some want to judge his season on the number of RBIs that he has, they need to first acknowledge the fact that he's only driven himself in 15 times (15 HRs) and the other 77 RBI opportunities were created by his teammates setting the table for him by getting on base. Something that Votto does masterfully.
RBI's are contextual- Just look at Joe Carter, for God's sake. Yeah, you put Alomar and Molitor ahead of him and wow, suddenly hitting .250 you are a huge run "producer"!
Tony Perez- okay hitter, lots of OPPORTUNITES.
That is the context- opportunities.
Choo only has 38 RBI's, nobody says anything about that. It's because 1) he leads off which is 25% of his opportunities and 2) he has the 7th, 8th, and 9th hitters ahead of him the rest of the game.
Our two hole has been so bad that Votto is essentially a lead off hitter most of the game after his first at bat.
I will never, ever, ever, ever get blaming the best player on a team...this is like upside-down world for me.
I'm struggling to understand who, in 2013, still thinks that productivity has anything to do with RBIs.
I mean -- we're beyond the point where it's cute not to understand this kind of stuff.
23 Years and Counting...
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Just to point out- Votto is slugging .500 in a DOWN year for the league. With the exception of Cabrera, Trout, Edwin- I mean, who is having a great offensive year?If the dude is going to lead the league in OBP and still slug over .500, I'm gonna have trouble calling it a down year. Do I want him to slug .600?
It's one thing to blame Votto for his offense slipping, but look at the rest of the league- it's down for everyone.
Longoria isn't Longoria. Braun wasn't Braun. Aramis Ramirez has six home runs.
Billy Butler is down.
For this town to compare Votto this year to year's past is not fair.
His OPS+ is precisely that for his career right now. I understand he's only 54% better than the league average than 74% better but complaining about that is like being a Rodney Dangerfield spectator: tough crowd.
“On-base percentage is good. But RBIs are better,” (Dusty) Baker said.
Joey just laid gave one of the most well-articulated, intelligent, and insightful discourses on hitting/approach to an AB that I've ever read. But most of what he said is so far over the head of the Brenneman's and Daugherty's of the world that they will never get it and continue to want every player to be Pete Rose.
Grape works as a soda. Sort of as a gum. I wonder why it doesn't work as a pie. Grape pie? There's no grape pie. - Larry David
He was saying that getting on base is good, but getting runs in is even better. It's not an either/or thing."On-base percentage is good. But RBIs are better," Baker said. "If you can get all of it, that's better yet."
I mean it is for Brennaman, etc. Which shows how their thinking on this issue is extremely shallow.
If every player in the lineup avoids making an out, the final score is Infinity to 0 (or whatever the starting pitcher allowed in the top of the inning). That alone should tell you where OBP ranks in the list of "important things you should do on a baseball diamond."
I feel like this is one of those AT&T commercials with the guy talking to the little kids.
23 Years and Counting...