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    5 exciting things about the Reds

    I know there are holes and question marks, but how's this for pure excitement:

    1. Fastest pitcher in the history of the game.

    2. Fastest runner in the history of the game.

    3. Pitcher who has thrown two no-hitters already.

    4. Three No. 1 starters.

    5. MVP-caliber first baseman.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    I also feel excited about 1-4 of your list. #5 not as much...votto doesn't seem very exciting to me right now. His apprehension at the plate and on defense doesn't seem very mvpish. Hope he rights the ship.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    I know there are holes and question marks, but how's this for pure excitement:

    1. Fastest pitcher in the history of the game.

    2. Fastest runner in the history of the game.

    3. Pitcher who has thrown two no-hitters already.

    4. Three No. 1 starters.

    5. MVP-caliber first baseman.
    There is indeed quite a bit to be excited about with this year's team, but we really need to pray for is perfection. There are a lot of question marks and not a lot of positional depth.

    Big seasons are going to needed from the entire rotation, Bruce and Votto with some help from Billy, Ludwick, Mez, Cozart and Frazier. Avoid too many injuries and they might be able to do something special this season.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by faffy42 View Post
    I also feel excited about 1-4 of your list. #5 not as much...votto doesn't seem very exciting to me right now. His apprehension at the plate and on defense doesn't seem very mvpish. Hope he rights the ship.
    Do you realize he was second in the National League in wRC+ last year, the most important performance metric in baseball? His ship doesn't need to be righted, his ship his sailing straight and true at a very high speed.

    Votto has rated 155 or higher in wRC+ every year since 2009. His 178 in 2012 was actually higher than the 172 from his MVP year of 2010. His career wRC+ of 156 is the highest in the history of the Reds franchise, better than Morgan, Bench, Rose, Perez, Robinson, Davis, Larkin, Foster, Kluszewski, Roush, Dunn, Griffey and all the rest.

    Joey Votto is by far the best Reds player you are ever likely to see in your lifetime. Be excited!

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Just once, I'd like to see Votto run full speed to first on a walk and barrel down the first baseman, starting a brawl, and forcing a series of ESPN segments about how he has singlehandedly resurrected the grit and passion in MLB.
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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by faffy42 View Post
    I also feel excited about 1-4 of your list. #5 not as much...votto doesn't seem very exciting to me right now. His apprehension at the plate and on defense doesn't seem very mvpish. Hope he rights the ship.
    Quote Originally Posted by junkhead View Post
    Here's a look at where Votto's numbers rank in Reds history.

    AVG: .314(5th)
    OBP: .419(1st)
    SLG: .541(2nd)
    wOBA: .411(1st)
    wRC+: 156(1st)

    BB%: 14.9%(4th)
    Simply speaking, Votto is the best hitter in Reds history.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by junkhead View Post
    Simply speaking, Votto is the best hitter in Reds history.
    I think he can be, but he has about 10 more years of playing until he can be called that. Those numbers can decrease.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Signs I am drinking the Hamilton kool-aid early in spring...disappointed when I tuned into the spring game yesterday that he wasn't in the line-up.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by faffy42 View Post
    votto doesn't seem very exciting to me right now.
    that´s your fault, not vottos

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    I don't understand how anyone can be disappointed with Votto. Seriously.
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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by Degenerate39 View Post
    I don't understand how anyone can be disappointed with Votto. Seriously.
    What about Votto being disappointed with Votto? http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/201...y-defensively/
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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Good list BCubb. It wasn't so long ago Reds fans had basically nothing to look forward to. This is a good team. How good is the thing we don't know yet. I'm optimistic they can be in the race all year and be at least a wild card again.
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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by dabvu2498 View Post
    What about Votto being disappointed with Votto? http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/201...y-defensively/
    A lot of people seem to be hyper-sensitive to any criticism of Votto. He knows he didn't play to his full capabilities last year and so do a lot of others who watched. I like it that he knows it and has prepared himself to take it back to the level he expects of himself. The knee should be fully healed and I fully expect a great season from the Reds first sacker.
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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by faffy42 View Post
    His apprehension at the plate.
    ...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.

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    Re: 5 exciting things about the Reds

    Quote Originally Posted by RANDY IN INDY View Post
    A lot of people seem to be hyper-sensitive to any criticism of Votto. He knows he didn't play to his full capabilities last year and so do a lot of others who watched. I like it that he knows it and has prepared himself to take it back to the level he expects of himself. The knee should be fully healed and I fully expect a great season from the Reds first sacker.
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