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    Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Thought this was an "interesting" read.

    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/...&vkey=news_cin

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    This is what I have been saying all along.

    The trend is for him to continue going downward in terms of power numbers....

    He has evolved/devolved... from a traditional force (incredibly awesome--one of the best players in MLB) to a Choo-like ballplayer (with even LESS xbh/pa stats)... and I think he will continue this trend, to be honest.

    Votto's XBH% has gone down from 10-12% to about 7.5% (or less than league average)
    Choo's XBH% (outside of 2011 at 6.2%) has pretty much stayed at the 8.8% range.

    Those that thought paying Choo 20 Million dollars for what he brought to the table is not worth it-- If the trend holds (and the article sounds like Votto himself is accepting the trend as holding) Then--essentially we do have Shin Soo Choo locked up at 20 Mil until 2020.

    A SCARY THOUGHT--IS COMPARING CHOO TO VOTTO TO MATTINGLY.
    Years/Full Season Choo XBH% Votto XBH% Mattingly XBH%
    1 9.3 10.0 10.4
    2 8.5 11.8 11.8
    3 6.2 11.6 11.6
    4 8.9 10.0 11.1
    5 8.0 12.2 8.5
    6 9.1 (2014) 7.9 9.0
    7 -- 7.4 (2014) 4.9
    8 -- -- 6.8
    9 -- -- 7.9
    10 -- -- 7.7
    11 -- -- 6.2
    12 -- -- 8.1


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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    The biggest problem I have with what Votto is saying is that he's acting like he is 40 years old now and has had knee replacement surgery. The guy should be in the heart of his prime.

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    i love that Votto is now in the 2 hole, should have been done a year ago. He just isnt a 3 hole hitter

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    There is a big difference in Mattingly and Votto. Namely, Mattingly had very severe back problems starting in 1990 and never was the same again. Votto had a knee surgery and is just now fully recovered.

    Votto has played just about a 7th of the season and is tracking for 21 doubles and 28 homers - with a .430+ OBP and .490+ SP. The Reds biggest offensive problem, which Joey is constantly blamed for, is that the team doesn't have a big slugger. Bruce is too inconsistent, the rest just middling. He is a great pure, disciplined hitter but Joey is not a slugger. His best fit, with this offensive team, is hitting second. Offset Billy's lower OBP yet take advantage of his speed when he does get on by making a run possible (or getting Billy to third) from the first two guys. It sets up whoever bats 3rd, 4th and 5th beautifully.

    Now if the question is "does the high OBP and good BA year after year with solid, but not great slugging numbers, make him worth $20 million?" then there is an argument with two sides. I think he's worth every penny.
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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Don't sell yourself short Joey!

    I think he's just being honest about the situation given his recovery from injuries and the impact that can have on hitting mechanics. But, personally, I believe he can return to the occasional 30+ homer type of season. He hits the ball so solidly so it stands to reason that he'll get his good share of homers. If he doesn't and simply settles into a contact/gap/medium power type of hitter, then so be it. Just don't try to force the issue with aiming to be something you're not.

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    Jake-- I will agree with you about Mattingly's injury. His back problems SEVERELY crippled his baseball abilities. To watch Mattingly go from the numbers he had in the mid-1980's to the slap hitter he was in the 1990's was one of the saddest/strangest episodes to watch as a fan. (***Disclaimer I had a Mattingly poster over my bed as a kid!***)

    When I read Votto's quote
    People didn't expect me to have less power than when I was in my middle-20s,after a couple of knee surgeries and some aging? Pay attention to the trends, man. It drives me crazy. How could you not expect players to make changes as their career goes along? I'm not the same guy I was five years ago, and I'm not the same guy now that I'll be in five years
    A couple of things caught me--causing some concern.
    1. Votto is 30 years old and he is signed for at the minimum NINE more years. And the way I read it, he is saying, I am not the stud I was in 2010, and I won't ever be that player again.... and I will continue to decline... but if I can get on base and help the guys out... then that is what my role will be. He pretty much admits it in this quote:

    "[The decline in power] doesn't mean I can't still be at my peak and do other things that provide value for the team," Votto said. "I think people just wanted me to be a traditional 35-homer, 100-RBI guy.

    My cause for concern of Votto--is the great possibility of getting at the very best--a Shin Soo Choo player for the next few years.

    Why is this irritating/frustrating? Because I believe Jocketty and Castallini outlined the Reds organization model assuming Votto would be a Cabrera/Ortiz/Pujols force and NOT Shin Soo Choo on base machine. You can build an organization and a franchise around Pujols/Ortiz/Cabrera... not around Shin Soo Choo.

    Then... my fear that Votto = Mattingly is from these quotes.

    Good hitters stay around, weak hitters don't. Most players are declining by age 30; all players are declining by age 33. There are difference in rates of decline, but those differences are far less significant for the assessment of future value than are the differing levels of ability, wrote Bill James (James, 1982, p. 205).
    And from the same article :
    Hitters peak in batting and slugging average at 28 while continuing to improve in their home-run hitting and walking abilities until 30 and 32, respectively.
    2. Votto's knee injuries, in 2012, are relatively minor injuries in the 21st century sports world. Especially in comparison to other elite athletes such as Adrian Peterson, Robert Griffin III, and so on. Votto had a torn meniscus and floating cartilage.

    Votto's two knee surgeries were part of the same injury in 2012.

    Votto originally hurt the knee on June 29 while sliding into third base in San Francisco, tearing the medial meniscus in his left knee. He left the lineup on July 16 and had the original arthroscopic surgery a day later
    "He was having some pain and we sent him back to get a new MRI and get re-examined," Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard said prior to Saturday's game at Wrigley Field. "They found basically a little chunk of cartilage floating in his knee, so [Dr. Kremchek] went in and removed it. The whole procedure only took about six minutes, so he's going to stay back in Cincinnati with the physical therapists until we get back home."
    I, for the life of me, don't understand what is taking/took Votto so long to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. The way the article reads, you would think that Votto had two reconstructive surgery on his knees--when in reality--he had two minimally evasive surgeries to clean out his knee.

    For the common person, running and squats and such are put on hold for arthroscopic surgery, but a professional athlete is privy to 24 hour trainers, nutritionists, gadgets, and most importantly drugs to help speed up the healing process.

    MY CONCERN
    If Votto feels this way NOW, and his XBH% has fallen to what it is--WHAT happens when other pieces start breaking down in the next few years?

    I am not talking catastrophic injuries--(and I know he is tough--hell anyone that can play in 150+ games in a season--let alone all of them--I admire)--but just the basic injuries from year to year.
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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    If he is not the same guy, can the Reds get out of Votto's contract because the real Votto has not shown up yet?

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA View Post
    If he is not the same guy, can the Reds get out of Votto's contract because the real Votto has not shown up yet?
    I thought the same thing,RBA--but was afraid I would be viewed as too cynical!

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    You can't judge any of Joey's power numbers post injury. It's too soon, he could return to 2010 form.

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Even if he never returns to his MVP form, he was still 8th in MLB in OPS last year. That is pretty freaking good. I really don't see what the problem with Votto is.

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    No one can deny that Votto is a phenomenal player. But I think deep down, management is concerned about what they've invested in. Every team needs that go-to, middle of the order homerun hitter. Bruce on paper has the potential to be that, but his streakiness makes him more of a 5-hole hitter in my opinion. I don't exactly see anyone in the minors fitting that prototype either.

    Financially speaking, it's tough to tell what kind of implications this will have on the team in 5 years. There's been all this talk about a huge TV deal really supplying a great deal of payroll flexibility to management. I think that's why we've seen Jocketty and Castellini backload so many of these recent contracts.

    I remember when Griffey re-negotiated his contract to help the team sign free agents. A very classy and helpful move, but I believe we signed the legendary Eric Milton with that extra money. Maybe when Votto is hitting .305, 15HR, 65RBI's in a few years he would do the same?

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Quote Originally Posted by jordan_tm View Post
    Every team needs that go-to, middle of the order homerun hitter.
    Really? Votto would have tied for the team lead in homers for the Cardinals last year, they seemed to have a pretty good offense.

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    Re: Votto - "I'm not the same guy I was 5 years ago"

    Quote Originally Posted by SlimJim11 View Post
    Really? Votto would have tied for the team lead in homers for the Cardinals last year, they seemed to have a pretty good offense.
    True--Votto would have been tied with them in hitting homeruns, but those are not the only types of extra base hits. Albeit a down year in the National League for Home Runs for a variety of circumstances (mid-season trades, PED suspensions, injuries, and/or just not the same talent level as the AL) But-- while home runs were down in the NL. Doubles throughout the major leagues (amongst leaders)--pretty much stayed the same.

    And while Votto was down the list in home runs in MLB, but still on the front page of the leader board. Votto's double count was 30-which pushed him to 58th in the major leagues. 58th. Yes. 58th. Is that what you want from a power hitter?????

    In comparison to XBH%... amongst the Cardinals of 2013 alone...
    Joey Votto 7.9% Xtra Base Hits/ PA (30 2B/ 3 3B/ 24 HR) --162 games

    Yadier Molina--10.9% (44 2B/0 3B/ 12HR) -- 136 games
    Matt Carpenter--10.2% (55 2B/ 7 3B / 11 HR)-- 157 games
    Carlos Beltran--9.5% (30 2B / 3 3B / 24 HR) -- in 145 games
    Matt Holiday--9.0% (31 2B/ 1 3B / 22 HR) -- in 141 games
    Daniel Descalso --8.7% (25 2B/ 1 3B / 5 HR) -- 123 games

    Again--his power is down--or was in 2013-- I can take Votto hitting 20-25 home runs a year(because I guess he is not a 35 home run hitter)--but then he better get me 40-50 doubles per year.

    Or else... once again... Votto = Shin Soo Choo (A nice table setter--but not a thumper in the middle of the line-up)

    Oh... Shin Soo Choo 9.1% (34 2B/ 2 3B/ 21 HR) --154 games
    Last edited by Don Votto; 04-25-2014 at 01:34 PM.


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