And thanks a lot for having to make me post that. I was at 1,111 posts, and screwed that up for this post.
Going into Monday night's game Votto had a BABIP of .227. He went 3 for 3 which raised his BABIP to .261. If you look at minorleaguesplits.com right now they DO NOT include the stats from 5/7.
Since he's only 23, shouldn't you just let him play the whole year at AAA and then see at the end of the year what he came up with for numbers?
If he reaches the Majors when he's 25, that's fine,...if it's at 24, that's even better. Conine and Hatteberg have been great and can certainly hold down the 1st base position for at least this year.
Rob Neyer: "Any writer who says he'd be a better manager than the worst manager is either 1) lying (i.e. 'using poetic license') or 2) patently delusional. Which isn't to say managers don't do stupid things that you or I wouldn't."
Looking at Votto's April vs. May is very encouraging. April: .192/.347/.346/.693. May (admittedly a small sample as yet): .318/.464/.455/.919. Maybe even more impressive is this: April 78 AB, 23 K's; May 22AB, 2K's. Again small sample but it looks like real progress. If Joey Votto strikes out 1 in 11 times to the plate and maintains his ability to get walks, we have really got something.
Looks like those line drives are starting to turn into hits. Does he look at all like EE at the plate bu with better average? EE seems to hit alt of line drives. Just get EE to the outfield and Votto to first and we'll be an improved team. We now need a 3rd baseman. I'm saying we kidnap Miguel Cabrera and brainwash him into thinking that he plays for the Reds.
Votto's OPS for May now .959. This organization's got a lot of worries, but Joey Votto's not one of them.