With Stubbs on base, distracting the pitcher with the threat of stealing, the more likely Votto is to get a pitch to hit. He needs to be sent as often as possible so that threat is constantly in the minds of the opposing pitchers.
Every situation isn't the same. There are times I'd give Drew the green light, but when Joey has 5 hits in his last 6 ABs, no way do you take the bat out of his hands. We're talking about a guy who is possibly on his way to his second MVP season, and you want to let him get an intentional pass? That's crazy.
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
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