I spent some time admiring Joey Votto in my latest piece over at Cincinnati Magazine:
Joey Votto is the most underrated hitter in all of baseball.
How’s that for a hot take? Whether it’s actually true or not is a matter of perspective, but since there’s no way to measure “underratedness,” I’m not going to attempt to prove that it’s true. I’m sure you won’t mind just taking my word for it, right?
I do believe that what Votto has been able to accomplish at the plate over the last two seasons has been criminally underappreciated, especially by Reds fans. And that’s a shame, because Votto has been on a roll unlike almost anything this city has ever seen.
Let me be as clear as I possibly can: you need to pay attention to Votto every single day and cherish the things he’s accomplishing as a hitter. Because there’s a very good chance that you’ll never again—for the rest of your life—see another Reds hitter do the things that Votto has been doing over the last couple years.
Please go read the entire thing and let me know what you think. I really don’t believe that most fans properly appreciate that we have the opportunity, every single day, to watch one of the best hitters in Reds history. Maybe the best.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.