Go read this excellent piece by Mark Sheldon over at MLB.com, entitled “Votto’s influence seen among Reds, and beyond.”
There are some good quotes from guys like Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Kris Bryant, but the best stuff is when Joey Votto’s teammates start waxing eloquent about what they’ve learned from the sweet-hitting first baseman. For example, here’s what Zack Cozart said:
“Basically everything I’m doing this year, I’ve watched him,” Reds shortstop Zack Cozart said on Wednesday. “That’s what I’m trying to implement into what I do. I’ve said it a thousand times, he’s the best hitter in the game. You could poll people and when they talk about a guy who never gives away at-bats, he would be up at the top with almost everybody, I would think.”
Eugenio Suarez also gives Votto credit for helping him improve as a hitter:
“He helped me a lot. We talked a lot,” Suarez said of Votto. “He told me I have to learn what kind of hitter you are. That helped me a lot. I’ve done a really good job and I feel great.”
There are more quotes from those guys (and others) in Sheldon’s piece, so I encourage you to read the entire thing.
Is it a coincidence that the two Reds players who are having career years at the plate in 2017 both give Votto a measure of credit for their improvement?
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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