After yesterday’s spectacular day at the plate, I feel it is time we take a moment to admire how great he is…
If you combine his last two seasons, which equates to one full season, this is what you get 7.9 WAR, which would be the 12th best season ever by a Reds position players.
Assuming he continues to play this well, these would be his end-of-year numbers:
211 hits, 38 2B, 4 3B, 23 HR, 121 R, 75 RBI, 139 BB, .346/.473/.531
His current OBP of .473 would be the second best ever by a Red. Second to, his own .474 last year.
He is currently on pace for 8.7 WAR. That would be the best year by a Red since George Foster in 1977 (the year he hit 52 homers).
Joey Votto is currently on pace to reach base 350 times. Here are the last names of the other modern players to do that: Ruth, Williams, Bonds.
Yes, that’s all.
OPS+ is a fancy catch-all stat that’s basically OPS, but adjusted for park and era. Among players with 3000 plate appearances Joey Votto slots in between Willie Mays and Hank Aaron.
Joey Votto isn’t good. He’s great. Maybe all-time great. A few more years will tell which.