C. Trent Rosecrans has written a fantastic article about Joey Votto, including a long interview with the Reds’ first baseman. It covers a wide range of topics, but the focus is on Votto’s polarizing 2013 season, his desire to do a series of recent appearances on the Lance McAlister radio show, his concerns — and finding them misplaced — about a loss of privacy that comes with fame …
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Over time, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve realized those things are few and far between, that those are isolated circumstances and my life can be completely normal. I wanted to open up because I do like to talk baseball. I love talking baseball. I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an interesting subject, I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m familiar with. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something I can constantly learn about, I do like talking with the fans and I do like talking with everyman. I really enjoy it. I look forward to the half-hour or the hour because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ball talk and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m connecting to the fans. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s totally my sweet spot. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s effortless.Ã¢â‚¬Â
… and becoming the face of certain advanced baseball metrics, like wRC+.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the future Ã¢â‚¬â€œ no one can deny that. The same thing with a lot of the new things that are being legalized and things that are being changed in the constitution, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not changing,Ã¢â‚¬Â Votto said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coming, accept it. There are people who pushed back in the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢70s and people who pushed back in the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢30s, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s human nature. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to push back on something one day and guess what, the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to fly by me. In a smaller way, this is making the game better and more efficient.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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