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.
HowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that for a hot take? Whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s actually true or not is a matter of perspective, but since thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no way to measure Ã¢â‚¬Å“underratedness,Ã¢â‚¬Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going to attempt to prove that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s accomplishing as a hitter. Because thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a very good chance that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll never againÃ¢â‚¬â€for the rest of your lifeÃ¢â‚¬â€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.