Joe Votto is one of the more cerebral ballplayers in the big leagues. He tends to give thoughtful, instead of cliched, answers to questions. He’s taken a lot of criticism for his patient approach at the plate but he has not given in and changed his approach (or merely talked about changing his approach) simply to stop the criticism. He’s his own guy and, in the conformity-heavy world of Major League Baseball, that makes him unique.
Speaking of unique, check out the between pitches routine he has adopted this spring:
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The way I see it, as long as a guy is getting on base at a .450 clip and slugging over .500, he can do whatever the hell he wants.