With a left-handed swing that appears built upon harmonic convergences of contact, power, ability to spray baseballs to all fields along with an uncanny knack for picking strikes from balls, Joey Votto is doing things with a bat that are fast becoming difficult to describe without hyperbolic meltdown.
The Reds’ first baseman was busy again Monday, not only hitting his 24th home run of the season -- most of his 11-year career before an All-Star Game -- to tie the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger for the National League lead, but adding to the solo shot with a sacrifice fly. He has 62 RBI now, and a whopping .427 on-base percentage.
To say people are noticing is like suggesting that astronauts fly kinda high.
Twitter practically exploded Monday with Votto-isms, like this one @SNstats about the Toronto native:
Speaking of 1,500 career hits, Votto, drafted in the second round by the Reds in 2002 before joining the MLB club in 2007, stands remarkably well within the Reds’ organization as well, as pointed out here
There was also this one @RedsTrump, whatever that might be:
One day after being named to his fifth All-Star Game, the 2010 NL MVP fetched this from the Great White North @CDNBaseballHOF:
Check out this Tweet @ckamka, which notes remarkable Karma over the past season's worth of MLB games played by No. 19:
Surely, this was something of a twisted compliment from the Colorado folks, but before last night's game was even completed there came this @rockies_daily:
All of this reminds of the recent discovery of a local sports, Steve Colyer, who doubles as an assistant baseball coach at Western Hills High, producer of one Pete Rose. Check out one of his latest works, @StevieC2324:
Maybe it’s no wonder; who knows better when to swing and when not to swing? Duh! Joey Votto, that’s who! With 56 walks and just 39 strikeouts to date (a great number, followed by an other-worldly digit for a slugger), he’s not fishing for any stinking 3-0 pitches.
Oh wait! As noted @shonkerr by ShaunInCo:
Oh, nevermind. As seen in this item last night/earlier this morning in the Dayton Daily News, so many people have the Reds' first basemen in their lenses. Cubs pitcher Jake Arietta sees what's happening.
Really, there are no mo’ words applicable to Votto.