Joey Votto Popped Up to the First Baseman Last Night … FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER

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Joey Votto Popped Up to the First Baseman Last Night … FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER

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With all due respect to – insert any star offensive player in this era – Joey Votto might actually be the best hitter of this generation. Over 6,829 plate appearances from 2007 to 2019, Votto has slashed .310/.426/.528 (155 wRC+), with 270 homers and a 16.3% walk rate that nearly matches his 17.6% strikeout rate.

But despite all of those excellent and obviously impressive numbers, the one key offensive statistic that may stick out the most is his absolutely minuscule 1.1% infield fly ball rate. As a matter of fact, his 1.1 IFFB% leads all of MLB history for batters with more than 6,500 plate appearances. He’s #1. That’s it.

MLB IFFB% Leaderboard:

  1. Joey Votto: 1.1%
  2. Ryan Howard: 1.6%
  3. Joe Mauer: 2.1%
  4. Derek Jeter: 2.7%
  5. Bobby Abreu: 3.0%

But I can take this a step further than that.

We already know Votto rarely ever pops up on the infield, but last night it did happen – with a very notable caveat: In the eighth inning of the Reds 2-3 loss at Dodger Stadium, Votto popped up to the first baseman … FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS ENTIRE, EXTREMELY-LONG CAREER:

Yes. It took him nearly 7,000 plate appearances to pop-up to the first baseman. Can you conceptualize how utterly absurd that is? Maybe this will help: According to MLB.com: No other active player with at least 50 total popups has avoided hitting any of them to first base. I mean, dude.

Here’s a look at his pop-up map:

I’m not sure how much longer Joey Votto will be playing this game, but he’s clearly one of the greatest hitters of his decade+.


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Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is the butler to a wealthy werewolf off the coast of Wales and a writer at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami