Baseball has some the most ridiculously absurd stats you can find. A lot of them are pretty damn useless. Especially the ones that are estimations.
This is one of those absurd stats, but in a great way.
I don’t know how this is possible. Especially in an age where guys are trying to get under the ball more than ever. And it’s not like Joey Votto is just a singles hitter. During that same range, Votto is ranked 16th among all MLB players with 213 home runs. If he didn’t miss almost all of 2014, he’d probably be in the top-10. (Adam Jones in 10th in that stretch with 230 home runs.)
This guy is a machine and has to be the most underrated player in all of baseball. I don’t think there’s a way to quantify that (thank God), but when you see a simple — though in a way odd — stat and consider his other numbers — career .312 average, .428 on-base percentage (12th all-time), .962 OPS (16th all-time) — and know full well he never gets any publicity (thanks Cincinnati), it’s hard to think differently.