Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/19/13
This is a strange post. It has nothing to do with the Mets directly or indirectly, but it does go to the heart of what we talk about a lot regarding the Mets’ hitting approach. Let me start by sharing something Reds GM Walt Jocketty said regarding perennial MVP Joey Votto, who he believes walks too much. Dennis Janson of WCPO Cincinnati asked Jocketty if the new Reds manager is up to the task of “disabusing” Votto of the notion that a base on balls is as beneficial as a run scoring sacrifice fly. The Reds general manager gave him an emphatic “Yes” and also added “That is something many more of us in the organization will also try to convey.” Wow… That’s insane… David Schoenfeld of ESPN took issue with Jocketty’s assertion and dug up this nugget on the 2013 Walks Leader: As for Votto being too passive at the plate, that’s utter nonsense. FanGraphs tracks a stat called Z-Swing% — the percentage of pitches in the strike zone that a batter swings at. Votto swung at 67.0 percent of such p
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