Many players love to pick the brain of Reds first baseman Joey Votto , who is generally regarded as perhaps the smartest hitter in the game. On a podcast recently, Votto talked about how he came into this year devoted to the task of cutting down on his strikeouts. Votto had racked up 135 strikeouts in 2015 and 120 in 2016, and in his effort to reduce that this year, Votto decided to cut down on his swing as he got deeper into the count -- choking up a little more after one strike, and even more on two-strike counts. At times, Votto seems to wield his bat like a tennis player at the net, volleying pitches foul just to stay alive.
Amen John Harrington and Andrew. There are much more important things for our Congress to be working on than baseball. We are just wasting our tax dollars here. Why won’t they tackle a much more important issue. For example: healthcare, gas prices, subprime scandal, recession, Iraq and Afganistan Wars, loss of manufacturing jobs, etc… I don’t think steroids in baseball ranks above any that I have mentioned. What is the ROI on this investigation? I would rather know that my kid will have a country to inherit, that still speaks English and not Chinese or Arabic in 15 years.