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Yesterday, Yu Darvish provided a valuable lesson for pitchers and catchers across Major League Baseball.
DO NOT TRY TO OUTSMART JOEY VOTTO.
Darvish froze Votto with a curveball for a called strike, prompting a reaction of ooohs and aaahs from the crowd at Goodyear Ballpark. Darvish then made the mistake of trying to slip another one by Votto. Big mistake.
Joey Votto is one of the smartest hitters I have ever seen. His preparation and focus are unmatched by any players. Anyone teaching young players how to hit should watch video of Votto on an endless loop. Every at-bat has a purpose. Every at-bat is a learning experience. Every at-bat is important and none are wasted.
It was very interesting to see Votto’s reactions after the home run. Immediately after the swing, he dropped the bat and looked to his left. I would guess someone made a snide remark after the first curveball and Votto wanted to see if anyone had remarks after the second.
After crossing the plate, he very briefly gave a “Shhhhh…” gesture to the crowd to ensure them that he had the situation under control the whole time.
The first Spring Training game will get underway this afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. The Reds and Indians start at 3:05 EST. The starting lineup has been posted on the @Reds Twitter page.
Choo 8, Phillips 4, Votto 3, Ludwick 7, Bruce 9, Frazier 5, Cozart 6, Hanigan 2, Olivo DH
Thanks to @MLB for the reminder…
Today was the last Sunday until November without a baseball game.
From Mark Sheldon’s Reds Notebook:
Johnny Cueto says that his oblique feels fine. I certainly hope he decides not to test it in the World Baseball Classic.
Scott Rolen has decided not to rejoin the Reds in camp. He says he isn’t ready to make a commitment but wants to keep his options open. I don’t see Rolen playing for another team. I would like to see him retire. He is not close to the offensive player he once was and has trouble staying healthy. It is the normal aging process for a professional athlete. That is what happens to players that don’t cheat by taking performance enhancing drugs.
The transition plan for Aroldis Chapman remains unknown. Hopefully, this is just a smoke screen to keep the media in the dark. I find it hard to believe that the team has gone through the entire offseason and made no plan on how to transition Chapman into the starting rotation.
Dusty Baker has put last year’s health scare behind him. He has lost weight and has a plan to keep it off. Fans and members of the media may question his lineups and decisions, but the players love Baker. He is a great guy and an excellent manager. That’s good enough for me.
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