Joey Votto – best player on a bad team in the NL?

Joey Votto has been one of the best hitters in baseball for almost a decade but in those ten years, his team has had limited success.  Only three times have they won at least 81 games and most of the time are out of the pennant race by August 19th, just as they are this year.

Other players on bad teams over the last nine years could be Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton(though that has changed this year), maybe Freddie Freeman.   I guess I could take each player and figure out the average wins for them per season.

Nah, I’m just going to say that Joey Votto is the best player on a bad team in the National League. That way I don’t have to play with Mike Trout and show how bad the Angels have been,  even with the best player in baseball on their team.

Votto’s calling card has always been an outstanding combination of power and patience.

Votto became a regular in 2008 so that is the timeframe we are going to use:

hmm – I’m going to have to expand the criteria because when I look for players who have hit at least 200 home runs and walked 800 times all I come up with is Joey Votto.

I guess I’ll just show the leaderboards for OPS+  since 2008:

If you use OPS+, Joey Votto has clearly been one of the most productive offensive players in baseball in the past nine years.  He has 100 more walks than anyone else in baseball during his run of 2008 – 2016.

That list has some heady company.  Hey look, Yasiel Puig right next to Matt Carpenter. Not bad for a AAA player.

From 2008 – 2016 – sorted by OPS+, with OPS+ > 130, with PA > 1000

Player OPS+ HR BB PA
Mike Trout 169 162 445 3388
Miguel Cabrera 161 297 668 5760
Joey Votto 156 207 837 5168
Manny Ramirez 153 65 204 1422
Paul Goldschmidt 150 134 448 3181
Albert Pujols 147 300 618 5667
Jose Bautista 142 270 728 4787
David Ortiz 142 264 652 4992
Giancarlo Stanton 142 206 397 3390
Kris Bryant 142 56 134 1176
Ryan Braun 140 243 434 5178
Jose Abreu 140 80 121 1803
Andrew McCutchen 139 168 590 4988
Lance Berkman 139 107 417 2687
Bryce Harper 139 118 368 2615
Buster Posey 139 114 329 3527
Josh Donaldson 138 132 318 2938
Adrian Gonzalez 137 241 614 5896
Matt Holliday 136 191 567 5142
Prince Fielder 135 239 696 5462
Edwin Encarnacion 132 262 534 4768
Freddie Freeman 132 128 391 3619
Nelson Cruz 132 257 386 4538
Chipper Jones 132 82 360 2471
Kevin Youkilis 132 113 324 2788
Jim Thome 132 105 288 1886
Yasiel Puig 132 53 147 1686
Matt Carpenter 131 68 349 2850
Shin-Soo Choo 130 143 585 4837
David Wright 130 145 515 4557
Robinson Cano 130 218 416 5933
Anthony Rizzo 130 127 337 3040

 

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