Originally posted by whodey
In case some don't know, Joey Votto is the first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. He was given a monster contract extending into the future, and then the unthinkable happened. He got an injury right before a playoff run.
Before the injury, Joey Votto was arguably the best hitter in baseball, a sure Hall of Famer. After the injury, a .300 plus hitter tur ...[text shortened]... or so with Joey Votto as he now is.
Perhaps some of you have similar stories in other sports.
First problem is Votto was overrated before.
If you need examples of dips of this magnitude due to injury and/or change of
teams, look no further than Albert Pujols. Pujols was better than Votto before
he got hurt and changed teams, and he is back to being a better hitter now.
Miguel Cabrera is now and has been a better hitter than Votto as well.
Mike Trout may actually be a better player as well.
You can blame the monster contract all you want, but all of these guys have them too.