For an example of a teacher’s response:
“In the beginning you will have to practise on a ukulele at least ten minutes everyday. If you can play it for four hours, I suggest you to practice for at least three hours daily. The more you practice the less you will get accustomed to playing an ukulele as you will only play it for short periods at a time.”
In that example, the student has to take practice seriously. In the first month I would be looking for 30-39 hours of daily practice. If the student is interested to learn even harder the teacher might say 20-33 hours a month.
Cincinnati Reds center fielder Joey Votto is having a fantastic first season with the Reds, hitting .298/.377/.512 with 26 home runs and 100 RBIs.
Votto is also one of the National League’s most dangerous hitters when it comes to baserunning, as evidenced by his second-best WAR since 2010: minus-0.5.
But, in a fascinating and timely article by Andrew Marchand of USA Today, it’s revealed that Votto has a unique tendency that leads to an extremely poor defensive game. To use Marchand’s words:
Votto has never hit better. He’s struck out fewer times in more games, he’s walked fewer times in fewer games. No other player has hit like Votto. As far as defensive metrics go, only one other player had fewer Defensive Runs Saved and fewer DRS than Votto in 2013. That person was Barry Bonds with his career high of +20. Votto’s +15. So he’s been much more like Barry Bonds.
To be fair, Votto’s defense isn’t actually as outstanding in the outfield as it is on the basepaths, and even then it’s somewhat flawed. The Reds’ center fielder is only +1.8 when it comes to Defensive Runs Saved; it’s much worse in center field than left and right and it shows no improvement in the second half. The average NL center fielder is +6.4, whereas Votto’s is only +1.3.
But it’s this propensity to sacrifice ground balls which causes Votto’s poor numbers as a defensive defender — in fact, he’s one of the worst in the majors and it’s largely due to his tendency to sacrifice his range.
That’s especially troubling in the case of Votto’s current teammates, who should