Joey Votto has a razor-like focus

Forging bond with Pete Rose has helped fuel first baseman's desire to be great

Originally Published: May 22, 2013
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Baseball's elite hitters are a step above the crowd, in part, because they rarely if ever "give away" at-bats. Quick wrists, hand-eye coordination and patience are valuable attributes, but so is the discipline to lay off the borderline pitch and approach each plate appearance with the same machine-like intensity as the one before it and the 300 or 400 still to come.

Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto has an obsession with maximizing the hitting experience and cranking the volume ...

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