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Fingers crossed that the 2021 MLB season will begin on time — and that we get to see some live baseball at the ballpark this year.
As we wait, Buster Olney continues his annual ranking of the 10 best players at each position heading into the coming season, based on input from industry evaluators. Thursday, it’s outfielders — the top 10 left fielders, center fielders and right fielders. He’s already ranked pitchers and infielders, and he will follow these with the top 10 teams on Friday.
Joey Votto travels with Ted Williams’ book “The Science of Hitting” and has built a Hall of Fame résumé based on a lot of the principles that Williams espoused — like not doing the pitcher a favor by chasing pitches out of the strike zone. Williams loved to talk hitting, and through the last years of his life, he developed friendships with the likes of Tony Gwynn.
I texted Votto that I thought Williams would’ve loved to watch the Nationals’ Juan Soto, who might be the closest replica to Williams, with his remarkable plate discipline and power. Through Williams’s age 21 year — two seasons — he had