Free agent reliever Adam Ottavino certainly isn't selling himself short this winter.
In an interview on MLB.com's Statcast Podcast, Ottavino said that Babe Ruth would struggle in the modern game.
"I had an argument with a coach in Triple-A about Babe Ruth's effectiveness in today's game," Ottavino recalled. "I said, 'Babe Ruth, with that swing, swinging that bat, I got him hitting .140 with eight homers.'
"He was like, 'are you nuts? Babe Ruth would hit .370 with 60 homers,' and I'm like, 'I would strike Babe Ruth out every time.'
"I'm not trying to disrespect him, you know, rest in peace, you know, shout out to Babe Ruth. But, it was a different game, I mean the guy ate hot dogs and drank beer and did whatever he did. It was just a different game."
Ruth hit .342 in a 22-year career from 1914-1935 and his 714 home runs are the third-most in history.
Ottavino, 33, has been with the Colorado Rockies since 2012 and had a dominant 2018 campaign, striking out 112 in 77⅔ innings with a 2.43 ERA. The right-hander is considered one of the top free agent relievers available on the market.
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