Assessing the state of today’s game on MLB’s Statcast podcast, the 33-year-old right-hander said that Babe Ruth couldn’t keep up.

“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.’

Ottavino had a breakout 2018 campaign, appearing in 75 games with a 2.43 ERA and 112 strikeouts in 77⅔ innings, but his career stats are far from impressive. 

Meanwhile In a 22-year career, Ruth batted .342 with 714 homers. He is the all-time leader in slugging percentage at .690 and OPS at 1.164.

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