Re: Hamilton hits 100
If Hamilton "only" has a career similar to Juan Pierre or Vince Coleman, what's wrong with that? To my recollection, Juan Pierre and Vince Coleman were both pretty good lead-off hitters who played a long time. Still, to me Hamilton has potential advantages over both. Pierre is not the base stealing threat that Hamilton is. Hamilton, however, does strike out more than Pierre, and I doubt he could ever match Pierre's contact rate. On the other hand, Pierre doesn't seem to walk much (although his strikeout-to-walk ratio is good), while Hamilton does alright in this regard. Hamilton also makes better contact and hits for a better average than Coleman. All of this, of course, is based upon a comparison of minor league stats to major league stats - but that's all there is to work with at this point. Also, I think Hamilton projects much better defensively than Pierre (e.g., no arm or particular fielding prowess). In short, I think he can be a better all-around player than Pierre or Coleman - but even if he's just a similar player to either of those guys, that's pretty good.