Re: Hamilton being sent to AA
With Hamilton, its the little things that will go a long way, and most of those little things may never show up in a box score.
Things like being a distraction to the defense while on base. One thing about growing up listening to Marty and Joe during the Reds games was that Joe Nuxhall was a great baseball teacher. Joe Morgan was a master at being a distraction and Nuxhall would describe a lot of those little things.
For example, the 1B holding the runner on at 1B, creates a hole on the right side of the infield. As a result, the 2B has to move a step or two more towards 1B in order to plug the hole. Sparky figured out that if he put a right handed hitter like Foster, Bench, or Perez, that when Morgan would attempt a steal, the 2B would cover 2B (a LH batter has the SS covering 2B on a steal), and that resulted in the 2B cheating a step closer to 2B. The end result would be then the SS would cheat closer to 2B to help out, leaving more holes in the infield.
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