Originally Posted by kaldaniels
While I don't see Billy having a big effect on the Reds if he was called up...what are the negatives of doing so?
1) Spot on the 40 man - big deal...a lot of chaff on there right now
2) Screw up his development - I highly doubt that
3) A month of service time - that's alittle hairy
Am I missing anything else?
I'd say #2 is the primary concern and for good reason. The major leagues are completely different from the minors and not just in terms of talent. It's a completely different experience, bright lights, big cities, tens of thousands of fans, dozens of reporters, millons of TV viewers, and it's all for real. The pressure can be overwhelming.
That shouldn't be taken lightly. I have no idea if Hamilton can handle being in the majors or what effect it would have on him, but it's not something that should be taken lightly.