Re: The Official Billy Hamilton SB Record Countdown
Originally Posted by Steve4192
Little Joe's power makes the comparison ludicrous, especially once you adjust for era.
Also, while Hamilton has done a good job of pumping up his walk rate this year, I seriously doubt he'll ever be as proficient at it as Morgan was. Even if he develops an eye that is equal to Morgan's, he doesn't have the pop in his bat to keep pitchers from challenging him in the strike zone. Drawing walks is a lot harder when pitchers know they can throw a meatball down the middle and not get punished with an extra base hit.
Lastly, he will certainly be a more prolific base stealer than Morgan, he has a LONG way to go before he is as skilled as Morgan was on the bases. Hamilton is way faster than Morgan ever was, but Joe was the king of getting huge leads, taking extra bases, and generally making a nuisance of himself on the basepaths. If Hamilton can ever develop his baserunning SKILLS to go along with his natural gifts, he has a chance to be all-time great in the baserunning department.
I realize they're different. I just threw out the comparison because #1 they both have an ability to distract pitchers on the basepaths and #2 I'm curious if Hamilton could have the same kind of effect on the Reds offense.
But, yeah, it'll be really interesting to see how much Hamilton can improve as a baserunner. If he improves enough 100 steals is possible. Been awhile since a major league did that. Any chance Joe could give him some pointers?
"Now that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that."
Last edited by redsfandan; 08-13-2012 at 03:02 PM.