Originally Posted by [deleted]
A question about Billy Hamilton: why couldn't he just slide over to left?
We keep hearing about he's being converted to CF, but that it isn't his natural position. So... why don't we just make him a left fielder? Are we really all being sucked into the "he's fast, so CF" mind trap? If we did sign a Victorino or Pagan, why not let them stick at the position? CF is widely known to be the hardest outfield position to play, so why does Hamilton need to play there? Couldn't he do LF just as well?
He doesn't. It's just that LF is a less demanding position to play defensively, so that's a position you can "hide" a power hitter who doesn't field well.