Re: "Billy Hamilton and other really fast guys"
Originally Posted by RedEye
"The young Wilson" might sound underwhelming until you realize this is the stat line he put up in 1980:
.326 / .357 / .421, 230 hits, 133 runs, 15 triples and 79 stolen bases
If that's who Billy is, the Reds are in really good shape at leadoff!
That would be awesome if Hamilton's production was close to Wilson's. My comp, though, is Otis Nixon. They share the same career arc (infielders converted to outfield at AAA, fast, not much power) and have the same build. But I'm not one to project the success or failure of a player based on the stats of another player. It'll definitely be interesting seeing what Hamilton can do for himself.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.