Re: "Billy Hamilton and other really fast guys"
Yeah, I don't get the hesitation by some here of having Hamilton stealing bases in front of Votto. First off, it means Billy's on base. That in itself is a positive thing. Second, he'll cause all sorts of havoc on the pitchers/catchers attention towards the batter. Third, if Votto gets walked...okay, just another guy on base. It's not like it's a certainty that Votto was going to get a hit there anyway. Fourth, Votto's not hitting second and he's not unprotected in the 3rd hole. It's far from a guarantee that he'll get walked. That #2 hole hitter can still reach base, move Hamilton over, drive Billy in, etc. It's not all on Votto.
Bottom line for me, getting a speedster on the basepaths is a GOOD thing...regardless of where it is in the order. And he's got a green light in my book until he proves he doesn't deserve it.
Pitching and defense...anything else is gravy. Mmmm...gravy.