Should the Reds rein in Billy Hamilton?
We all know what Billy Hamilton can do on the bases. He's got the minor league stolen base record and looks to be on his way to a bright future with the Reds. That said, I'm of the opinion that the Reds should cut back on the stolen bases for his own good. All that diving back into the bases when the pitcher throws over to 1st and sliding into 2nd and 3rd takes a toll on a body. I realize that's going to happen to any player who has some speed but with someone like Hamilton it's going to happen quite a bit if he's going to steal close to as many as he stole last year. I don't think he should stop entirely but the Reds should go to him and the LOU manager and explain that he has nothing left to prove as far as stealing bases goes. Lord knows he's not going to run as much as he did last year when he gets up to the Reds. Have him cut back to about one a game. Have him work more on reading the pitchers' moves when he gets on base. Whether you are stealing or not, you can still study a pitcher's moves. Once he gets up to the Show, he can crazy go nuts on the bases even though I don't think that will happen.