Originally Posted by dougdirt
There is a difference in personality in person and on the internet. On the internet, you can't tell tone or intention.
As for reining guys in, if you think it could be detrimental to their health, yes, you better rein them in. Hamilton is an outlier in his speed. He isn't an outlier as a hitter or fielder. He isn't an outlier when it comes to having the ability to stay healthy for 25 years like Nolan Ryan or Pete Rose (and if he is, we surely won't know for a long, long time).
No matter the sport, you just don't want to "rein in" elite performers. When Adrian Peterson came off a torn ACL in the violent NFL, did the Vikings tell him to "rein it in" a little bit? No. It would have changed the way he played. He went full-bore as usual and had a great, amazing year. If he wasn't ready to go 100 percent and be the RB he always was, he shouldn't have been playing.
Hamilton isn't even coming off an injury or anything of the sort. I am responding to the idea that the Reds should consider "reining him in." I think it would be a bad idea. His aggressive approach is one of the the things that has made him one of the top-20 prospects in all of MLB and he has no injury history despite his all-out style. In fact, he's been extremely durable during his brief MiLB career. Reining him in is not at all what I want the Reds to do. I want them to keep the pedal down.