Re: Should the Reds rein in Billy Hamilton?
I think the 'rein him in'/'don't rein him in' debate using Rose, Harper, Adrian Peterson, Nolan Ryan or whomever is misplaced.
Why? Because outlier or not, these are all anecdotes. Putting it a different way the decision to 'rein in' a promising player in any sport is multivariate; has to be based on several factors with examples supporting or debunking any decision always available. This is why Managers, GMs and coaches get the jobs. None of them get everyone to agree with their moves and that's not the goal. Goal is to win and you do that by building great organizations and then positioning teams to win. None of us have a clue how 'durable' BH will prove to be. But safe to say Riggleman, Dusty and Jocketty are getting more informed by the day.
Personally, I don't so much see the point of Hamilton going for the minor league SB record. Not because he'd get hurt but, rather, because job 1 has to be his hitting and pitch selection to drive OBP.
Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats