The last time I saw Hamilton play in person was spring in Louisville. Was very impressed with him then but nothing like the past couple of weeks.
Today was my first time seeing him in person with the Reds. Even more impressive than watching on TV though know I was lucky to catch his best hitting day, the 'double-that-would-have-been-as-single-for-anyone-else' and, if I'm recalling correctly, the first time he made a move to steal third.
The biggest thing I noticed at PNC today was the impact he has on opposing players' nerves. Watching his ABs and then base-running carefully, it totally reminded me of how Jackie Robinson was, 'dancing' and almost thumbing his nose at the pitchers trying to pick him off, totally messing with their heads before he'd be off and the base stolen.
Really an amazing thing to see the chatter and signals between opposing dugout, catcher, pitcher and infielders; the impact on the pitcher's timing as he gets unglued. It was a real privilege to be able to watch him and the team today. Loved every minute of it.
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I'd like to see him steal 3rd. It seems that every time he's on 2nd and tries to steal 3rd, Votto hits a fly ball. The one in HOU, Votto swung on the 1st pitch and yesterday in the 5th(?) at least Votto took a few before popping up. I know Dusty is trying to be risk averse and you aren't supposed to make the 1st or 3rd out at 3rd but with a guy like Billy out there, it isn't that much of a risk.
http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/...-in-pittsburghHamilton now is 12 for 12 in stolen base attempts since joining the Reds on Sept. 2 and consistently has been a difference-maker. Sending him in to pinch-run is like plugging a lamp into a socket. The light just comes on. He changes games, rattles opponents and leaves a vapor trail that's been absent since the Apollo launches.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Does anyone know what the record is for consecutive steals to start a career? I would think Hamilton is getting close.
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It's fun to check out these numbers:
It shows Billy as being #26 in the league in stolen bases and only 14 ABs. The players around him generally have over 400 ABs. He has an outside chance of finishing in the top 20 in the league in SBs and passing Choo as #1 on the Reds
I was surprised no one has over 80 bags since 1988 when Ricky and Coleman both did it. I think Billy has a clear shot at that next year. I was also surprised at the dearth of stolen base threats in MLB history. There are really just 5-10 guys worth noting.
I had been thinking about the effect of turf vs dirt in the infield and stealing while watching an old youtube of Morgan stealing a base in the 76 Series at Riverfront (IIRC). The difference between sprinting on turf vs dirt must be similar to modern tracks vs. cinders for runners. Maybe worth .1 of a second per base. Enough to be significant perhaps.
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