For everybody who wonders if Hamilton will ever hit, watch Devin Mesoraco. Not saying they're anything like similar hitters, but it's really hard to hit in the major leagues and it can take time to adjust. Let's give Hamilton at least one time around the league before we judge him too critically.
That said, he is quite possibly the perfect #9 hitter.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Sigh, seems like another "expert" that is finding an easy target to pile on.
Then if Billy figures things out, he hopes everyone forgets his podcast.
If Billy fails, he proclaims himself a genius.
Billy's supporters pretty much acknowledge that he's a work in progress and this year will have growing pains, and we need to have some patience.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
I think anyone forming conclusions on any rookie experiencing his first April in the leadoff spot on a preseason pick to be a legit contender should be dismissed as speaking out of turn.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
Now it's up to Billy to prove him wrong.
If he canīt hit or get on base in june itīs time to think about the minors... I think he will get better (not by much) but the small improvement will keep him in the big leagues this year
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein
Thanks for sharing this. Ravech does a poor job backing up his claim other than it's his opinion. Never mentions the small sample size this season or how Hamilton was very good at the end of last year. I can't stand the BBTN podcast, I find Olney an absolute bore. I recommend ESPN's Fantasy Baseball Podcast, I don't even play fantasy baseball but those guys have better analysis/opinion than Olney's snorefilled interviews.
IIRC each level he played at in the minors, Hamilton struggled for the first half season while he adjusted. After that he improved. AA was probably the only exception. I would not expect the majors to be different and hopefully he will be given time to adjust and improve.
numbersinthereds.blogspot.com I actually made a post on 10/17/14. I promise.
I think Karl has his hairpiece on a little too tight. He seems cranky.
Seriously, I can't take anyone with such a bad piece seriously. Your fake hair man. It's hideous.
My main concerns with Hamilton are that he strikes out a ton, and hits a lot of lazy fly balls. He doesn't have a very short, compact swing where he's stinging line drives all over the place. Maybe he did in AAA, and perhaps he will develop it later on. I wouldn't read too much into his future after this entire YEAR, let alone after this first month. But I do think it may have been foolish of us as an organization to expect a huge contribution from him this year. He simply seems overmatched.
I think it's tough to make a career assessment on a rookie who's career hasn't extended beyond April yet.
People on Facebook are tearing apart Billy Hamilton because of his ugly swing today.
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Billy Hamilton has a better batting average and on base percentage right now than Allen Craig.
Yes...he's struggling. But it's April. They've played 16 games.
A baseball "expert" making grand conclusions on that sample size is a joke.
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