Stubbs swings through plenty of fastballs. It's not just a matter of pitch recognition -- he may be guessing at times (pitch or location), and he doesn't have the contact skills to compensate when he guesses wrong. He may also have a hole down and in.Because of how much he is out on his front foot flailing at a breaking ball. He steps too soon because he is reading fastball then had to try and wait, leading to him being way off balance and reaching. If he could read that pitch, he wouldn't step early and be reaching.
"Baseball is a very, very complex business. It's more of a people business than most businesses." - Bob Castellini
Billy with another strong day 2 for 5 and a walk. OBP is now at .411.
The last 10 games he has been on fire hitting at .386 average and a .481 obp....
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)
Baseball Prospectus has a Hamilton story today by Ian Miller, who just wanted to see him play. It includes some video.
I would trade Hamilton now if it will net the Reds a good player who can help the team beyond this year.
Something tells me as well that some teams would bite too.
Hamilton stole four bases last night, giving him 67 steals in 56 games this season. Minor-league seasons are 144 games, rather than 162 games, yet he’s still on pace for 163 steals on the year. Seriously: One. Six. Three.
If the Reds don't move Hamilton to CF, then he is definitely trade bait. Shortstop prospects are valued more higher than non-power hitting CFers. So a non-move is simply because he has more value at SS for some other team. Reds have Cozart, most likely for a long time, and there is zero sense in keeping Hamilton at short. Plus, he's not considered very good defensively.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
My thinking about moving Hamilton to CF revolved around defense. If his most exceptional skill is speed, then, given his other skills, where is he most valuable? If his defense at SS projects to be at best average (and maybe below average) at the MLB level - and I don't know if this is true, but others have questioned his defense - wouldn't his exceptional speed possibly be better put to use in CF? Of course, that also assumes he can develop into a good fielder? We've had examples of speedy guys who still were'nt very good fielders, right?
Obviously if someone wants to offer the moon for the guy, you take it. But I think the Reds see Hamilton as their lead off man and a star player for the future. I don't think they are too worried about where he plays defensively.