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Hamilton has stolen at least one base in 86 of 120 games across two levels. He's recorded 41 multi-steal games, including nine three-steal performances and four four-steal outings. He set a career high with five stolen bases in Bakersfield's 7-6 win over Lake Elsinore on June 16.
To put Hamilton's feat another way, if he were his own team, he would have more steals than 171 of the 190 teams in pro baseball between the Major and Minor Leagues.
I don't care how important stolen bases are in terms of winning games. I think this is neat.
No relation to "Sliding Billy" I imagine.
Nope, this Billy Hamilton's family wouldn't have been allowed to play in the major leagues 110 years ago.
But obviously there are a reasonably large number of "black" people who have a "white" ancestor born in the 1860s.
Nobody seems to think he'll stick at SS but commentators are split over whether the Reds will try him at second or move him to CF, where his speed gives him the potential to be a ++ defender.
If Billy Hamilton can look back 20 years from now and say he had "Juan Pierre's career" -- even without the 100 SB seasons -- I think he should feel pretty happy.
nobody asked me but i would really think about putting the kid in left field and let him focus on offense versus the added stress of defense and offense.
I mean seriously-what was the last greatbaseball nickname?
The last great nicknamer in the media was Hawk Harrelson (Big Hurt, One Dog, etc.), though he doesn't even have that going for him now.
Dayan "Tank" Viciedo might disagree with you.
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