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How patient with Hamilton will they be? I mean, they fired Dusty after a playoff appearance (or didn't re-sign him or whatever happened). I didn't know if they did that because they think they should be getting further, or if they didn't think he was the guy for a rebuilding job.
He needs to be a successful leadoff man or he won't be a successful major league starter at all.
Pretty sure if I were handed the Reds' current roster I'd bat Votto leadoff.
Having your #7 hitter have the ability to take an extra base or steal a base has value. The value of running doesn't disappear simply because one isn't batting lead off.
Joey Gathright could do a standing jump over a car.
I keep thinking about that when I read about Hamilton.
I wish he would adjust his approach, maybe swing a heavier bat, lose all pretense of hitting anything but singles and focus on just getting the ball in play and running as much as humanly possible. Think early-career Willie Wilson.
But he hit .256 with a .308 on-base percentage at Triple-A this season. He followed that by hitting .227 with a .284 on-base in 75 at-bats in winter ball in Puerto Rico.
So what is the word on Hamilton's defense in CF?
If I recall what I've read correctly, Hamilton's defense in CF right now is not very good. He's fast and that's about it; poor routes and breaks
His one bad year in the minors and it just so happened to be last year at age 22. His OBP at ages 20-21 was over .370
he's so fast that he's still gets to a lot of balls on D. He'll be a plus on that end
It is practically guaranteed that he'll fail.
I agree that Hamilton should spend at least another year in AAA working on his game. There is no point to throw him to the wolves in MLB right now. It is practically guaranteed that he'll fail.
I mean, I'd suggest taking a look at what the Twins did with Carlos Gomez for an idea what I'm afraid of here.
One thing that's a little tricky here is that Billy Hamilton is so good at everything else
In 1966, the Cards abandoned Sportsman's Park (called Busch Stadium at the time, but Sportsman's Park from its start at just about 1900) when a guy (I actually knew the guy; he was my mom's best friend's son, named John Lough) got killed in a bar nearby when he realized that nature was going to call before he could get home.
The last guy to have a relatively sustained job in the majors despite universal agreement that he was totally unable to hit was Tony Pena Jr. Would he have been valuable if he was as fast as Hamilton?
Brock: Cincinnati's current park is called the Great American Ballpark and has been referred to a time or two by fans as the Great American Smallpark. It's a bandbox. Adam Dunn played left field there for years.
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