- Billy Hamilton, Who is Not a Caricature
A common question in our chats has asked how much longer the Reds can put up with Billy Hamilton and his lousy numbers out of the leadoff slot. Hamilton was known to be a question mark coming
- Improving Billy Hamilton
of 2014, which at one time promised to be The Year Of Billy Hamilton. And, to be fair, it was in a sense The Half-Year Of Billy Hamilton, but then Hamilton fell on harder times, losing a Rookie
- Billy Hamilton, the Absolute Freak
in the past. I tend to track the passing of time by thinking in baseball terms. I can't really help it, and sometimes it takes me by surprise. It feels like just yesterday that Billy Hamilton was one
- The Obviousness of Billy Hamilton
-runner otherwise. Much about baseball can be surprising. The same cannot be said for much of baseball strategy.
Billy Hamilton made his major-league debut Tuesday night, in a scoreless game between
- The Latest Billy Hamilton Development
It doesn't take much with the bat for Billy Hamilton to be a great player. He's a world class defensive center fielder. Of course he's a world class base-runner. Just between his defense and base
- Billy Hamilton, As Advertised
Monday, against the Twins, Billy Hamilton stole four bases. In so doing, he reached 40 steals on the year before anyone else reached 30. Probably even more impressive: Hamilton now has more steals
- Billy Hamilton's Other Tools
With about a month left in the minor league baseball season, one of 2012's worst kept secrets has been the prodigious speed of Cincinnati Reds shortstop prospect Billy Hamilton. With 139 stolen bases
- Catching Billy Hamilton
The big secret isn't much of a secret. As a base-stealer, Billy Hamilton has seemed automatic — but he did get thrown out in the minors. In fact, he got thrown out a whole mess of times.
- Deep Impact: Billy Hamilton
If starting Billy Hamilton guaranteed your team would win steals, where would you draft him? It would be arguable Hamilton is the best fantasy baseball prospect in the minor leagues, if that were
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton is one of the most intriguing prospects in baseball. In a game where home runs are king, Hamilton’s speed still excites the imagination in a Pete ‘Wheelie’ Wheeler way. Drafted
- New Billy Hamilton Seeking to Replace Old Billy Hamilton
Those in the know know that Reds prospect Billy Hamilton is not content with merely pilfering bases and scampering home. Rather, it is his roguish aim to scrub from history the other, older Billy
- Billy Hamilton, 2nd Rounder
very well be aware of the firestorm that erupted after my second round selection. I drew the #11 draft slot, which meant that my second round pick was the 20th. I settled on Billy Hamilton and I
- FG on Fox: Billy Hamilton is Good
Thursday was an ordinary day for Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, in that it contained some extraordinary things in the Reds’ 4-3 loss in 12 innings at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Billy Hamilton: 2014 Leadoff Hitter?
brought a great deal of value to a team that needed his particular offensive skill set.
Walt Jocketty has stated that Billy Hamilton is the new center fielder and will likely bat leadoff
- Billy Hamilton's Realm of 2014 Possibilities
this offseason, and one question facing them is “what the heck do we do with Billy Hamilton?” In celebration of Hamilton’s spectacular and otherworldly speed, the present offer sought to present some
- Billy Hamilton's Reverse Lineup Protection
in the traditional sense. What’s more interesting today is that we’re seeing, at least in one case in the early going, a different kind of lineup protection.
Depending on how you looked at it, Billy Hamilton’s
- The Future-Future Usage of Billy Hamilton
As the 2014 season approaches, the Cincinnati Reds are left with the unenviable task of figuring out exactly what to do with Billy Hamilton. After his September call-up, Hamilton electrified fans
- Your Billy Hamilton Factoid of the Day
Our hero, Billy Hamilton, is tied for 8th in the NL in stolen base runs. He made his major league
- Billy Hamilton and Stealing 100 Bases
Because he is a man who hates joy, Walt Jocketty said yesterday that Billy Hamilton would "probably not" be called up to the majors in September, as the Reds put the finishing touches on a first
- Roman Quinn: A Better Billy Hamilton?
In a foot race, I'd place my money on Roman Quinn over any prospect not named Billy Hamilton. Heads up, it would be close -- very close. 2012 was a historic year for minor league base stealers
- Billy Hamilton's Second Half Decline
Coming into 2014, the question wasn't if Billy Hamilton was going to steal a bunch of bases, the question was how many. I had my doubts he could hit well enough to stay in the lineup. He hit better
- Billy Hamilton's Potential Fantasy Value
The Reds' Billy Hamilton has been one of the biggest stories of the minor league season this year. You are probably well aware by now that the 21-year old broke Vince Coleman's minor league stolen
- Let's Watch Billy Hamilton Make a Run Happen
One of the big conversations taking place in baseball right now concerns whether or not Billy Hamilton is going to hit enough to stick as an actual long-term regular. It's a justifiable worry
- FG on Fox: Todd Frazier and the Billy Hamilton Effect
With a guy like Billy Hamilton on first base, you're likely to get a fastball. That's a good thing for Todd Frazier, who has traditionally feasted on fastballs. But does Billy Hamilton also make
- Why Wasn't Billy Hamilton a Base-Stealing Dynamo?
down. In large part, presumably, because the opponents became prepared.
Along those lines, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton was supposed to be something different, something unique. Hamilton was going
- Billy Hamilton's Problems Aren't Limited to Fly Balls
Billy Hamilton did last year what we all were afraid he'd do: not hit. Somehow, despite a .274 on-base percentage, Hamilton managed to steal 57 bases, which is exactly why his shortcomings
- Dee Gordon as the Poor Man's Billy Hamilton
at the center of most stolen-base conversations these days is Billy Hamilton. There are people who allege that Hamilton gets from first to second quicker than anyone ever, and even if Hamilton's speed
- Stealing a Base, with Billy Hamilton and Jose Molina
Typical Billy Hamilton story outline: Ordinary introductory paragraph noting Hamilton's speed when running the bases. Reference to Hamilton's record-breaking stolen-base numbers in the minor leagues
- JABO: Billy Hamilton Should Work on His Bunting
Billy Hamilton is the fastest player in baseball. He's done some remarkable things on the field with his legs, including scoring on a pop-up that barely left the infield. He currently leads
- What's Happened On Billy Hamilton's Weakest Contacts?
seasons and hitting the ball not-hard. The guy with the lowest average exit velocity and more than 200 balls in play is Billy Hamilton, who's averaged just 83.3 miles per hour on his batted balls
- LINK: An Even Better Article on Billy Hamilton
I wrote up the Billy Hamilton factoid this morning because I wanted to write about him, but I didn't have a fully formed post yet, so I used that as a tide-me-over until that post materialized. Well
- Billy Hamilton's Spiritual Contract, Complete with Upside
of baseball's greats:
...And then Billy Hamilton, to whom his colleagues and comrades affectionately referred as "Billy Hams," appealed to the Baseball Gods:
"Please, O Baseball Gods, allow
- What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?
When I first dreamt this post up, I figured the title would somehow include the phrase, "Billy Hamilton Effect." That was before I discovered Eno already wrote a post called "Todd Frazier
- Billy Burns and Hamilton Share a Thing Besides a Name
Specifically, he's suggested that I consider the similarities/differences between the very swift Burns and also very swift Billy Hamilton. Because he's capable of firing me -- and because I'm
- Billy Hamilton Had To Learn To Play Defense, Too
One of the more fascinating stories of last winter was the Cincinnati Reds' intention to replace the departing center fielder Shin-Soo Choo with the completely unproven Billy Hamilton. While
- So You're Thinking About Taking Billy Hamilton...
An extraordinarily polarizing player in drafts this year is Cincinnati Reds speedster Billy Hamilton. Especially so in 5x5 and traditional leagues, where one could make the argument where Hamilton
- Billy Hamilton - Better Than We Thought?
Remember Bold Prediction season? Billy Hamilton was a popular subject, with nearly everybody (except me) weighing in on how the controversial speedster would perform. The most common view was a flop
- Daily Notes, Featuring a Question About Billy Hamilton
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Crowdsourcing: Billy Hamilton's Whole Career
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
3. Pretty Excellent
- The Sophomore Report: Billy Hamilton, Mike Zunino...
in 2015. Hahn, 25, has 200+ strikeout stuff if his body holds up.
Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds: I’m not a fan of speedsters that don’t understand the need to get on base. It’s the most important part
- Hamilton v. Hamilton
underperforming after signing a huge free agent contract is also unappreciated... two Hamiltons try to move up in the world and help their teams win a World Series. It's... HAMILTON vs. HAMILTON, coming soon
- How Billy Hamilton Stole Joey Votto Five Bases
Little less than a year ago, I wrote a post here called What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base? Answer: not much! Slightly more detailed answer: less than I was expecting!
- Daily Notes, Incl. Facts About Billy Hamilton's Future
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of Daily Notes.
1. Crowdsourcing Results: Billy Hamilton's Whole Career
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Venezuelan Winter League
- Effectively Wild Episode 280: Is Billy Hamilton Worth a Roster Spot?/Five Free Agents Finishing Make-or-Break Years
Ben and Sam discuss the debatable value of Billy Hamilton, then forecast the free agencies of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Phil Hughes and others.
- Who Won the Kimbrel Trade?
- The Braves Might've Fleeced the D-Backs Out of $225 Million
- The Poor Man's Billy
At some point in the next few days, or perhaps in the hours between when I wrote this and when it will be posted, you'll be treated to an article about Billy Hamilton. Said post will come courtesy
- Don't Grab Billy Hamilton or: Why Not Every Injury Means A Top Prospect Is Coming Up
for certain, but if I had to guess, I wouldn’t expect Ludwick back this month. Given Ludwick’s position, the likelihood of an extended absence, and the position of the team’s top prospect – one Billy
- The Year of the Billy Burns Ambush
and Billy Hamilton. But Burns has enough in him to pick his moments, and against first pitches, he hit the ball as hard as Jose Altuve, Brian Dozier, and Matt Carpenter. In one year, he went from two
- Twitter Predicts The Free Agent Signings: Josh Hamilton
As much as I loved Torii Hunter I would love for the Angels to go after Josh Hamilton— Billy McCall (@billymac_boi) November 4, 2012
Josh Hamilton to the Red Sox?— Aaron Matthews
- Effectively Wild Episode 655: Lester vs. Hamilton: The Pickoff Culmination
Ben and Sam banter about the weekend's best plays and Mike Trout's hidden hobby, then discuss the potential pickoff showdown between Jon Lester and Billy Hamilton.
- Billy Butler Stole Second Base: A Reflection
the same, so the math doesn't always work out the same. It's kind of unfair; Billy Hamilton has to steal against opponents who know he's going to steal. Billy Butler gets to steal against opponents who
- Cincinnati Reds Outfield: Pump the Brakes on Hamilton?
Billy Hamilton is fast. We get it. He swiped 103 bases at Low-A Dayton in 2011. In 2012, he stole 155 bases between High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola and then kicked in another 10 during
- Let's Mostly Watch Billy Burns Make a Run Happen, Also
Earlier this afternoon, celebrated and young Cincinnati outfielder Billy Hamilton produced a run entirely by means of his generational footspeed -- which sequence of events Jeff Sullivan
- Hamilton or Fielder?
would pose a formidable offensive threat, given that first was one of their few holes when they were batting in 2011. A Rangers batting order featuring Fielder batting behind Josh Hamilton would
- Fantasy LVP Josh Hamilton
There were definitely warning signs. Despite coming off the second-best offensive season of his career, Josh Hamilton was a bit of a fantasy lightening rod last offseason. There was plenty
- Josh Hamilton's Hitting Breakout
It looks increasingly likely that the Rangers will win the American League West division. If that happens, a big reason for their success will be Josh Hamilton and his monstrous season at the plate
- Josh Hamilton: the Worst at the Worst
Let's all go ahead and agree right now that the worst day of Josh Hamilton's life probably had nothing to do with baseball. I'm not going to go into any detail, and you shouldn't need for me to go
- Adjusting to Josh Hamilton
The easy thing is talking about what Josh Hamilton has done. For his career, he's hit .304, with 161 dingers. Last year, his WAR was 4.4, and before that it was 4.1, and before that he won
- Josh Hamilton's Resurgent Hitting
On Sunday, Josh Hamilton carried the Texas Rangers' offense. Going 5-for-6 while knocking in the tying run in the ninth inning and the go-ahead tally in the tenth, Hamilton had the biggest impact
- Injuries Hamper Josh Hamilton
In 2008, OF Josh Hamilton finally turned in the kind of season that scouts envisioned when Tampa Bay selected him with the 1st overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft.
Shipped from the Reds
- Billy Martin Is Impressed by the Atari
Man of a Thousand Employers Billy Martin knows a thing or two about a thing or two about real baseball. As such, it should come as no surprise that Martin is profoundly impressed by the Realistic
- Billy the Marlin Is Rather Gauche
For as long as anyone can remember, Billy the Marlin has been the standard bearer for men's fashion. However, as you will soon see, this is no longer the case. Bear chagrined witness