- 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 Butler Ran Into 10 Outs
Last season, Billy Butler ran into 10 outs. If you didn't know that before, you definitely know that now. And if you're anything like me, now that you know that, you want to know what happened. Boy
- 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
- The Year of the Billy Burns Ambush
Billy Burns was going to be one of those interesting test cases. His numbers in the minor leagues were strong -- he drew walks about 12% of the time, and he infrequently struck out. He could motor
- Billy Eppler on Taking the Reins in Anaheim
Billy Eppler isn’t sure if he’s bringing philosophical change to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. That’s not something he’s especially concerned with. How things were done under Jerry Dipoto
- 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!
- 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
- 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
- Dick Williams on Transitioning the Cincinnati Model
The Cincinnati Reds front office underwent a makeover a few weeks ago. Dick Williams, a 44-year-old former investment banker, was appointed the club's general manager. Walt Jocketty, who is heading
- Matt Williams and What We Don't Know
Their season ended Sunday, a week -- if not a month -- shorter than had been planned, and the Nationals jumped right into their off-season by firing reigning Manager of the Year Matt Williams
- Should Billy Burns Stop Switch-Hitting?
As hard as it might be to believe right now, Oakland front office asked center fielder Billy Burns to consider ending the switch-hitter experiment and bat solely from the right side when
- 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
- The Change: Manny Machado, Billy Burns, & Batted Ball Mixes
turn this spotlight on two very different players, Manny Machado and Billy Burns, to see what we can learn.
Machado is only 22, so maybe we don't need to declare him a certain type of hitter yet
- Sunday Notes: Braves, Billy Burns, 3B Coaches, more
to scrap and win ballgames in small ways.”
With a homerless cleanup hitter, albeit one having a solid season.
Oakland outfielder Billy Burns is a speed burner. He's also a switch-hitter
- 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
- The Daily Grind - Norris, Williams, Norris
Analysis of a NC Men's League
Daily DFS - Danks, Norris
Tomorrow's Targets - Williams, Norris, Alonso, Fuld
1. Analysis of a NC Men's League
Today you'll find
- The Daily Grind: Zim's Picks, Williams, Morales
New Feature: Ground Ball and Fly Ball Splits
Daily DFS - Zim's Picks
Tomorrow's Targets - Williams, Norris, Morales, Pagan
1. New Feature: Ground Ball and Fly Ball
- Matt Williams on a Dreadful Defensive Day
Matt Williams wasn't a happy camper after yesterday's loss at Fenway Park. It wasn't so much the final score – Boston won 9-4 – it was the manner in which it transpired. The Nationals played defense
- 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
- Who Won the Kimbrel Trade?
- JABO: Will Billy Burns' Speed Play In the Majors?
The first-level explanation for Billy Burns' impressive numbers last month? Spring-training statistics are irrelevant at best, misleading at worst. You know this part. However much there might
- 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
- Why Billy Butler To The A's Makes Perfect Sense
Donaldson. In the ensuing days and weeks, onlookers were left scratching their heads, wondering what Billy Beane was up to this time, as Billy Butler and Ben Zobrist, two players not exactly made
- 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
- 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
- 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 Butler: Very Talented At Sitting Around
A few weeks ago, Eno tried to make sense of Oakland's Billy Butler signing by wondering about the holistic impact that Butler will have in the A's lineup. Eno mentions the designated hitter penalty
- How Did Billy Butler Take His Extra Bases?
Remember when Billy Butler stole a base against the Angels in the playoffs? Of course you do. It was beautiful and it was absurd, and it psychologically cemented the notion that there was nothing
- Billy Butler Heads to the Bay Area
scratching signing by the Oakland Athletics. That, of course, was Billy Butler. He figures to be the team's every day designated hitter, and perhaps play a couple of games here and there at first base
- Why the Billy Butler Deal Probably is Crazy
I'll give Eno Sarris points for trying, although I fully expect his attempt to find value in Billy Butler's three year, $30 million deal with the A's will fuel the fires of those who think Billy
- Why The Billy Butler Deal May Not Be Totally Crazy
At first glance, it seems crazy. A bad-body post-peak designated hitter that was under replacement last year... three years? $30 million? Billy Butler to the Athletics? A team that has never had
- 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 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
- What Was Matt Williams Thinking? Maybe This
As you've probably heard by now, Matt Williams had a bad seventh inning on Tuesday night. Dave Cameron took Williams' bullpen maneuvers apart nicely in his Just a Bit Outside column at Fox Sports
- FG on Fox: Matt Williams Screws Up
strategy is part of the job, and on Tuesday night, Matt Williams failed at that part of the job in the most important game of his team's season. And while we cannot know what would have happened
- Billy Butler Stole Second Base: A Reflection
Billy Butler's nickname is Country Breakfast. You know that -- you've known that for years -- but at this point, the connection's automatic, and you probably don't really think about it. This time
- A Quick Defense of Matt Williams
On Saturday night, Matt Williams removed Jordan Zimmermann with one out to go, trying to preserve a 1-0 lead. Drew Storen entered immediately gave up a single to Buster Posey and a double Pablo
- New Footage of Billy Butler's Stolen Base
- Billy Butler In: The Good, The Slightly Above Average, And The Ugly
For the past two years or so, Kansas City has been torn about breakfast… Billy “Big Country Breakfast” Butler that is. During this past offseason there were many rumors that the Royals were going
- 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
- Will Matt Williams Tip Over?
The above is a GIF of Matt Williams. I made this GIF, so I'm the only one who really knows the answer to the question in the title. Here's the scenario I'm
- The Year's Best Minor-League Base-Stealers, Feat. Billy Burns
Last year, then-Washington outfield prospect Billy Burns produced the most stolen-base runs among every minor-league player in the whole minor leagues -- about 12 of them, it would appear, using
- 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
- Let's Talk About Billy McCool
Last month, NotGraphs lost a piece of magic as Billy McCool, left-handed pitcher and actual person, passed away. Let us take a moment to adore the man, the lefty, the only fella who could make your
- Sorry, Bryce: Matt Williams is Right
third and Zim playing left is something that would be good for this team. I think that should be what’s happening.”
Essentially, Harper's return forced Matt Williams to make a choice between two
- 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 - 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
- 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
- Should We Start Worrying About Billy Butler?
. There's a bunch of great stuff in there, but something about ground ball rate stabilization piqued my interest. It did so because between whole stanzas of "cuuuuups of coffee," I also had Billy Butler running
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Burns and Hamilton Share a Thing Besides a Name
an exception in the particular case of the Jerry Blevins-Billy Burns trade, it appears, between Oakland and Washington, on account of the latter of those players is one upon whom I've waxed enthusiastic
- Billy Butler and the Royals' Off-Season Plan
Apparently some people do not respect the sanctity of World Series Week:
Royals ready to talk about Billy Butler deal for teams that would take on DH owed $8 million in '14, $12m in 2015
- Billy Butler's Country Breakfast Doesn't Satisfy
Billy Butler headed into the 2012 season as a first baseman with moderate power whose greatest fantasy contributions came from his strong batting average and position in the middle of a Major League
- Nick Williams' Big Bat Overshadows K/BB Issues
positive impression on me than outfielder Nick Williams.
Williams didn't enter the season with as big of a name as the above players, but that's not to say he was off the map--he was selected
- For Billy Beane, As Game Three Begins
"Sonny gets sunnier day by day by day…" –Paul Simon
Billy Beane’s not a player,
he just walks a lot—
well, mostly it’s pacing through the muck
through the bleach smell
the rare scintilla from
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Found: Ted Williams' Self-Proclaimed Heat Map
Ted Williams didn't play during the Heat Map Era. He also didn't play during the Internet, Grunge, Civil Rights, Designated Hitter, or David Bowie Era. But Mr. Williams still understood
- 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
- Ask Dr. Mitch Williams, M.D.
, right? That’s why I, Dr. Mitch Williams, M.D., am here to answer your questions about healthiness.
Q: I’m a college pitcher, and after my last start my arm was feeling sore. What should I do? Do I
- Mason Williams: Next Great Yankees Center Fielder?
to improve reading pitchers and getting jumps as he faces more advanced competition. He’s not Billy Hamilton but 20 plus stolen bases is reasonable. Williams will be a contributor but non-elite option
- Ted Williams, Even on a Gameshow, Flashes Consistency
NEW YORK -- Ted Williams, often viewed as the model for hitting consistency in baseball, flirted with perfection on Sunday when he nearly went 11 for 11 in saying the word "yes" the exact same
- 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
- 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
- Top Beard/Spectacles Combination: Matthew Williams
Currently, Matthew Williams is a right-hander for Sydney of the Australian Baseball League. Before that, he was a pitching prospect in the Twins organization for six years. Before that, he lived
- The Royals, Billy Butler, and Young Pitching
position players for a young, high-end arm. Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas, and even Eric Hosmer have been floated as trade candidates, ditto Billy Butler.
Butler, 26, is a .300/.362/.468 (121 wRC+) career
- 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
- 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
- Where Did Billy Beane Eat?
Athletics Nation has an awesome interview with Billy Beane, conducted right after the A's were eliminated. A couple of highlights:
Bleszinski: What about Brandon Moss?
Beane: David (Forst
- Billy Butler: Country Breakfast Served Up Hot
in 2012, added position eligibility and arguably one of the best nicknames in baseball right now, Billy Butler is headed towards being one of the sexier picks in fantasy drafts next season. Batting .313
- For Billy Beane, On the Eve of Game Five
Billy, holy wow.
Holy crap, Billy, did you see that?
The elfin sprite that
stole my hat,
I see now how he floated
away from me
he was possessed of an afro puff,
and was he
- For Billy Beane, on the Eve of Game Four
Someone photoshopped that helmet in
someone scribbled your name
someone who once liked your good face
when they see it.
That's how it goes.
How did it go last night?
- For Billy Beane, on the Eve of Game Three
Billy! -- I say it with my Rosie Perez voice
like you are Woody Harrelson, but
you are not Woody Harrelson, let's face it --
you are too much a lover
of soccer --
Billy, who should laud you
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Kenny Williams Makes Delicious Chicken Salad
There might not be a harder to evaluate GM in sports than Kenny Williams. Since 2006, his teams have alternated between winning and losing seasons each year, so his team's recent performance track
- 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
- Mason Williams Moving Up The Ranks
As an over slot fourth round pick in the 2010 draft, the New York Yankees awarded Mason Williams with the largest bonus of their draft class. Two years later, Williams possesses a strong set of tools
- Is Billy Butler's Power Real?
Billy Buter, AKA Country Breakfast, may finally be worth a slot as a full-time first baseman in standard formats. Butler's often had to be utilized as a fill in at the position or someone to stick
- Bernie Williams, Post Season and the Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will release its list of soon-to-be inductees on Monday. Some discussion has focused on Bernie Williams and how much his postseason performance should count
- Billy Jo Robidoux Would Have Boxed You
It was a different time, you understand -- 1987, or '88. A time when men like Billy Jo Robidoux and Mark Funderburk were the flying buttresses in the architecture of baseball -- beautiful appendages
- 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
- Things We Now Know about Kenny Williams
If you prefer your news to be five days old, then you'll be gobsmacked to learn that White Sox GM Kenny Williams had his posh Chicago townhouse robbed and violated recently. This of course sounds
- Spectacles/Mustache/Mutton Chops/No Neck Package Deal: Walt Williams
Walt Williams, man. What can you say? It's one thing to have played Major League Baseball. It's another to have played Major League Baseball without a frigging neck.
Respect, Walt Williams
- Jerome Williams Returns to the Majors
After a hiatus of over four years, Jerome Williams is back in the majors. After coming up with the Giants as a 21-year-old in 2003, he’s bounced around to the Cubs, Nationals, Twins, Dodgers
- Kenny Williams' Quiet Trade Deadline
White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams is notorious for being active around the trade deadline. Yet with his team only three games out of first place the morning of the deadline -- for the first
- 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
- Half-Baked Theories: Mose Schrute and Mitch Williams
And now here's major-league closer turned fearless opinion-shaper, Mitch Williams ...
Not many beards these days say, "I was named for an Old Testament character, and I occasionally entertain
- Billy Beane to Kurt Suzuki: Don't Get Hurt
, Billy Beane's Athletics have suggested a team-oriented way forward. Beane effectively ordered his catcher, Kurt Suzuki, to avoid injury:I said to him, "I don't want you planting yourself in front
- Proposed Trade: Billy Butler to the Rays
With the Royals recently calling up Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler looks to have been permanently moved to the DH spot. With Mike Moustakas ready to be called up to take over third base, that leaves
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Billy Martin
You're damned right I'd follow Billy Martin's mustache, and his spectacles, into the heat of baseball battle.
Adding to Martin's lore: Whiskey Slick, his nickname, according to Baseball
- Billy Butler’s Extension and Future Power
Underrated by casual baseball fans because he plays for the Royals, and overrated by many Royals fans because they don't have many recent examples of what a good position player looks like, Billy
- Why Is Billy Beane Buying Relief Pitchers?
on their contract in order to collect the draft picks when they walked. Given the moves that Billy Beane and company have made over the last few days, should we assume that relief pitchers
- The Story Behind Billy Ripken's F*ck Face Card
Readers over the age of 28 or so will almost definitely remember this very famous Billy Ripken card for at least two reasons: (1) because it was worth a whole bunch of money, and (2) because it had
- Billy Flips The Script
acquisitions, and when Billy Beane acquired him, we all just nodded our heads and said "yeah, of course."
Apparently Billy woke up this morning annoyed with his own predictability, because this afternoon, he
- Old News: Billy Beane vs. Steven Levitt
of the A's success under Billy Beane.
From one such post:
I am not necessarily implying that Billy Beane isn't a good general manager who can stretch a small budget into a respectable record through
- Kenny Williams and Mike Rizzo Fall For Different Types
Sox 4.3 MPH
Not much about Kenny Williams is predictable. When most think he’s going left, he darts right. When folks expect him to sit, he stands. When they say jump, he hovers lightly over
- Cleaning Up Kenny Williams' Mess
- Is Billy Wagner a Hall of Famer?
Yesterday, R.J. Anderson discussed just how impressive Billy Wagner's career has been and how magnificently he is pitching this season:
FIP supports that Wagner has pitched extremely well. His 2.12
- Billy Wagner Is Still Good
Billy Wagner turns 40 on the 25th of this month. His left arm, attached to a 5’10” frame, has tossed more than 870 innings and more than 8,300 pitches since 2002. The used car of free agent closers
- Billy Buckner: Sleeper?
At first blush, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Billy Buckner looks like a toxic fantasy option. After all, he's an exiled Kansas City Royal who posted a-shield your eyes!-6.40 ERA in 2009. Why
- Billy Wagner to Atlanta
We saw the first big move of free agency late last night, as the Atlanta Braves signed closer Billy Wagner. With the potential losses of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez looming large, Frank Wren
- Signed: Billy Wagner with the Braves
Marking the first major move of the offseason, the Atlanta Braves are all set to acquire Billy Wagner if he passes their physical examination. The deal is for a reported $7 million this year
- Billy Butler's 2009 vs. Alex Gordon's 2008
Other than Zack Greinke's historic season, the 2009 Royals had little go right. Billy Butler was one non-Greinke bright spot. After a disappointing 2008, Butler raked in 2009, hitting .301/.362/.492
- Free Agent Fantasy Impact: Billy Wagner
In a scenario that seemed ridiculous at the start of the year, Billy Wagner may be one of the most highly sought after relievers this offseason. Wagner missed the majority of the season after
- Billy Wagner Returns
Assuming Billy Wagner’s appearances are nothing but an audition for another team, his first act went about as well as the Mets could script.
Wagner entered last night’s game in the eighth