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See Billy Hamilton’s inside-the-park home run

Jul 15, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

Billy Hamilton AP

The outfield defense wasn’t exactly stellar, but the fastest player in baseball hit an inside-the-park homer for Double-A Pensacola on Sunday and you’re probably going to want to see it.

Here’s the video from MiLB.com.

Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper timed Hamilton’s sprint at 13.8 seconds.

The homer was the only time Hamilton was on base today, so he didn’t add to his total of 109 steals on the season. It was the first time in five games since his promotion to Double-A that he failed to swipe a base.

  1. Matthew Pouliot - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Sorry about the lack of the embed… it’s not letting me do it for MiLB videos at the moment. Hope to get that fixed up.

    • cur68 - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      S’cool, man. The link to MLB worked fine. That was great! Billy Hamilton is like a streak of lightening.

  2. garik16 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    That would be the fastest Inside the Parker ever. Seriously, he’s AT second base by the time the ball deflects off the CF’s glove. I don’t think anything from that point on mattered…..he was already gone. That’s nuts!

    • ajcardsfan - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      I’m starting to think Billy Hamilton is really the Flash’s secret identity, and not Barry Allen, the comics had it wrong

    • professor59 - Jul 16, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      There’s about 3.5 seconds between the ball going off the glove and and Hamilton getting by 2B. Seriously.

  3. lifeform - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Speed kills.

  4. dcbear90 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    That’s a double and a 2 base error. C’mon.

    • raindog - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:15 AM

      Defense was not good, but that was NOT an error. And it’s exciting just to see how fast he can make it to home.

  5. plethoraofpinatas - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    He sure doesn’t make it seem like 90 feet.

  6. dcbear90 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Not an error on the right fielder but an error on the center fielder for kicking it to the warning track.

    Doesn’t discount the fact that Hamilton can fly, just sayin.

  7. whodeytn - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Can’t wait until he replaces Stubbs… Right?

  8. anythingbutyanks - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Over/under for this guy to circle the bases twice and reach first a third time in the time it takes Molina to circle the bases once? Its not a sure thing, but I’d take the over.

  9. thecapedbandito - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    You only see it briefly, but he is booking it a split second after he makes contact with the ball. Seems like so many players take that one second to watch and see if the ball might leave the yard before they realize they can probably leg out a double or triple and kick it in to gear.

  10. crackersnap - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I thought Hamilton was supposed to be “SUPER DUPER Fast”? This sounds more like “just as fast as what we already have at the MLB level”.

    Peter Bourjos timed an inside-the-park homer at 14.26 seconds back in April, and thought it was a fly out until he reached first base, THEN he accelerated. That was less than half a second slower than Hamilton, after jogging the first 90 feet.

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