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Reds prospect Billy Hamilton breaks Vince Coleman’s minor league stolen bases record

Aug 21, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

By now you’ve surely heard of Reds youngster Billy Hamilton, regarded by many prospect evaluators as the fastest player at any level of professional baseball. Well, he just made some history:

That’s from the official Twitter account of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, for whom Hamilton currently serves as the starting shortstop. The record that he broke belonged to Vince Coleman, who tallied 145 stolen bases in 1983 for Single-A Macon and went on to swipe 752 bags over a 13-year major league career.

Hamilton entered Tuesday’s game with a .318/.415/.435 batting line this year in the minors. There’s some thought that the Reds might call him up in September to provide an element of speed off the bench.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    He would make a great call up. If his career approaches Coleman’s, he will have done terrific.

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      He is a firecracker, just like Coleman.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Doesn’t matter. If they bring him up under Dusty Baker, he’ll just make him run into one of his legs falls off.

    • metalhead65 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      if they call him up this sept. he will be lucky to play and when he does it will be as a pich runner who will not be allowed to steal. can’t have him clogging up the bases now can we?

      • Bryz - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        Umm… failing to attempt a stolen base is a large portion of the exact definition of “clogging up the bases.”

      • metalhead65 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM

        do you follow the reds much?I know what clogging the bases means but I also know the way dusty manages and he does not want his players distracting the hitter by attempting to steal. he considers that clogging up the bases. as for him playing if he gets called up aside from pinch running where do you play him? you sit cozart? centerfield would be the ideal spot but he has not played it and no way dusty sits his boy stubbs for anybody let alone a call up guy. see Mesaroco last year about playing time for call ups and that was when they were out of the race,no way he plays during a pennant race under dusty.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

        I know what clogging the bases means but I also know the way dusty manages and he does not want his players distracting the hitter by attempting to steal. he considers that clogging up the bases

        Yeah, that’s completely wrong. Clogging the bases refers to the big sluggers who walk a lot but can’t run, hence they CLOG the bases (guys like Giambi, Thomas, Dunn, etc). In fact, a Billy Hamilton is the exact opposite of a base clogger.

        I caught some of the Mets-Braves game this afternoon which I believe was the ESPN debut of FJM favorite Dusty Baker along with Ric Sutcliffe and Dave Ryan. In the bottom of the first the three were discussing the Mets batting David Wright second in their batting order. Dusty says, “He (Wright) stole 20 bases last year so you don’t have to worry about him clogging up the bases at the top of the order.” For reference, first game, bottom of the first inning, first “clogging up the bases” quote from Dusty Baker.

  3. sjtorpitt - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    What a stud

  4. kjt929 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    This will be fun

  5. qcubed3 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Billy, may your career be infinitely better than this god awful song:

    • qcubed3 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      This song is so bad, I’m thumbing down my own comment, and this one.

  6. ajcardsfan - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Drew how many games are left for his team? I’m curious to how many more steals he might get in the minor leagues?

    • mrredlegz - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      If you knew what team he played for or what his name is, you could jump on the interwebs and look it up, but only if you had access to a computer, of course.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

        Red: Although he has the words “cards fan” in his handle…you do NOT have to be a penis head. It is okay to be civil. You guys are starting to morph yourselves into the same kind of “fans” of a couple of other teams I know. It isn’t very becoming.

      • mrredlegz - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Thanks for pointing that out stlouis…. I honestly did not read his or her “handle” until just now. And you’re right. Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just quit with the stereotypes?

        Oh, wait,….

      • mrredlegz - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        So, is penis head the “civil” alternative to calling me a dickhead?

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        “So, is penis head the “civil” alternative to calling me a dickhead?”
        Hahaha! Touche’. Outsanding retort Redleg. You literally made me laugh out loud.
        Yes…the word penis is far more “civil” than the word dick. Hahaha!
        On a separate note:
        I will be at the game this Sunday with my buddies.
        If you happen to go…I would love to buy you one of those $15.00 ballpark beers.
        Please know all my buddies are Redlegs loving window lickers so you guys will easily out number me. Serious about the beer offer! Should you be going of course.

  7. birdman6824 - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Looks like they have 12 games left, according to

  8. sabatimus - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    THIS year? Holy crap.

  9. whodeytn - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Doesn’t matter. If they bring him up under Dusty Baker, he’ll just make him run into one of his legs falls off.


  10. savior72 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Would be interesting to see him try and swipe a base on Yadi

    • istillbelieveinblue - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      That would be great…like watching a great fastball hitter come up against a guy that throws 100. Strength vs strength…let’s see who wins.

    • nbjays - Aug 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      Looks like he would own Yadi and any other catcher, depending on who’s on the mound. Most of the time you don’t steal on the catcher, you steal on the pitcher, so unless the pitcher has a crazy fast time to home, Hamilton will win.

  11. tmohr - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Congrats to the new Sliding Billy Hamilton. Hopefully he can have a major league career of the same caliber as the Hall of Famer.

  12. ptfu - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    If you want to set the stolen base record, it helps to have a .415 OBP. Give yourself plenty of chances. All else being equal, that OBP could have as much to do with any promotion as the SBs.

  13. rje49 - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    As for the September call-up notion, never underestimate the value of a key stolen base. Was there ever a more important stolen base than Dave Robert’s in game 4 of the 2004 ALCS?

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