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Video: Billy Hamilton picks up first career stolen base

Sep 3, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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Reds speedster Billy Hamilton made his major league debut as a pinch-runner on Tuesday night after a Ryan Ludwick single to center field and stole second base off Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Molina probably would have had him if the throw was on line, but knowledge of Hamilton’s base-stealing prowess likely caused the five-time Gold Glove winner to rush it. Hamilton scored moments later when Todd Frazier slapped a double to left field.

Here’s the replay of Hamilton’s first career steal from

Hamilton tallied 395 stolen bases in 502 minor league games. He’s probably up in the majors for good.

  1. ditto65 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    “Molina probably would have had him if the throw was on line, but knowledge of Hamilton’s base-stealing prowess likely caused the five-time Gold Glove winner to rush it.”

    Don’t apologize!

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  2. thomas844 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I love the smile Yadier gives after Hamilton steals second off of him. It’s almost like he was saying, “Ya got me this time, kid. Wait till next time.”

  3. js20011041 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    That was especially impressive given the ridiculously quick release by Molina.

  4. jm91rs - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Molina rushed the release to try and beat Hamilton. The throw was off line, but would Molina’s normal release have given him enough time to get Hamilton? I’m excited to see this kid develop. Stealing one off of Molina after 3 throws over to first isn’t bad.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      You nailed it Jm. Had we seen a typical throw from Yadi (on the bag)…Hamilton was toast.
      But we didn’t. Did Hamilton’s speed cause him to release it quicker and result in a throw up the line? I am guessing yes. This is gonna’ be fun. I think Yadi’s grin said it best.
      Hamilton 1 – Molina 0.

    • alan3008 - Sep 5, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      You have to rush your release and be on the bag with your throw to get a guy with that type of speed.

  5. contraryguy - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Never mind Billy’s post-game interviews, where he sounds just a little too much like Chris Tucker. “Are we green?”

  6. bsbiz - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Note that by the time a hard hit ball makes it to the wall, Hamilton is already touching home.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Note that he would have scored from 1st on that hard hit ball! Lol! Dude has blazing speed.

  7. joshfrancis50 - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    That whole game felt like playoff baseball. Good times.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      Yep…wonderful game Josh. Intense…loud. A Pitcher’s duel. Great stuff!

  8. grumpyoleman - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    I’m waiting for someone like the Plimpton wannabe to explain to us why stolen bases don’t matter now either.

  9. alan3008 - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Okay he can run and steal bases, but can he hit?

  10. alan3008 - Sep 5, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Molina is a great catcher, but here’s how you do it:
    Campaneris was dead meat. Bench was the best ever, defensively, and the best all-around catcher ever.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Meh…he looked safe to me.

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