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Billy Hamilton is on the Wild Card roster

Oct 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Given the 20+ years of pent up playoff tension and and a matchup of two comparably-talented division rivals, tonight’s Reds-Pirates wild card game was already bound to be an exciting one. It just got more exciting:


You never know what’s gonna happen, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask the Baseball Gods to make this game come down to a Hamilton pinch running appearance, followed by a stolen base followed by a single to center and a play at the plate with Andrew McCutchen trying to gun down Hamilton.

Don’t even care how it ends. Just want to see that. Please?

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM


  2. paperlions - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    As a Cardinal fan, the specter of Hamilton is horribly frightening to me. Every time the guy comes up it seems like there is extra pressure to get him out as any kind of hit may as well be a double…and he can advance a base on even the most trivial of bobbles….and probably on a pop up or a hard grounder to a drawn in IF. His existence on the other team makes me tense….I’d rather see him in the line up that pinch running….just because of the drama of each of his PAs.

  3. tcostant - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    If the Reds win, I think he will be on the roster from the rest of the playoffs. He is such a weapon, how can you holster it.

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      And if they lose, he won’t be on the roster for the rest of the playoffs.

  4. kevinbnyc - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Billy Hamilton has nothing on Sid Bream.

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      Except about 30 years of youth.

      • paperlions - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        …and about 30 mph

  5. jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    All of the “will he or won’t he” drama concerning Hamilton and the roster is not answered. This is a one game roster, they are only carrying 2 starters today. Even Derrick Robinson made the team for this game.
    The big question is will Dusty keep him on instead of an extra bullpen arm if he has to make a roster for more than one game.

    • stoutfiles - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      I’d rather move Choo to left and start Hamilton in center then keep Ludwick in there. His offense has been pitiful since coming back from injury.

      • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        This is Dusty Baker we’re talking about. He’s going to go with the veteran, and just hope that there’s an opportunity to use Hamilton today. Just like he won’t put Chapman out until the 9th, (I’m praying he actually gets used in these playoffs, unlike last year).
        Like or hate it, it’s the way Dusty manages and it’s sadly predictable. I can’t blame him much though for not starting Hamilton. The kid is young and I think most will agree his few at bats this September were probably above what should be expected. As little importance as people give to things like pressure impacting a guy’s performance, I do think it’s a bit much to run Hamilton out there for 4-5 PA in a hostile place in a win or go home environment. The only way Hamilton starts this post season is if Ludwick struggles to epic proportions or is hurt.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Wow…didn’t see this one coming!


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