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Billy Hamilton just scored from third base on a pop fly behind second

Apr 9, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT

OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. It was technically a fly to the outfield — Jon Jay caught it — but it was no more than 20-30 feet beyond the infield dirt. No one scores on a ball that shallow. But Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton did. And he didn’t even look like he was going all-out to do it.

The Reds broadcast of the game said it took Hamilton at 3.2 seconds to go from a dead stop tag-up at 3rd base to home plate. Which, wow, maybe he was going all-out and just didn’t look like he was.

Worth noting that the whole way around the bases was special for Hamilton. He singled, stole second, moved to third on shallow fly ball to right and then came home on this play.

Hamilton needs to get on base more than he does to become a truly effective player, but the man has rockets strapped to his ankles.

  1. ereed1286 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Shoulda brought Beltran back, just sayin.

    • paperlions - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      That would have been a horrible idea. Why pay $45M for 3 years of an old guy that was already one of the worst defensive OFers last year when you have Craig to play there (usually) as well as Taveras and Piscotty close to ready to contribute?

      Jon Jay has about the worst OF arm in the league. Jonny Damon even thinks his throws are weak.

      • jerze2387 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Juan Pierre is insulted you used Johnny Damon as the example.

      • okwhitefalcon - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Barry Bonds is insulted that Juan Pierre was insulted by using Jonny Damon as an example.

    • stlouis1baseball - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      It’s an article (and video) referencing Billy Hamilton’s speed. Billy Hamilton’s world-class speed.
      That in mind…where does Carlos Beltran come in to play? Further, you should know by now (if you follow baseball even a little bit), that the Cardinals don’t typically overspend on players. Especially players in the twilight of their careers. Carlos is right where he belongs. He will get some innings in the field and a huge number of AB’s at the plate. Just sayin.’

  2. jya87 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    even accounting for the bad positioning by the RF, that’s some serious speed.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    “WHAT DO YOU MEAN HE HAS SERIOUS WHEELS?! HAVE YOU EVEN SEEN MY TRUCK!? I BET THAT GUY DOESN’T EVEN LIFT!!”

    -Grant Balfour feeling like you insulted his manhood in your description

  4. musketmaniac - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    understand the value of speed, but this guy hasn’t proved that he can hit double a pitching yet.

    • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      It’s been 7 games (he did pretty well in his short time up last year). If we’re going to go on small sample sizes we can just assume today he proved he can hit big league pitching.
      Truth is, he will need time to adjust, but man it’s exciting when he’s on base.

      • metroplexsouthsider - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        He had same number of PAs all of last year as so far this year. Small sample, both ways. His OPS at AAA Louisville last year was .651. I’d be highly surprised if he broke .700 at the bigs this year, fairly surprised if he does better than that AAA .651 of last year.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Did you suffer a stroke while typing that?

      Should we call the hospital?

    • paulier55 - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Well, he did hit .286 with a .406 OBP in his only AA stint. Just sayin’.

  5. beepbeepbeeplgb - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    awful play by jon jay. flat footed as he caught it, no wonder he’s not starting anymore. as i say that he hits it into a double play, thanks jay!

    • jm91rs - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah he was obviously not thinking Hamilton would even attempt that, which is not smart because that kid is not afraid to do crazy things on the base path.

  6. thomas844 - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    I think the bigger surprise here is the fact that he was on base.

  7. jm91rs - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Just watched the play a few more times, as a Reds fan I hope he doesn’t try that against a better right fielder next time. Jay wasn’t expecting him to run, everyone else will be alert now and probably have a stronger arm than Jay. Great heads up play by Hamilton, just don’t want to see him try that one too often.

  8. okwhitefalcon - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Hamilton’s fun to watch for sure – Jay won’t be the last bad outfielder he takes advantage of.

    Bigger picture, the Reds have a chance to be really good when they get healthy.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how the Cards outfield/bench evolves over the course of the season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see one (maybe 2) of the Taveras/Piscotty/Grichuk triumvirate replacing Jay and/or Robinson as things progress.

  9. motorcitydiddy - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Even if that was all he can do how is a specialist like that not more helpful at actually extending/winning games than the last arm in the pen that only sees cleanup duty? Especially once rosters are expanded.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      If he was strictly a PR, who was only put in for situations that made the most sense and ran just about every time (so everyone would be ready to try to throw him out or pick him off), I think he’d be more valuable than most relief pitchers.

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