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Baseball Fever Policy

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Billy Hamilton- The Next Rickey Henderson?

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  • Billy Hamilton- The Next Rickey Henderson?

    Interesting blog post on Yahoo:

    The skinny, he's only in high A ball, but he looks like he may be the most terrifyingly fast players we've seen in some time. Last season: 103 sbs in 133 attempts (for a solid 77% rate) over just 135 games. They HAVE to know he's going to go, and he's still swiping them. He's swiped 31 bases in 38 tries (84%) this season, in just 26 games.

    He's also Baseball America's #48 prospect. But he's far from perfect (and probably not Rickey). He's still low in the system, but he does strike out a bunch, and his defense has not been very good (39 errors, .932 fielding % last year, 8 errors, .922 fielding % this year).

    Is he the next Rickey? Probably not. But an amazingly fast player who will sell tickets and terrorize opposing catchers? Possibly.
    Religion: Yankeeist

    "Hanging out with him sucks because all the women flock to him. Let's see, he's been on the cover of GQ, is rich and famous, hits for average and power and is a helluva nice guy." - Tim Raines on Derek Jeter

  • #2
    Originally posted by RubeBaker View Post

    Is he the next Rickey? Probably not. But an amazingly fast player who will sell tickets and terrorize opposing catchers? Possibly.
    Hopefully. Phenomenal speed coupled with super aggression on the paths is part of what makes this game so much fun to watch.

    PS- The Billy Hamilton we all know was perhaps the *first* Rickey, not the next.


    • #3
      He's got a great name, anyway.
      Shalom, y'all!
      What's the rumpus?


      • #4
        Originally posted by csh19792001 View Post
        PS- The Billy Hamilton we all know was perhaps the *first* Rickey, not the next.
        Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
        He's got a great name, anyway.
        Just to clarify for those who don't know:
        Religion: Yankeeist

        "Hanging out with him sucks because all the women flock to him. Let's see, he's been on the cover of GQ, is rich and famous, hits for average and power and is a helluva nice guy." - Tim Raines on Derek Jeter


        • #5
          It was cool watching him here in Dayton last year.
          Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
          Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
          Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
          Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
          Robin Bill Ernie JEDI


          • #6
            Can he break Vince Coleman's Minor's record with 145? He's on pace (although Coleman missed the first month with a broken hand).
            Lou Gehrig is the Truest Yankee of them all!


            • #7
              Maybe he will be the next Billy Hamilton.
              Chop! Chop! Chop!


              • #8
                This Billy Hamilton looks more like the next Vince Coleman. Hamilton has a 105 BB/254 K ratio so far in the minors. In the minors Rickey had a 240 BB/175 K ratio. This Billy Hamilton is 21 years old and is still only in high A-ball. When Rickey was 21 he was in his second season in the majors and leading the AL in steals with 100, was an All-Star, and finished 10th in the AL MVP voting. When Vince Coleman was 21 he was also in A-ball.
                Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis


                • #9
                  Yea, no way he'll be the next Rickey Henderson. Hopefully he develops a decent bat and sticks around the majors for a while, because I've never seen any true speed demons play (Henderson, Wills, Coleman, etc.)
                  Rest in Peace Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)


                  • #10
                    Bill Hamilton's IPHR. About 14 to 15 seconds long. Which is fast.

                    Billy Hamilton's SB


                    • #11
                      The next Wily Taveras maybe. If he's lucky.
                      My top 10 players:

                      1. Babe Ruth
                      2. Barry Bonds
                      3. Ty Cobb
                      4. Ted Williams
                      5. Willie Mays
                      6. Alex Rodriguez
                      7. Hank Aaron
                      8. Honus Wagner
                      9. Lou Gehrig
                      10. Mickey Mantle


                      • #12
                        Maybe he will be the next Herb Washington?
                        I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                          The next Wily Taveras maybe. If he's lucky.
                          Outside of the fact that he's nothing like Taveras, sure.


                          • #14
                            He really strikes out too much. especially for a small man.

                            that is the problem with aluminum bats. everyone can be a power hitter with them. he probably realized that he could hit HRs if he swings hard enough. but with wood that is not working.
                            little guys like him need to go for contact and not trying to take "gangster hacks".

                            It's ok to strike out 100+ but only if you are a 220 pound power hitter. a 150 pound guy with little power should really be able to make contact.
                            also while he certainly is blazing fast don't forget that catchers and pitchers in the majors are much better in preventing steals. so it will be harder to steal that many there.

                            (he has improved on this though this season but of course the sample size is too small to make conclusions. we will see at the end of the year)
                            Last edited by dominik; 05-06-2012, 01:43 PM.
                            I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.


                            • #15
                              Honestly forget hitting he should just learn to field and he'll play 15+ years in the league