Billy Hamilton #6
The need for speed is the classic phrase of what elite ball clubs try to complement their team with when assembling a World Series championship-caliber team. The Cincinnati Reds have a young 25-year-old base-stealing wizard named Billy Hamilton who is causing havoc on Major League teams on a daily basis. The speedy Reds centerfielder swiped third base in the second inning for his 50th stolen base of the season off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson and catcher Martin Maldonado, becoming the third player in Reds franchise history with 50+ steals in three seasons (Joe Morgan, five times; Bob Bescher, four). Cincinnati won the ballgame 7-4 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, and Hamilton finished the day with three steals, giving him a Major League-leading 51 steals for the season.
QUOTE: “It’s always good to lead the league in something. For me, just to keep the pace I’m on right now is always good. For me getting on base has been helping me out a lot lately,” Hamilton said.
FACT: In 2014 and 2015, Hamilton had 56 and 57 stolen bases, respectively.