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.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.