Billy Hamilton stole five bases in the Reds’ loss


Missed this in my quick pass through the box scores this morning, but Reds’ outfielder Billy Hamilton stole five bases in yesterday’s game.

Batting ninth, he singled in the third inning and stole second and third base. He doubled in the sixth inning and stole third base. Then, in the tenth inning he walked and stole second and third. All that base stealing and he only scored once, however. And of course the Reds lost.

Sort of a microcosm of Hamilton’s life in the big leagues, where he has stolen 100 bases in 219 career games and has only been caught 28 times. Which is pretty spiffy until you look at the overall results in which he has only gotten on base at a .289 clip.

Flashy and fun but a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing.

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