Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has firmly established himself as the fastest player in baseball, entering play Saturday having stolen 42 bases (leading the majors) in 48 attempts. There’s very little he can do that would surprise us at this point.
But, wouldn’t you know it, Hamilton shocked not only the fans at Marlins Park and fans watching at home, but the Marlins themselves when he stole third base as catcher J.T. Realmuto was returning the ball to starter Adam Conley in the top of the third inning. Hamilton reached base in a single and stole second prior to the play. So he’s now at 44 stolen bases in 50 attempts on the year.
MLB.com doesn’t have the embed option for this video (yet, presumably), so click here to watch Hamilton work his magic.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.