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.