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.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.