WATCH: Cincinnati Reds Billy Hamilton gets first major league hit, steals four bases

  • David Whitlock

Cincinnati Reds minor league base stealing legend Billy Hamilton got his first major league start, a spot CF duty in Houston, and rewarded manager Dusty Baker with his first major league hit.  The 22-year-old switch hitter is best known to date for his 155 stolen bases in the minor leagues in 2012 and hopes to utilize his speed to aid this likely post-season bound Reds ball club.  It was his legs that led to the Astros undoing overall, with four stolen bases on the night, including one in the 13th the led to the go-ahead run of what turned out to be a 6-5 Reds win in 13 innings.  Watch all four steals (courtesy

Hamilton collected three hits on the night and is up to 9 SB in only eight games played.  If I were Dusty Baker, I might mix him in a little bit more, if things like scoring runs and winning games were important!

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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