You know, Billy Hamilton sure knows how to make the highlight reels. Check out this incredible catch, as Hamilton robbed Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani of a sure double.

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  1. Great catch. Good way to break a wrist in a spring training game. Did you see his glove hand roll up under him. Close one.

  2. He will have significant trade value at the deadline as a high leverage late inning defensive/ base running situational weapon for a playoff contender.

  3. Unfortunately, he then led off the offensive day for the Reds with a weak pop up on the first pitch he saw….

    • Hi guys, can I just check if there’s something I’m doing that’s causing my comments to go into moderation? I’ve posted on the site for years with no problems, no issues with other commenters, etc. (Another, possibly related issue: for the first time ever, my details aren’t remembered from visit to visit; I have to type in email address, name, and website for every comment. Same browser and device as always, but new problem. Thanks!)

      • Some changes with the software are causing hiccups with the commenting system. Let me know if you continue having problems. I don’t think there is anything you’re doing wrong (although your last comment was under the name “Eric the Rec”).

        • Eric the Rec should probably have all of his comments moderated πŸ™‚ Is there an email or something I should use to let you know if I have trouble going forward?

          • It’s been weird the past few weeks. Lots of regular commenters – even our authors – are having comments put into moderation.

      • Same thing happened to me last year.

      • Also, after making a comment, the page resets to the top of the page, then you have to scroll back down to where you were to continue reading.

    • He has a lot of company in the not-hitting-in-spring-traiing category.

  4. Beautiful, but how mad would we be if he’d dislocated his shoulder and missed four months? I hate seeing stuff like this in spring training.

  5. Not even when he does something great the kid gets a break…meanwhile, Votto is perfect. A perfect 0 for 18.

    • That basically means he’s going to hit .425 when the regular season starts. Either that, or he’s on strike until management gets off their collective duff and tries to do something interesting.

      • Sure, he will. With 156 Hrs and 344 RBIs. Because he’s …….well…..perfect.

    • The difference is last year VOTTO’ OPS was 1032, Billy’s 634.
      Joey MVP Candidate most years, Billy one of the worst batters in baseball.
      Joey get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to offense.
      Billy gets in on the D.

      • Another difference; $23 mm against $5, or that one is supposed to hit as a 1b and the other is a CF who Plays great D, steals bases and is offensively flawed. And yes (stand up and applaud) Votto is a great player .(feel better?)

        My point is though, this post is supossed to be about a GREAT play by Billy, one that was the talk in MLB media yesterday. One that talk positive things about the Reds (little to none nowadays). Yet, the only talk in here is about OPS or OBp. SMH.

        • It was a great play by Billy, I was just saying for ST, cut Joey some sack on the O’fer.
          This play is an example of Billy’s value.

          • I don’t worry at all about Joey’s O’fer. A point to consider: If Winker is getting a significant amount of playing time, as he should, Billy’s ability to cover the gaps will become more critical.

  6. That was a fabulous, athleitc catch, One that only Hamilton can make, but the Old Cossack cringed when he rolled over his glove. That’s an injury that doesn’t fully heal for an entire season.

    One unique circumstance on that play was that Revere was playing LF and actually had an easier play on the ball, probably without even leaving his feet. The CF has the right-of-way on the play and Revere appropriately yielded to Hamilton flying at full speed across the OF. Duvall has pretty good speed but not in the class of Revere, so normally, that would be Hamilton’s play to make as the only possibility.

    • I agree, that play was a lack of communication, Revere actually could have caught that ball without breaking stride.

    • I agree with you but looking at it a few times, it would have been a tough play for Revere in my opinion. Not sure he should have called for it in that situation.

  7. I don’t think anyone will knock Hamilton’s defense. I’d argue he’s one of the 3 best CF in the game defensively.

    • Personally I think he’s the best in the game,so fitting because last yr. against the Nats. I believe first pitch of game he races back on his horse and crash’s into the fence and makes a incredible catch to start the game off

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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