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Cincinnati Reds plan to run more in 2014

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Under new manager Bryan Price, the Cincinnati Reds plan to run more in 2014.

The Reds will tout a powerful lineup once again, though it will be without last year’s lead-off hitter thanks to Shin-Soo Choo‘s departure for the Texas Rangers.

The easy reason to embrace a run-more philosophy? Having Billy Hamilton at the top of the lineup each day.

But as Price explains to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, this philosophy has more to it than Hamilton’s presence:

“I know that we need to be able to create scoring opportunities, especially in that bottom third of our lineup…Being station to station didn’t give us as many opportunities to score as I would have liked. We have to be somewhat creative.”

Crasnick also notes that Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier will be candidates to run more and put the heat on opposing teams.

In the end, if you think of aggression on the bases with the Reds you think of Hamilton. If the youngster can hit and get on base enough, the sky is seemingly the limit for the number of stolen bases he could rack up. And if he does have that impact, there is a whole lot less pressure on everybody else to make things happen on the base paths.

Topics: Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

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