Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton is fast. How fast is he? Fast enough to score on a popup from deep second base? You bet your bottom dollar.
Okay, maybe the pop fly was more in extremely shallow right field, but we’re talking on the brink of being in the second baseman territory here, who after trotting about twenty feet gave way to the right fielder. Regardless of position, it’s safe to say that a player tagging up from third base and scoring from such a location is extremely rare.
But most players don’t have the wheels of Hamilton who decided to test the arm of St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jon Jay and scurry home on the pop up.
It was a ballsy move as even with Hamilton’s insane speed, the play was somewhat close, but the bigger question is how Jay couldn’t get that throw to the plate without a bounce.
It’s unlikely a perfect throw would have nailed Hamitlon, but it would have been a bang-bang play if Jay could have come up with a little better throw. But knowing Hamilton’s speed, he may have rushed things just a bit.
Can’t teach speed.