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There's a self-admitted substance that's been pivotal to Billy Hamilton's success this season and it comes in a green can courtesy of PepsiCo. It goes by the name of Mountain Dew and the carbonated beverage has been helping turn the wheels of the Reds minor league prospect all year long. "It's the Dew. There's something about Mountain Dew that gets me amped up," Hamilton said. "I feel like if I drink Mountain Dew, everything in my body gets ready to go. It helps me steal bases. Even the coaches will bring it to me." Hey, marketing reps for Mountain Dew, are you listening? You seem to have a perfect fit for a celebrity endorsement in Hamilton -- he's wired, fully-charged and unique just like everyone's favorite drink from the '90s is. Whether the citrus-flavored beverage can be fully credited with Hamilton's superior speed remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, the 22-year old Hamilton was born to run. After swipin...
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The folks at BaseballAmerica.com released their Midseason Top 50 Prospects list late last week and one Reds farmhand made the cut. As you may imagine, that one prospect is none other than speedy shortstop, Billy Hamilton, of the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze. The switch-hitting Hamilton ranked as the 27th overall prospect on BA's list.Hamilton currently sports a slash line of...
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Can this guy flat-out fly or what? Billy Hamilton has speed to burn, folks. His wheels were on full display on Sunday as the Reds prospect legged out a triple in the MLB Futures Game in Kansas City.
Over the past few days I sat down and watched some games on Milb.tv when Bakersfield was in San Jose. It was a three game series and Billy Hamilton made the most of it. He went 6 for 13 with 4 walks and 1 strikeout in the series.
Hamilton was incredibly patient at the plate in this series. He looked at plenty of strikes, but he swung at maybe 3 pitches outside of the...
Free Todd Frazier!
As the Reds
closed out the mythical first half of the season with a win in San Diego on
Sunday to head into the All-Star Break, fans were left with the
all-too-familiar frustration of seeing Todd Frazier ride the bench while Scott
Rolen flailed away in the lineup.
Dusty Baker was short with reporters when asked about his...
Lotzkar pitching for Pensacola
There's a really good Canadian-born player on the Cincinnati Reds roster in Joey Votto, but the organization also boasts a pretty good Canadian-born prospect in the minor league ranks as well. His name is Kyle Lotzkar and he was recently mentioned in Jim Bowden's piece that featured a list of Futures Game players who could be used as...
The accolades keep raining down on the newest member of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, SS Billy Hamilton. His blazing speed and thievery of bases (105 now in 2012) have continued to elevate his ranking on several midseason top prospect lists.
Keith Law of ESPN.com released his updated Top 50 Prospects list on Thursday and tabbed the fleet-footed Hamilton as the 27th best prospect...
And no, this isn’t a post about Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman.
Randall Munroe, the guy behind the web comic XKCD, has launched a new weekly feature where he will answer science questions submitted by readers. Today’s–the first one–just so happens to focus on baseball.
What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of … [visit site...
7/8 Game Review
Louisville won 3-2. Box Score
Henry Rodriguez went 1-4 with a run.
Mike Costanzo went 2-3 with a walk and a run.
Neftali Soto went 1-3 with a walk.
Bill Rhinehart went 1-3.
Cody Puckett went 2-3 with a run.
Sean Gallagher threw 6 shutout innings with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.
Jordan Smith threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
The Bats got some help...
Brandon Phillips is a three-time Gold Glove winner, but that doesn't mean he is actually allowed to wear a gold glove on the field. Rawlings, who has the naming rights to the Rawlings Gold Glove award, is suing glove manufacturer Wilson for giving the Reds second baseman a glove painted gold to play with. It has "metallic gold-colored webbing, stitching and lettering,"...
The Reds escaped San Diego with a win in their final game of the series, of the west coast road trip, of the first half. They roll into the All Star Break with a 47-38 record and in second place in the NLC behind the Pirates.
Johnny Cueto started out strong in last night’s game but didn’t end up lasting very long, pitching just 5.2 innings. He still got the win, though...
Louisville 3 Toledo 2
Bats (33-59), Last place International League West, 24.0 GB
-Sean Gallagher tossed six shutout innings. J.J. Hoover (W 3-0, 1.53) got the win, allowing one earned run in 1.1 innings. Jordan Smith got the save (11).
-3B Mike Costanzo was 2-3, with a run scored. DH Dioner Navarro recorded the only RBI.
Mobile 20 Pensacola 3
Blue Wahoos ...
This week we’re joined by the hosts of the Head First Slide Podcast, longtime Reds fans Richard and Greg.
In this week’s show:
Week in Review, the West Coast trip that could have been, quality starts streak and Drew Stubbs
Redleg Weekly Poll Question
We love you Scotty, but it’s time you beamed yourself into retirement.
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The National League trounced the American League in last night’s All Star Game: final score NL 8, AL 0. Joey Votto continued his 0-for-ASG streak, though the NL has won all of the ASGs he’s been in. Jay Bruce also didn’t get any hits, but caught the last out of the game. Aroldis Chapman only put in 0.1 innings, but he was pitching for Tony LaRussa after all.
Anybody out there who believes the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to win the National League Central please raise your hands and if you are from the Pittsburgh area, put your hands down.Of course, the Chicago Cubs can be eliminated right now because the Cubs are usually eliminated on Opening Day and are so far out of it right now that they need Mount Palomar to see first place.And...