OBP Leagues: Grey’s Outfielders

From being a consumer of Razzball for a few years, I’m sure many of you already are in or know of OBP or On-base percentage league(s). Chances are if you’re playing in an OBP league, you’re playing with some seasoned teams. The metric has eased into MLB broadcasts and has become an important measurements as to a players overall worth more so than batting average. However the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Friends & Family Draft Recap — Grey’s Team

I joined Funston, Behrens, Pianowski, Dalton Del Don, Not The Noise (someone drafted using Brad Evans name, but it wasn't him), Rudy, Paul Singman and others. Since Singman writes for us now, we're up to three writers in the Friends & Family draft held at Yahoo. Within ten years, it's going to be 14 Razzball writers vs. Funston, and Funston will prolly still win after only...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Billy Hamilton set to race back into action

A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Sunday: --- SPEED IT UP Reds speedster Billy Hamilton, out since injuring his right shoulder in a collision with the outfield wall March 6, is set to return to the lineup for Cincinnati against the Cubs at Mesa, Arizona. NOT SO BRAWNY Brewers star Ryan Braun will be back in the lineup...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton, In the Red

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, the protagonist, Hester Prynne, is forced to wear a red "A" on her dress as punishment for committing adultery.  Like Ms. Prynne way back in the 1600s, you too will be heavily penalized if you choose to cheat on your fantasy team by drafting Cincinnati Reds' outfielder Billy Hamilton -- a man with a different red letter on his...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #54: Billy Hamilton | OF | CIN

Reserve your FREE copy of Baseball Professor’s 2015 Draft Guide, complete with our list of the Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects. 10,000 words of prospect coverage available on February 17! It’s only fitting that on the week that Billy Hamilton comes up on our Top 200 Countdown, he’s involved in major controversy around the annual Mixed League LABR draft. No, it’s...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Improving Billy Hamilton

Now that football’s officially over for a while, countless sports fans are going to look ahead to the baseball season, with 2015 promising to be The Year Of Mookie Betts. This comes on the heels of 2014, which at one time promised to be The Year Of Billy Hamilton. And, to be fair, it was […]
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Substitution Rules

In September of 2013, Billy Hamilton made his MLB debut. As a pinch runner. It’s wonderful to see Billy Hamilton be a pinch runner. A few days before his 20th birthday, Tim Raines made his MLB debut as a pinch runner, and all six games in his September callup was as a pinch runner. He […]
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds' Billy Hamilton getting stronger for encore season

CINCINNATI (AP) Billy Hamilton set a Reds rookie record by stealing 56 bases last season, tied for second-most overall in the major leagues. He also wore down as the months wore on, with his hitting and stealing showing a big drop-off. So the 6-foot, 160-pound outfielder is on a weight-lifting regimen this offseason, trying to make his body ready for the extra wear-and-tear of a...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds' Hamilton ready for jump start on Year 2

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton is ready for 2015 to get started. The Reds center fielder isn't due to report to the team's Goodyear, Ariz., complex for spring training until Feb. 24 but he's headed out west next week to get a jump start on things. Jump starts and Hamilton are synonymous. What Hamilton and the Reds are really looking for this upcoming season is not just that fast start...
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January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

What Happens When Billy Hamilton is on Third Base?

When I first dreamt this post up, I figured the title would somehow include the phrase, “Billy Hamilton Effect.” That was before I discovered Eno already wrote a post called “Todd Frazier and the Billy Hamilton Effect” back in July. Point is, there are a lot of unusual ways in which Billy Hamilton affects the […]
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Wasn’t Billy Hamilton a Base-Stealing Dynamo?

Shortly before people were making too much of the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer, people were making just enough of the Royals very nearly winning the actual World Series. It was an enjoyable race for a championship, and a part of the Royals’ game that got an incredible amount of attention was their habit of stealing […]
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamilton finishes runner-up in NL Rookie of the Year balloting

CINCINNATI -- There aren't too many things that are slow when it comes to Billy Hamilton but a slow September cost him the National League Rookie of the Year award. New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom won the award, announced Monday night by the Baseball Writers Association of America. deGrom received 26 of the 30 first-place votes and totaled 142 points in the balloting...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom Named NL Rookie of the Year!

2014 NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER! The Baseball Writers Association of America have named Mets righthander Jacob deGrom the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year. He received 26 of the 30 first place votes and was second on the other four. DeGrom beat out Reds OF Billy Hamilton and Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong. “I’m truly honored to receive this award and would like to thank the...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cueto, Hamilton up for NL awards

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is a finalist for National League Rookie of the Year while Johnny Cueto is in the top three in Cy Young voting. The announcements were made on Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers Association of America named their awards finalists. Hamilton is attempting to become the Reds first National League Rookie of the Year since pitcher Scott Williamson...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 MLB Project: Cincinnati Reds

It is always easy for us fans to become an “armchair” general manager of any team, by deciding which players to trade, sign and demote to the minors. Mets360 organized a project, where us bloggers became the general manager of a team for a week. I was assigned the Cincinnati Reds, and had research to do before starting the project. Starting Off When the Reds first come to mind...
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds State of the Farm: Outfield

To view all articles from the State of the Farm Series you can click here. The Cincinnati Reds outfield has one opening in it immediately as left field seems to be up for grabs given how the position was handled in the 2014 season. Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton are both locked up for several more seasons and at the very least, both players have job security for the 2015 season. Louisville...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds' Phillips, Cozart, Hamilton Gold Glove finalists

CINCINNATI -€“ Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart and center fielder Billy Hamilton were all named Thursday as finalists for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove awards in the National League. Phillips is a four-time winner of the award recognizing defensive excellence, including 2013. The Reds led all of Major League Baseball with a .988 fielding percentage and...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom, Travis d’Arnaud Make Baseball America All-Rookie Team

Jacob deGrom and Travis d’Arnaud have been named to the Baseball America All-Rookie Team. Along with the Reds Billy Hamilton, they make up the only three National League players on the list. Here’s how they profiled d’Arnaud: The 25-year-old d’Arnaud lived up to offensive projections, though it took the backstop a floundering first half and return to Triple-A Las Vegas to...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Hamilton had predictable season

Billy Hamilton began the season with a lot of pressure to fill some pretty big shoes worn by his Reds' center field predecessor. Hamilton gave the Reds everything they could have asked for with his glove and his legs in the field. He ranked first among all center fielders in defense according to Unfortunately, his offense did not live up to the fielding. The sad thing...
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds CF Billy Hamilton is the real-life Willie Mays Hayes, but better

CINCINNATI -- In the classic baseball movie Major League, there is a character played by Wesley Snipes named Willie Mays Hayes, whose personal mantra is, "I hit like (Willie) Mays and I run like (Bob) Hayes." Hayes is the movie version of Cincinnati Reds rookie center fielder Billy Hamilton. They even vaguely look alike and certainly are built alike. Hayes, though, can't use his...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamilton's season may be over with concussion

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton's season may have come to a crashing halt Wednesday night. Hamilton did not play in Thursday's 5-3 win by the Reds over Milwaukee at Great American Ball Park because of a concussion suffered Wednesday night. With just three games left in the regular season and the Reds out of the playoff picture, there isn't any reason to push for Hamilton's return if...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds Injury Update: Billy Hamilton exits with concussion

Cincinnati Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton robbed Ryan Braun of a home run on Wednesday night, but it came at a price. C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Hamilton hit his head on the padding at the top of the fence in front of the Reds' bullpen when making the spectacular grab in the third inning. The rookie told Rosencrans that it was difficult to concentrate...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch Billy Hamilton make another great catch

Billy Hamilton was known as an offensive weapon because of his base-stealing ability in the minor leagues, but the speedy Reds rookie has made a big impact defensively in his first season in the big leagues. The latest example came Wednesday night when he ranged far to his right and leapt at the fence to snag a ball off the bat of Ryan Braun in the top of the third inning in Cincinnati...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom Will Be Shut Down, Won’t Make Final Start

ESPN’s Adam Rubin is reporting that Jacob deGrom will be shut down for the season and will not make his final start against the Astros. An organizational source reported the news to Rubin and it appears deGrom’s pursuit of the National Leagues Rookie of the Year Award will end with 22 starts and a brilliant 2.63 ERA. His final record for the 2014 season is 9-6. He pitched 178...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Not DeGrom Or D’Arnaud For NL Rookie Honors?

Why not Jacob deGrom? Or Travis d’Arnaud? Usually, the Rookie of the Year Award goes to hitters, as the writers tend to favor offense and the everyday player. When it comes to that, deGrom’s stiffest competition could come from teammate d’Arnaud, who leads NL Rookies with 13 homers and is second with 40 RBI, despite a .243 average in 102 games. DeGrom: Viable NL Rookie candidate...
Via New York Mets Report
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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