The below quote from Mitch Williams is something that was reportedly said on MLB Network, via the @HeardOnMLBT Twitter account. If you don't know anything about baseball, Billy Hamilton stole a minor league record 155 bases last season. In 2011, he stole 103. This season in the minors, he stole "only" 75.
"To me, Billy Hamilton doesn't look that fast on the bases." - Mitch Williams (h/t @ZP025)— Heard on MLB Tonight (@HeardOnMLBT) September 19, 2013
Wednesday night in Houston, Hamilton got his first start for the Reds, playing center field after being used almost exclusively as a pinch runner throughout his brief major league career. Hamilton stole four bases, pushing his season total in the majors to nine. Every time Hamilton has gotten on base in his major league career so far, either as a pinch runner or a batter, he's stolen a base, except for in his first at bat last night when he doubled and scored when Shin-Soo Choo singled on the second pitch of his at bat.
Oh, and he consistently got from first to second on Wednesday night between 2.98 and 3.03 seconds, faster than Rickey Henderson in his prime. So Mitch, does he still not look fast on the basepaths?
UPDATE: MLBN has provided us the full quote of Williams' commentary, which is basically the same sentiment. But in fairness, we'll post the full quote:
"To me, he just doesn’t look that fast on the basepaths, but from home to second right there, he looked like he was flying."
Okay people. Calm down. First of all, the way a person runs, and how they run on the base paths may look slower than they actually are. Oh, and for those who haven't figured it out by now, just because this kid is "faster" than whomever, doesn't mean much. It's how he plays the game, and if he can't hit, throw, and most importantly read pitchers, then him being "fast" is a moot point.
@JasonDK_ what a freaking moron. How does he seriously have a job?
@stanfordtj Exactly. The guy is paid to talk baseball, and he dismisses a guy who is faster than Rickey Henderson in his prime. Unreal.
@JasonDK_ who only has a job bc 1)he played the game and 2)bc he's a blowhard.