Billy ‘The Slid’ Hamilton Is Back | Just In Time To Help The White Sox Wreak Playoff Havoc On The Bases

Billy ‘The Slid’ Hamilton Is Back | Just In Time To Help The White Sox Wreak Playoff Havoc On The Bases

Chicago White Sox outfielder Billy Hamilton did not play a game in August due to an injury. But the speedster is back healthy and is ready to be a key player off the bench for one of the top teams in the league.

Hamilton is known around the league for his legs (he holds the record for stolen bases in a minor league season at 155!) and he is an elite defender.

 

 

In his first year with the White Sox, Hamilton has added depth to a talented outfield. His ability to track down balls puts the White Sox in positions to win games.


Our MLBbro returned to action on September 4 after not playing since July 30.

Hamilton struck out in his lone at bat against the Kansas City Royals. Now that Hamilton is back on the roster, he’ll see a more reserved role coming off the bench.


He can provide energy the team needs and he can make game changing plays. 

On the season he has a .224 batting average with 19 runs scored, 11 RBI, and eight stolen bases.

There’s a good chance that Hamilton will see a lot more action during September as the White Sox are in a comfortable position to win the division.

Now when the playoffs come, Hamilton will need to stay ready for when his number is called. 

Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, he will have an opportunity to show how much of an impact he has on the team.

Hamilton is the type of player who makes an impact even when he’s not playing.

When he was hurt, he was a big presence in the dugout.

“He’s part of why there’s a really good vibe on this club,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa told NBC Sports Chicago when Hamilton was injured. “You see it in the dugout. But he’s in the clubhouse, wherever he is, he’s surrounded by people that have fun with him.”

 

Hamilton is a likeable guy and he’s someone who brings that positive energy the team needs.

“These guys have a lot of confidence, these guys want to perform every single day. All I hear them talking about is winning and being confident, so I kind of fit in right away with those guys,” Hamilton said back in May.

 

 

“We feel every day is like a championship game, our last game. We want to come in and win every single game, and that’s what I love about this team,” he said.  “And the confidence walking around the clubhouse, how we carry ourselves over here, everybody’s walking around with so much passion and so much confidence. It’s just fun to be a part of.”

There’s no question that the White Sox are one of the most talented teams in the league and Hamilton understands his role on the team.

Don’t sleep on our MLBbro, Hamilton is still a threat out there on that field.

 

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

#HIGHFIVE | Top 5 Black & Brown MLB Players (Week 9)

Marcus Semien was a man possessed throughout the entire month of May. He was in a zone that landed him the American League Player of the Month award after leading all of baseball in hits, OBP, and WAR. 

That earns him the top spot on Week 9 of our #High Five list.

 

1. Marcus Semien 

Semien made a strong case to be the American League starter at 2nd base in next month’s Summer Classic All-Star Game in Denver.  He launched eight home runs, tied for 3rd in the league with 23 runs scored, and led all of baseball with 42 hits, a 1.130 OPS. and a 2.3 WAR.

He made sure to close out the month on a high note by hitting .417 with seven runs and six walks in his last seven games.  He even extended his hit streak to 10 games after recording a hit and two runs in Wednesday’s game against Jazz Chisholm and the Miami Marlins.

 

 

The Blue Jays are migrating out of Florida and have begun playing games in Buffalo; bringing them a little closer to the Toronto faithful.  Semien will look to keep the party going a little higher up on the east coast.

 

2. Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton has helped bring some much-needed sauce and energy to the South Side of Chicago.  Injuries have riddled their outfield yet Hamilton’s play has been exemplary and a key reason why Chicago is holding fort atop the American League Central.

 

 

Hamilton is known for being one of the greatest base stealers of our generation but flexed his power this past weekend by hitting his first two home runs of the season in back-to-back games against Cedric Mullins and the Baltimore Orioles. He’s come a long way since his minor-league base saga.

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Tuesday Hamilton gave us one of the most exciting plays of the year when he hit a little league home run against the Indians.  It was ultimately scored a double with a few errors, but at the end of the day, he made it around the bases with one swing.  

He crushed a ball to the right center field wall and dashed around the bases.  After a throw to the catcher was misplayed, Billy charged into home plate and scored after diving headfirst.  He earned a bloody lip and swollen face for his efforts but he needed every ounce of speed in order to get in safely.

Hamilton and MLBbro teammate Tim Anderson will lead the White as they look to dominate the Tigers during their upcoming weekend series at home.

 

3. Taijuan Walker Mets 

Taijuan Walker ranks 4th in MLB with a .184 ERA.  He’s surrendered just one run in his last 22 innings entering Thursday night against San Diego and MLBbros Trent Grisham and Tommy Pham. Fly Tai has been a consistent force almost every time out, allowing just 10 runs in 49 innings entering Thursday. If the Mets said they knew they were getting a potential Cy Young candidate when they picked up Walker to be a solid piece in the rotation, they’d be lying.

 

 

But that’s exactly how the melanated mound marauder is dealing. 

4. Tommy Pham 

Speaking of Tommy Pham, after a slow start he’s really found a groove and his veteran presence has been a big part in the San Diego Padres fight for the National League West crown early on this year.  

In his last seven games, Pham’s recorded nine hits and four RBI while posting a .321 batting average.

 

 

Last Saturday night he went 2 for 4 with two walks, a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and got to take home the biggest gold chain in baseball, the Padres swag chain which is earned after players go deep.

5. Cedric Mullins

The Baltimore center fielder has been one of the most consistent players in baseball through the first two months.  He has hits in nine of his last 10 games with a .333 batting average during his current run.  

 

Mullins was a huge factor in the Orioles’ two-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.  He began their game Wednesday with a leadoff triple on his way to going 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base.  This week he reached 100 total bases in a season for the first time in his career and he still has a long way to go.

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All Betts Are Off For LA Outfielder As Slump Continues 

Mookie Betts’ numbers do not resemble those from years past, and his struggles are becoming more noticeable. This season through 45 games, Betts is batting .247 with 44 hits, 18 RBIs, and 27 runs. 

 Seems like good numbers, right?

Well not if you are familiar with the back of this former MVP’s baseball card.

Betts led the Dodgers to their first World Series Championship in 32 years during the 2020 pandemic-shortened season, where he batted .292 with 64 hits, 47 runs, and 39 RBIs in only 55 games.

His success garnered him a second-place finish in the National League MVP race, while also earning him a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. Don’t forget his elite performance against the Tampa Bay Rays, where he homered to open the series in Game 1 and to close the series in Game 6.

 

 

It’s still early in the season, but Betts is moving past the slow start zone into “down year” territory.

What Happened?

Fans point to his new vegan diet as the culprit to his struggles.

WATCH: MOOKIE BETTS PROMOTES A VEGAN LIFESTYLE

For those clamoring for an explanation, blame it on father time. 

Betts appeared in 145 or more games in four of his previous five seasons. That’s called wear and tear on the body. Adding insult to injury is just that, injuries! 

In April, he missed four games due to back discomfort. Then he took an upper 90s mile per hour fastball to the inside of his elbow, which left him writhing in pain.

 

 

Don’t forget about the unfortunate two-ball tag that left men cringing across the globe.

 

Over the weekend, Betts missed two of three games due to discomfort in his left shoulder, which he later confirmed after telling the media that the injury has been bothering him throughout the month of May, but that is not the reason for his poor performance as sometimes you do not play well. 


He told the Los Angeles Times, “I have shown that I can play at those high expectations and live by them. I am not mad at it by any means, as I do not mind expectations. It does not scare me at all.”

 

Billy Hamilton Showing That His Wheels & Wood Are Still Active

 

Billy The Slid put on a show this past weekend as he hit home runs in consecutive games to help his Chicago White Sox sweep the Baltimore Orioles.

After flexing his newfound power, the grizzled young veteran displayed his wheels in childlike fashion Tuesday night, with an inside-the-park home run.

 

His double off the wall tied the game at 2-2, and then Hamilton turned on the jets to take the lead with a headfirst slide. The catcher for Cleveland lost the ball when trying to apply the tag.

Later, the play got penciled in as a double and an advance to third base on a bad throw and a run scored on an error. It was electrifying nonetheless.

However, you word the play, it was still impressive.

The guy has always been the prototypical centerfielder whose speed can cover all sorts of range while also going from base to base in a millisecond. Problem is, he couldn’t reach base.

Baseball insiders have always created the narrative that if Hamilton could figure it out at the plate and get on base more, he would take his current team to the next level and his performance is proving everyone right as the Chicago White Sox are leading the American League Central Division at 33-22. 

Hamilton’s resurgence has contributed to his changed persona as he is going from “Billy the blur” to “Billy bats” through two months of play. If he can keep this production up, then those dreams of bringing another World Series Championship to the Southside of Chicago will soon come to fruition.

 

Roman Quinn Out For The Season With Ruptured Achilles 

 

Philadelphia Phillies Outfielder Roman Quinn will undergo surgery this week on his left Achilles tendon. His expected recovery time ranges from nine to 12 months per source.

 

 It seems the 28-year-old suffered the apparent injury as he was rounding third base. After falling to the ground, he showed the heart of a champion by hopping on one leg to score the tying run on May 29 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. 

With a skillset predicated on speed and agility, seeing him go down in that manner is heartbreaking as this is the second time he has suffered an Achilles tear, with the first tear taking place on his right side back in 2013.

His injury history, including both Achilles, reads like a laundry list. 

 He had a torn quad, a torn ligament in his middle finger, a finger contusion, a strained ligament in his elbow, an oblique strain, a groin strain, a broken toe, and a concussion, to name a few.

 The speedy switch hitter through 28 games was averaging .173 with four stolen bases and two RBIs. In 512 career plate appearances, he is batting.228/,306/.355.

 While wishing you a speedy recovery, we at MLBbro.com look forward to seeing Quinn back on the diamond in no time.

Billy Hamilton-Tim Anderson Connection Could Be Swift & Deadly For ChiSox

Billy Hamilton-Tim Anderson Connection Could Be Swift & Deadly For ChiSox

Billy Hamilton once stole 155 bases in the minor leagues but has struggled to hit consistently in his nine years in major league baseball.

Hamilton’s .241 lifetime batting average has hindered the impact he could make on the league, but every now and then he reminds us of his potential game-wrecking ability.

His four-hit game on Wednesday night and the way he murdered the basepaths, giving the White Sox a speedster at the bottom of the lineup to match Tim Anderson’s top-of-the-order spice, was dope. Even if it was — in the words of the great Luther Vandross — “only for one night.”

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