PENSACOLA, Fla. — Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton bolted to his record 146th stolen base of the season and kept running Tuesday night, swiping four in the first game of Double-A doubleheader.
Hamilton added his 147th steal in the final inning of Pensacola's 4-2 loss to Montgomery. Hamilton stole 104 in the first half of the season with Class A Bakersfield, then was promoted to the Southern League.
Hamilton broke the record for steals by minor league teams affiliated with big league organizations set by Vince Coleman in 1983 with 145 for Macon in the Class A South Atlantic League.
The modern major league record was set by Rickey Henderson with 130 in 1982.
Hamilton stole second base in the first inning, then swiped second and third in the third inning to eclipse Coleman's mark. Hamilton made a headfirst slide for the record-breaker and Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman, who was coaching third base, gave him a hearty handshake as the crowd rewarded the speedster with a standing ovation.
Hamilton's teammates came out of the dugout to applaud him. Ryan LaMarre, who was batting at the time for the Blue Wahoos, came down the third base line to congratulate him.
The 21-year-old Hamilton has been caught stealing 33 times this season. He has forced many errors and balks while on the bases.
Hamilton has played 120 games this year. Coleman played 113 games during his record-setting season and was caught stealing 31 times.
EDIT: Source - The Sporting News.
Ryan LaMarre is an outfileder that played for UM
Most here are likely (as the baseball fans on this board seem to be predominately Detroit Tiger fans) to remember Jim Joyce as the 1st Base umpire who blew the 9th inning call in what would have been a Perfect Game for Armando Galarraga in the 2010 season. As I recall, what initially was an ugly situation that night quickly evolved into nearly a completely "feel-good' situation when Joyce showed sincere contrition for his bad call, while Galarraga publicly forgave Joyce. Both men showed the Sports World what total class is all about, by taking the high road in a situation where many would struggle.
I just came across this new story about Jim Joyce tonight:
Turns out Joyce stepped up to the plate again in a crisis and proceeded to be instrumental in saving a life. Next time I'm at a ballgame and cuss out an umpire, I'm gonna make sure first that the Ump isn't Joyce, who, IMO, has earned a free pass from me for the rest of his umpiring career!
Hector Gutierrez has committed to play baseball at Michigan, according to Prep Baseball Report:
MI: No. 9 Hector Gutierrez, RHP/SS, Detroit Western International, 2013 commits to play at the University of Michigan.— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 17, 2012
Google led me to little information about Gutierrez. But in addition to being PBR's #9 player in the state of Michigan for 2013, Michigan Baseball Prospects has Gutierrez ranked #7 in their 2013 rankings. So along with Jackson Lamb, this is the second top-10 in-state player that Erik Bakich has landed in the short time since his hiring.
Original caption: Detroit Western Cowboys sophomore pitcher Hector Gutierrez tries to close out the 5th inning during the quarterfinal MHSAA baseball championship game in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Photo source.
After getting a commit from Prep Baseball Report's #14 prospect in the state of Illinois in the 2013 class, Nick Kowalczuk, a couple of weeks ago, Erik Bakich has followed up by nabbing the player ranked #5 in that state, Keith Lehmann. This latest commit was reported earlier today by PBR:
IL: **BREAKING** Keith Lehmann, a RHP/3B from Lyons HS, commits to Michigan. Lehmann is a 1st-team All-Stater, ranked No. 5 overall in IL— Prep Baseball Report (@prepbaseball) August 15, 2012
EDIT: His PBR profile lists his fastball at 87-90 mph. Here's part of their scouting report:
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Lehmann was impressive in all facets of the game, but perhaps his biggest upside is on the mound. His arm works with little effort, as he sat 84-85 mph with his fastball, topping at 86, and with sink. He also showed advanced feel for his 74-75 mph changeup, which had run and sink as well. . . . Overall, Lehmann looks to be a high-level prospect—both as a pitcher and as a position player.
There's also a newspaper article on him from June titled Uniquely versatile junior Keith Lehmann leads title quests that emphasizes his ability/willingness to play multiple positions, including pitching and catching in the same game. Here's an excerpt:
That all-around game will help Lehmann at the next level, wherever that may be. For now, he’s received offers from Big Ten schools among others.
“He can play catcher, he can probably play any position,” [coach George] Ushela said. “He could be an outfielder easily.”
Part of that versatility comes from Lehmann’s mindset. He typically played third base in the field this year, but doesn’t view pitching much differently than any other position.
“I kind of just look at pitching as another position and when you move up you’re usually just a pitcher, but I’m hopefully looking to play the field in college if I play and pitch,” Lehmann said. “I really wasn’t even really a good pitcher up until I got to high school and I realized I could throw hard and then I learned some pitches and got it done.”
Interesting debate on 97.1 going on regarding who the stronger MVP candidate is today: Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout.
My immediate (homer) response was that Cabrera is the obvious selection. But in looking at the numbers as of today:
The contrasting elements in Trout's favor is the speed (base stealing), combined with his possible Gold Glove defense. Trout has higher on-base and slugging %. Cabrera's RBI totals are staggering, however.
I think it'll come down to how their respective teams finish that'll determine the vote. Very close call today.
The latest in a string of Michigan baseball commits for 2013 is Trey Miller, a 6-0, 170-pound shortstop out of Lexington Catholic H.S. in Lexington, Kentucky. Here's one of the tweets announcing his commitment:
Congrats to 2013's Logan Taylor (University of Louisville) and Trey Miller (University of Michigan) on their commitments to great programs!— Lexington Catholic(@KnightBaseball1) August 2, 2012
About the only scouting-type info I could find on Miller was this brief item from a recent Prep Baseball Report post titled Top 15 Uncommitted Players from Midwest Baseball Classic:
Trey Miller, SS, Lexington Catholic HS, Kentucky
True shortstops seem to get more scarce by the week, but the 6-foot, 170-pound Miller showed that he has the feet and arm strength to do it. Aside from all the actiony things he does with his hands, Miller showcases an unquantifiable energy in his legs and feet as he played through the ball.
It seems that he also has some speed on the base paths, given this: