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Baker stumping for Hamilton call-up

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08:13 AM ET 08.23 | Are the Reds about to add some speed on the base paths? Dusty Baker was duly impressed with Billy Hamilton breaking Vince Coleman's all-time minor league stolen base record of 145. Hamilton was at 147 steals after stealing four bases in the doubleheader for Double-A Pensacola Tuesday. "I know the guys who records he broke," Baker said. "I know Vince Coleman. I know Donnel Nixon. That's a tremendous feat." ... Baker again hinted that Hamilton could be with big league club in September. "It's been discussed," Baker said. "It's not my decision. You've got a lot [of factors] here. Once you put him on the roster, you've got to keep him on the roster ... We've asked about him big time. But there's more factors."

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August 23, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Wait for the minor league season to end, then bring him up as a pinch runner.

August 23, 2012  10:40 AM ET

::tumbleweeds::

August 23, 2012  10:52 AM ET

If they're waiting until the September call ups, let's hope the Reds don't lose a couple of vital games between now and then because Dusty didn't have this guy available!

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August 23, 2012  11:15 AM ET

Until Hamilton can injure himself in the stupidest way possible (e.g. getting caught in the rain tarp) he's got a long way to go to catch Coleman.

August 23, 2012  11:48 AM ET

They will not bring him up until sometime in 2013 maybe Septemberm they do not want to use an option on him next year

August 23, 2012  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wait for the minor league season to end, then bring him up as a pinch runner.

hamilton could be the secret weapon for the reds,,, who knows??

August 23, 2012  12:23 PM ET

Can't wait to see this guy in the Bigs!!!!

August 23, 2012  12:24 PM ET

Your are right on it davered, the Reds are not about to use a valuable option on this young man. Some of the guys commenting here don't get it, the Reds are in first, don't mess with the chemistry they have now, and let him start out at Triple A next year, get more experience, and then if he is doing well then bring him up.

August 23, 2012  05:15 PM ET
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They will not bring him up until sometime in 2013 maybe Septemberm they do not want to use an option on him next year

Ala you can't be a secret weapon when all of baseball is talking about him. And second he will not be on the Reds playoff roster.

August 23, 2012  07:04 PM ET
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They will not bring him up until sometime in 2013 maybe Septemberm they do not want to use an option on him next year

why crying too much? let the franchise make the right move, bring him up now and he should be the lethal weapon for the reds offense,,,

August 23, 2012  07:06 PM ET
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If they're waiting until the September call ups, let's hope the Reds don't lose a couple of vital games between now and then because Dusty didn't have this guy available!

this franchise can't afford to waste this type of talent in their minors,, just bring him up now and let the time give him the best shot,,,

August 23, 2012  07:09 PM ET
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Ala you can't be a secret weapon when all of baseball is talking about him. And second he will not be on the Reds playoff roster.

seen him its one thing,, to have him in your roster its a totally different thing, the speed elemt can cause tremendous turmoil in the reds offense distraction its too much for the pitchers and this guy should make those pitchers to work deeper in their counts,,,

 
August 23, 2012  07:09 PM ET
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