Someone call Billy Hamilton and tell him he’s on the DL.

25 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    This might guarantee Byrd’s option.

    • gaffer

      Not if they trade him. I think the reds actually want Byrd back.

    • Steve Mancuso

      At least he’s not starting today. Skip Schumaker in LF, probably because he was 2-for-2 against Jeremy Guthrie in 2012.

      • Evan armstrong

        They play Byrd and people get upset…they don’t play Byrd and people don’t like whom takes his place… Why can’t we just be fans and sit back and enjoy what is left of the baseball season…

      • jessecuster44

        If the rest of the season is inevitable, why not just lie back and enjoy it? – Not Bobby Knight

      • wildwestlv

        “…probably because he was 2-for-2 against Jeremy Guthrie in 2012”

        Post of the night.

  2. jessecuster44

    Get RID of Byrd! not part of the future.

  3. ohiojimw

    I’ll bet LeCure is back onto the 40 man and simultaneously on MLB waivers and being shopped. A couple of decent outings and they may save the last month of Sam’s salary.

  4. Morgan Mayham

    After last night should of dfa’ed matheus… though axlrod shoul’dt be up here either. And boesch why not duvall? And let me guess tommy john next for billy??

    • ohiojimw

      Boesch is a trap player for the Reds in the setting of this waning season. If he gets regular PT and goes on a AAAA roll like he had in 2014 in the PCL (AAA) and at Louisville this year, somebody is liable to forget his MLB history and what a bust he is as an MLB part timer and take a flyer on him for 2016.

    • pinson343

      After last night they definitely should have DFA’d Mattheus. I don’t want to see his lazy butt in a Reds uniform.

  5. DavidTurner49

    Why bring up Boesch to ride the pine? It’s already clear he can’t hit off the bench. Put him in as regular LFer and see what happens. At least Byrd would not be moving toward 2016 vesting and Grit would be available to PH.

    • pinson343

      I’m for that. Boesch isn’t that old and he was a decent major league hitter for 2 seasons.

  6. Jeremy Conley

    I’ve been a Billy Hamilton supporter here through all of his struggles, going so far as to write that I thought the Reds should extend him for 8+ years after this season.

    However, the thing that worries me most is that he’ll become an injury case over time. He’s so fast, and makes so many crazy plays, while simultaneously being so thin, I just worry that the way he plays will take a heavy toll.

    • pinson343

      Yes and he’s always hurting his hands and wrists sliding into 2nd base.

      I think Billy’s hitting is likely to improve but 8+ years, wow, that’s a huge gamble.

      • pinson343

        PS Hurting his hands and wrists sliding head first into bases, that is.

    • pinson343

      Eric Davis was a big guy with a different type of body, obviously, but he had very little fat and was always making diving catches on the artificial turf, tearing a kidney in the 1990 WS. Would play at most 130 games in a season and seriously disrupted his career.

      • lwblogger2

        And while I like Billy Hamilton, he is not in the same league as a player as Davis was. That is to say, injuries to him may make him nonviable as a MLB player.

  7. james garrett

    We are just playing out the season.Billy on the DL certainly is a concern but bringing up Sam to pitch in blow outs and Boesch to set on the bench doesn’t mean anything.I would love to see somebody else play left the rest of the season other then Byrd or Skip but that won’t happen Best thing to do is just enjoy watching the young guys pitch and hope they get some run support every once in awhile.

    • jessecuster44

      agree. shuffling deck chairs.

  8. Playtowin

    Hamilton can not hit. He won’t be missed in the lineup. He is an excellent fielder. He is perfect for 2 platoon baseball when it comes. I would put Byrd in LF when playing a team in the playoff race. You want to put your best team on the field to be fair to all the contenders. The team should start anyone it wants when playing other stiffs.

    • Michael

      I disagree to a point. He will be missed in the lineup. When Billy gets on base, grant it that it doesn’t happen enough, he is disruptive. He makes the pitcher think about him and not getting our hitters out. Not to mention his valuable gold glove defense. His run saving ability has to be considered when talking about this inept offense that we have.

      As far as being fair to contenders, I couldn’t disagree with that idea more. We don’t owe any team anything. We have an extended spring training opportunity against real major league teams and pitchers. We need to find out if any player we have, outside of Byrd, can play LF and can hit.