Holy Crap, This Freaking Billy Hamilton Catch

Bryan Brandom
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No, Cardinals fans. It’s not deja vu.

Billy Hamilton just has a knack for taking dingers away from Matt Carpenter at Busch Stadium.

Not many insane robberies have a dismount to match the catch itself.

The aerially inclined Hamilton has done this to the Cards infielder before, back on April 15, 2016.

Carpenter was a good sport about his being victimized once again, even in a 9-1 defeat.

“That was a pretty remarkable catch,” Carpenter told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was a great play, no doubt about it.

“Any time I hit a ball in his direction, I don’t feel good about it. This is the third time in my career — there were two ‘for sure’ homers and one that I thought was going to be a homer. The ball I hit in the gap in the first inning is a double 90 percent of the time.

“He’s just a great defender. I wished he played second base.”

The 27-year-old center fielder’s speed is just about his only asset, in the field and on offense, but he’s working on that.

Hamilton is gunning for the Reds’ leadoff spot, but interim manager Jim Riggleman wants the speedster’s on-base percentage above .320, roughly league average, first.

“I told those guys, ‘That’s my main goal: to get back to the No. 1 spot,'” Hamilton said, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Whatever I’ve got to do to get there, keep having good at-bats, keep coming every day to working hard and get better, and show Jim (Riggleman) that I believe in myself hitting.”

And he’s been on a heater lately, slashing .354/.409/.456 since June 17. His OBP is up to .313 after a miserable start to the year.

With his range on the outfield and thievery on the basepaths — Hamilton’s swiped 252 bags over the last four and a half seasons — if he can even sniff average with the stick he’d be a star.