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Billy Hamilton has been clocked going from home plate to first base at 3.3 seconds, which (if our math is correct) means that he's about as fast as an F-22 fighter jet. Math was never our strong suit. He might be even faster going from third to home -- he scored a run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Cardinals that only he could score. There are questions surrounding whether Hamilton can hit enough to stay in the major leagues, but if he keeps making plays like this, he just might earn a permanent spot on the Reds' roster fairly soon.

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Is the Reds' future bright?

The Cincinnati Reds finished off the regular season with a five-game losing streak, a tailspin that ended with their loss to the Pirates in the NL wild-card game. It's not all bad for the Reds -- Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo both had excellent years, and new addition Billy Hamilton wowed fans and catchers alike with 13 steals in as many games. Still, it's beginning to seem like time is running out for the Reds' current core, although manager Dusty Baker will have at least one more year to try for a World Series win.

Will the Reds ever make a World Series with their current core?

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  • Dusty Baker will reportedly return as Reds manager. Is this a good move?

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  • What did Pirates fans cause Johnny Cueto to do by chanting his name during the second inning of Tuesday's wild-card playoff?

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  • Which Ohio team will be more successful over the next five years?

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  • How many bases will Billy Hamilton steal next season if he starts in the majors?

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Billy Hamilton steals four bases

Billy Hamilton is the kind of player who seems destined to set records -- he's the fastest player baseball has seen in a long time and has great intelligence on the basepaths. On Wednesday night, Hamilton became the first player to steal four bases in his first major league start, nabbing two of them on pitchouts. Hamilton has only nine plate appearances this season, but his time as a pinch runner has allowed him to steal nine bases already, undoubtedly making Reds fans eager to see what he can do in the postseason.

  • How should the Reds use Billy Hamilton in the postseason?

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  • Billy Hamilton stole four bases in his first major league start on Wednesday. Will he ever steal 100 bases in a season?

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  • Which is more exciting to watch?

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  • Are the Reds a legitimate World Series threat?

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Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton broke the minor league single-season steals record of 145 Tuesday night. Would Hamilton be able to steal a similar volume in the majors?

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