From SABR member C. Trent Rosecrans at the Cincinnati Enquirer on August 17, 2016:
Billy Hamilton’s wondering the same thing you were — just how would he do in the 100-meter dash against the world’s best?
“Right now, I probably wouldn’t have a chance with those guys. But if I got out there and trained and learned the techniques… I think I could get with those guys,” Hamilton said on Tuesday. ”But as of right now, I don’t think I’d be able to match those guys. They’re on a different level.”
Hamilton watched Usain Bolt win the 100 meters and many of the other sprints in the Olympics and was – like the rest of us – awed by the athleticism and just how incredibly fast those who train to do nothing but run can actually run.
Surprisingly, Hamilton said he’s never competed in a single track competition in his life — the track season was going on at the same time as baseball, and he preferred to use his spring on the diamond over the track. The last time he can remember being timed in a non-baseball setting was in the ninth grade when he was timed in the 40-yard dash.
Read the full article here: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2016/08/16/could-billy-hamilton-keep-up-usain-bolt/88869430/
Originally published: August 17, 2016. Last Updated: August 17, 2016.