It’s hard to leave a worse impression than the one Dozier left on Mets fans. Billy Hamilton has asked us to hold his beer as he runs into an out.
Hamilton is yet another guy I remember seeing some talk on Twitter about in regards to who the Mets should add. Those fans were probably stuck a few years in the past. Hamilton hasn’t been very good for quite some time.
What Hamilton can bring to the field are unmatched speed and superb defense. Those two weapons were always what made him a major leaguer. Without them, he’s not getting past Triple-A.
In what might be one of Brodie Van Wagenen’s biggest trade blunders, the Mets panicked and traded for Hamilton early on in the 2020 season. They gave up their 14th ranked prospect to land Hamilton. The results are an eyesore.
In 25 trips to the plate, Hamilton slashed .045/.083/.045. He had just a single hit. What made his tenure in New York so much worse is how poorly he ran the bases. He was caught on at least two occasions making critical outs with his legs.
Like Dozier, Hamilton wasn’t brought in to do much else other than give the Mets a little depth. Considering his performance, the team would have been better off with just about any minor leaguer. Is Tim Tebow still around?
Hamilton’s time with the Mets will be forgotten one day. Hopefully, it comes sooner than later because what he gave the team was nothing but trouble—and a few ill-timed outs.