Reds prospect Hamilton steals record 146th base

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds

minor leaguer Billy Hamilton bolted to his record 146th stolen base of

the season and kept running Tuesday night, swiping four in the first

game of Double-A doubleheader.

Hamilton added his 147th steal in the

final inning of Pensacola’s 4-2 loss to Montgomery. Hamilton stole 104

in the first half of the season with Class A Bakersfield, then was

promoted to the Southern League.

Hamilton broke the record for steals by

minor league teams affiliated with big league organizations set by Vince

Coleman in 1983 with 145 for Macon in the Class A South Atlantic

League.

The modern major league record was set by Rickey Henderson with 130 in 1982.

Hamilton stole second base in the first

inning, then swiped second and third in the third inning to eclipse

Coleman’s mark. Hamilton made a headfirst slide for the record-breaker

and Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman, who was coaching third base, gave

him a hearty handshake as the crowd rewarded the speedster with a

standing ovation.

Hamilton’s teammates came out of the

dugout to applaud him. Ryan LaMarre, who was batting at the time for the

Blue Wahoos, came down the third base line to congratulate him.

The 21-year-old Hamilton has been

caught stealing 33 times this season. He has forced many errors and

balks while on the bases.

Hamilton has played 120 games this

year. Coleman played 113 games during his record-setting season and was

caught stealing 31 times.