Aug 21, 2012 11:52 PM
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer Billy Hamilton has set a record by stealing his 146th base of the season.
Hamilton stole three bases for Double-A Pensacola in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday night against Montgomery in the Southern League. Boltin' Billy swiped 104 bases in the first half of the season with Class A Bakersfield, then was promoted.
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.
The 21-year-old Hamilton has been caught stealing 33 times this season. He has forced many errors and balks while on the bases.
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