Hamilton could be intriguing All-Star pick

Hamilton could be intriguing All-Star pick

SAN FRANCISCO -- Center fielder Billy Hamilton isn't among the top 15 when it comes to fan balloting for outfielders seeking election to the National League All-Star team. But although he lacks the typical offensive numbers of All-Stars, his unique skill set of speed would make him an intriguing pick. He ranks second in the league in steals (31 entering Thursday) and leads all NL rookies in hits and runs scored.

If there's a one-run game to be decided, Hamilton could do it with his legs on the basepaths.

"If you're trying to put your best team together in the game, then you'd take the pieces that would help you win the game off the bench. It might be a guy like that," manager Bryan Price said earlier this month.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.

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