The Chicago White Sox were a brilliant team in 2021 and a lot of people deserve credit for that. There is the general manager Rick Hahn, the manager Tony La Russa, and star players like Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, and Luis Robert amongst many others. However, a depth piece like Billy Hamilton really helped them at times.
Hamilton was added to the roster early in the season for his glove and his speed. However, he spent some time with Tim Anderson who helped him realize that he doesn’t have to just be stuck on those two parts of the game. He can be a good hitter too.
Of course, there were some good moments with his bat in 2021. In fact, there were some good moments in general. It became apparent early in his White Sox tenure that he was going to become a fan favorite as people really enjoyed watching him play baseball.
Hamilton is a really likable guy for a variety of reasons. He is also capable of doing things that help his team win baseball games. That is why he deserves a chance to be on a roster by the time the 2022 season rolls around.
Billy Hamilton deserves a chance to play Major League Baseball in 2022.
It appears that he is going to get this opportunity as he signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. If he breaks camp with the team, it will be his seventh big-league team in the last four years. He deserves to make it.
2021 was an indicator that Hamilton can be effective when he believes in himself and the team around him believes in him. He had that with the White Sox for one year. That is an experience that could help him the rest of the way in his career. Hopefully, that is the case.
This Mariners team is going to be really good. They have made some outstanding upgrades to their team that should give them a chance at ending their postseason drought. If everything goes according to plan, Hamilton could be a really nice bench piece for them in that quest.
Hamilton was amazing for the White Sox and we will remember him forever. It would be nice to see him stick with Seattle and get a chance to play some meaningful baseball on a very good team in 2022.