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Josh Hamilton, Reds

6 All of Hamilton's wondrous skills were on display in a 9-3 victory over Colorado on May 6. He hit two homers, made a fine running catch on Hawpe and threw out the fleet Willy Taveras going first to third.

Reds manager Jerry Morron has compared Hamilton to Bo Jackson athletically, although Roy Hobbs also would do nicely. As a thrower, Hamilton's only drawback is a slightly long release.

Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman, in his 34th season in the booth, watches Hamilton and sees a throwback to Dave Parker, Ellis Valentine and other powerful throwers who've passed through Cincinnati as Reds or visiting players through the years.

"His throws are so precise, it's mind-boggling," Brennaman said. "He'll unfailingly give the catcher a throw on a bounce he can handle. It's unreal."

This year I've seen some of the greatest throws in my life from this guy.  My favorite play in baseball is the guy thrown out at the plate, and well, Hobbs has certainly provided several of those.

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