The nickname “Flash Gordon” accurately describes Los Angeles Dodgers’ second baseman Dee Gordon.
Gordon’s Major League leading 46 stolen bases is a statement of his speed atop the Dodgers’ lineup and around MLB. Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Billy Hamilton is five stolen bases behind Gordon, ranking third in MLB behind Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve and Gordon.
During a Q&A portion with children at a summer camp at The Refinery in Torrance, Gordon believes there is no competition between Hamilton and himsel:
Dee says he's faster than Billy Hamilton.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 28, 2014
While both players have been a catcher’s nightmare, Gordon holds the slight edge on the basepaths, having only been caught stealing 10 times this year versus Hamilton being caught 16 times. Gordon has been a constant threat on the bases. Of his 407 at-bats, 370 of them come from the leadoff position. Along with stealing bases, Gordon leads the Dodgers with 58 runs scored, 117 hits and 10 triples.
The last Dodger to lead MLB in stolen bases was Davey Lopes in 1975. Lopes swiped 77 bags while only getting caught 12 times. He also was second in stolen bases in 1974 (59 SB) and 1976 (63 SB).
Hamilton is in his first full season in the major leagues and is often regarded as the fastest man in baseball since his promotion in 2013. In 2012, he stole 155 bases in the minor leagues. In 113 games in the big leagues, he has stolen 54 bases, though 13 of those came last season as a pinch-running specialist.
While stolen bases numbers are just a small indication of overall speed, it would be interesting to see Hamilton and Gordon go head-to-head in a race.
Dee Gordon Talks Summer Camp, Taking Questions & Clearing Up His Nickname