Baseball’s fastest player wants to race John Ross for charity

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The fastest player in the NFL is in Cincinnati, now that the Bengals have drafted John Ross, who set the record for the fastest 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. The fastest player in Major League Baseball was already in Cincinnati in Reds centerfielder Billy Hamilton, who leads the league in stolen bases. So which man is faster?

Hamilton says he’s hoping to race Ross to find out.

“It’s something I look forward to. I’m a competitor, if something happens with him, it happens,” Hamilton said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll do it for a charity event. I’m willing to do it.”

Ross’s 4.22 40-yard dash is far faster than Hamilton has ever run, but Hamilton believes he’s quite a bit faster than he was the last time he ran a timed 40, in ninth grade.

“I think we could do 40 and I think it’d be a good race for the city and for me and him to get our names out there,” Hamilton said. “It’s something we could look forward to looking into, our agents [could talk] and see how it goes.”

Ross has not yet responded.

43 responses to “Baseball’s fastest player wants to race John Ross for charity

  1. I love this. Great idea and this kind of thing should be done more often. I’d love to see a competition between players from all the major sports. ABC used to do it in the 70’s with their series hosted by Howard Cosell. But they’d combine athletes to form teams with movie and tv stars. Still, that was fun to watch. I remember Joe Frazier, heavyweight boxing champ entered the swimming competition and he had never really learned how to swim. He went in the pool and was flailing like a wounded duck before they jumped in and bailed him out. That was funny.
    I’ll take Ross over Hamilton, simply because I think football players train more toward running a 40 than baseball players do.

  2. Should have 2 races, one from goal line to goal line on a football field, the other around the bases on a baseball infield. Lowest cumulative time wins.

    Just be careful no one pulls a hamstring…

  3. We should see if Mr. Bevilacqua, the high school gym teacher, is still available to officiate the race…

  4. I prefer the 100. The real speed demons hardly hit top gear by the end of the 40, as evidenced by only decent times for Justin Gatlin’s 40 time ( 4.4 ). Bolt is likely similar as he is a long strider that has a gear nobody can match, but isnt always great off the line.

  5. Ross won’t run a 40 in that time again. He trained for months specifically for that. There is never a situation in the nfl where you can run 40 yards in a straight line unopposed. Baseball is running 90 ft, 30 yards, in a straight line. Ross may win but it will be close than people think.

  6. nyneal says:
    May 5, 2017 5:56 AM

    I love this. Great idea and this kind of thing should be done more often. I’d love to see a competition between players from all the major sports. ABC used to do it in the 70’s with their series hosted by Howard Cosell. But they’d combine athletes to form teams with movie and tv stars.
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    You accidentally combined two different shows. “The Superstars” was strictly for the athletes, and they all competed as individuals. “Battle of the Network Stars” was for all the TV actors, and they competed as ABC, CBS, and NBC teams based on where their shows were broadcast.

  7. I think it would be a great idea. Too many athletes are just into making money for themselves these days. Fun for fans and for a great cause.

  8. I’m not sure how close it would be, but there is one thing that you have to remember. NFL players run 40 yard dashes that start when they cross the laser, there is no reaction time involved. I would be almost certain that Ross would have a faster 40 time by today’s measuring standards , but lining up next to somebody else and having to react to a starting gun makes it a “whole different ball game”.

  9. Seems like something fun for the fans and a great gesture to raise money for charity. That being said, MLB and NFL aren’t really about the fans or charity so it won’t happen. If he had suggested that all of the owners and commissioners could receive all of the profits off of this it stood a chance of happening.

  10. Superstars. Man, that takes me back. Loved that show as a kid. Can’t see today’s athletes doing it because of injury risk and not enough money in it for them. Seems like it would be a great way to promote individual athletes though.

  11. f22raptorguy says:
    May 5, 2017 7:31 AM

    The fastest guy in MLB is Byron Buxton.
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    Nope. Billy Hamilton is faster. I’ve watched a lot of baseball. Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and Vince Coleman were the fastest I can remember, where they completely changed the game when they got on base. Obviously it’s just the eye test, but I don’t remember those guys changing the game as much as Billy Hamilton does. He’s so head and shoulders above anyone else playing today. Now if he could only figure out how to steal 1st.

  12. nyneal says:
    May 5, 2017 5:56 AM

    I love this. Great idea and this kind of thing should be done more often. I’d love to see a competition between players from all the major sports. ABC used to do it in the 70’s with their series hosted by Howard Cosell. But they’d combine athletes to form teams with movie and tv stars.
    ————————-
    You accidentally combined two different shows. “The Superstars” was strictly for the athletes, and they all competed as individuals. “Battle of the Network Stars” was for all the TV actors, and they competed as ABC, CBS, and NBC teams based on where their shows were broadcast.

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    Thanks for the correction, and you are right! I used to watch both shows and the ones with the athletes was really fun.

  13. A flying 40 is not a particularly good test of sprinting speed. You have to include the standing start to know who has explosive fast twitch muscles, and at least 50 meters for them to to get up to top speed.

    Just do a 100 meter sprint like they do in every track meet. Then you can compare their times to what real sprinters lay down.

  14. This is a great idea. Too bad Cleveland Indians can’t do this…with not having a pro football team & all…..

  15. truthinesshurts says:
    May 5, 2017 6:14 AM
    The ABC show was called Superstars.
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    Man, I missed that show.

    Why is 40 yards the benchmark for speed? That’s just for football. In track, they run the 60m, 100m, and 200m.

  16. I’d love to see Hamilton race Ross in his uniform hat and glove and Ross run with helmet and pads on. Not quite so fast.

  17. I like it! Especially the proceeds going to charity for kids! I think these kinds of competitions are great for the community as long as they are conducted respectfully.

  18. why do baseball managers wear a uniform? they don’t play on the field. imagine if they did that in other sports such as football, basketball and hockey?

    of course, I suppose it would be odd to see a baseball manager in suit and tie, but a uniform?

  19. Ross would smoke Hamilton in full pads. Baseball speed has nothing on football speed.

  20. dickshotdogs says:
    May 5, 2017 6:49 AM
    Stoopid.

    Slightly Stoopid………great band……..is that what you were trying to say? Cause saying this it’s stupid, is just not right.

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