I know that Billy has never been fleet of foot, but last night he looked ridiculously slow running to 1B. Watch for yourself:
I have timed it a few times and it seems it was 5 seconds to get to first base. Besides, taking a while to get to first to prevent the double play and extent the game, he looked completely winded before he got to first. After 20 freaking yards he was gassed. Remember this a 24 year old professional athlete. I have played with 50 year olds in city league softball leagues that run faster and have more endurance than Billy.
Billy could easily be the slowest player in the majors, but how does he actually stack up against his peers. I looked at the 35 leaders in doubles over the last 3 years. I was amazed that hitting 118 doubles has led to only 1 triple, so I wanted to compare him to other double hitters.
At least he doesn't lead this group. Progress. Make sure you note future Royal Lyle Overbay is in the #3 position.
Finally,how does Billy's rank in his greatest strength, GiDP, within this group of batters:
That was close, glad Billy could hit into less double plays than 36 year old Miguel Tejaha.
Do you think I beat the dead horse enough?
Probably, but I see no reason for him to be this slow and out of shape. Would a 3 mile run a day end of killing him? Well, possibly if he did it without working his way up, but can he at least get in good enough shape to run 20 yards without being winded. I love Billy's hitting, but he could add a ton of value to himself if he just got his butt in shape.