Josh Hamilton

Angels treatment of Josh Hamilton has backfired – Updated! 2


UPDATE: June 1, 2015 4:15 pm PT

Josh Hamilton continues to impress

On Saturday, Josh Hamilton continued to hit for the Texas Rangers going 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Rangers win over the Boston Red Sox.

Sunday, however, he really picked up where he left off on Friday night.

Hamilton, not in the original lineup, came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out.

He roped a two-run double to left off Koji Uehara and became the Rangers’ hero once again as they completed their three-game sweep of the Red Sox by the score of 4-3.

 

Original Text: May 30, 2015 8:30 am PT 

Hamilton homers twice Friday night in Arlington

See? When I wrote

All Josh Hamilton needed (from the Los Angeles Angels) was a helping hand, in Texas he’ll find one

I wasn’t kidding. Hamilton himself said back in April that if Angels had put their arm around him after relapse, he would’ve,

“been playing probably a month ago.”

I think it’s a safe bet to say that he was right. The Angels were not only wrong in their despicable treatment of Hamilton, they were stupid in letting him go. 

Yes, I know it’s probably too early to really tell but Hamilton received a very warm reception from both the organization and fans upon returning to the Texas Rangers. Included was a standing ovation from the crowd when he stepped up to the plate during his first game back in Arlington.

Hamilton went hitless in his first nine at-bats after being activated by the Rangers during their series in Cleveland. Since then he’s gone 5-12 with two multi-hit games. He doubled in his first game back in Texas on Thursday.

Friday night Hamilton, seemingly so happy to be back where he’s wanted, homered twice in his first two at-bats off of Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright

That’s quite a big difference already from the seasons that Hamilton had had since moving from Texas to Los Angeles after the 2012 season. During his time in Los Angeles he hit just 31 home runs over two seasons. Friday marked the ninth multi-homer game of Hamilton’s career.

From 2008-2012 when Hamilton was with the Rangers he was a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League MVP. In LA things didn’t go as the Angels had planned. Hamilton suffered a string of injuries and under-performed or at least didn’t perform at the level they’d expected when they signed him to a five-year $125 million deal.

The Angels made no secret of the fact that they were displeased. Then when Hamilton, who has openly been in recovery for drugs and alcohol, had a relapse over the off-season they also made it no secret that they wanted him gone even if they had to pay the majority of his salary for the next few years, which they are now doing as he plays for their division rivals. 

Maybe this can be a lesson for the Angels’ organization and I’m going to just put it out there in my own words – 

“Try being a little nicer to people, maybe show some compassion and understanding. If you did then perhaps you wouldn’t be in the midst of a huge power outage. Payback’s a bitch isn’t it?”

The Angels are not hitting home runs this season, most noticeably not from the players who are hitting in the clean-up spot in the lineup writes Buster Olney.

Texas, on the other hand, has been thriving this month leading the AL in runs and are just a half game behind the Angels in the AL West. 

I guess all Hamilton did need was to be treated with respect. I hope the Angels have learned their lesson but I doubt it.

  • John Spinato

    It is strange how do to the financial climate in a sport like baseball how organizations are more than willing to help bring out the best in people. Especially when they know:
    1) The potential is in that person.
    2) They have already reaped tremendous benefits from the realization of that person’s potential
    3) Where there is a shred of human decency which allows them to reach out and help people in need.
    I believe what the Rangers did goes along way towards promoting good will towards all involved.
    Can you see the positive effects of their actions?

    • I agree. I think the Rangers taking Hamilton back and supporting him not only helped Hamilton but all involved. The Angels obviously did not want him so they got what they wanted. But I do find their treatment of Hamilton (I’ve written on this in more than one post – if you search for Hamilton you’ll see!) was absolutely uncalled for and just despicable! They were terrible to a person who just needed help, not to be scolded publicly and basically kicked off the team. So I’m happy that the Angels are now having offensive struggles. It’s Karma.