WEFOUNDJosh Hamilton An Unauthorized Biography


Acquired in a trade with the Angels in exchange for cash considerations on April 27, 2015, Hamilton navigated three disabled list stints to post a .253 (43-170) average with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 50 games…had career lows in most categories, including games, HR, RBI, average and OPS (.732)…made 41 total starts: 33 in LF, 7 in RF, 1 as DH…his Texas debut on May 25 at Cleveland marked first ML game since Oct. 5, 2014, ALDS Game 3 at KC and first with Texas since Oct. 5, 2012, A.L. Wild Card vs. Baltimore…did not have a steal attempt for the first time in his ML career.

Outfielder Josh Hamilton said he has found a sense of serenity in Texas, now that his brief and troubled stay as an Angel is behind him and he has been allowed to see his daughters since he filed for divorce from their mother. "I think that's been my biggest peace," he said, "to be able to focus on just my girls and baseball."

It's unlikely that his new tranquillity was greatly disturbed Friday in his first visit to Anaheim since the Angels traded him back to the Rangers in late April. Making his seventh straight start after recovering from hamstring and groin injuries, he was booed when he caught a fly ball in the first inning, drew jeers and cheers when he struck out swinging in the second inning, and triggered a similarly mixed reaction when he lined a double off the right-field fence in the fifth. "I wasn't dreading it," he said before Friday's game. "I'm not dreading it now."

"I hope it has worked out for him," Angels reliever Huston Street said. "I hope he's in a good place. More than anything, everybody in here wanted him to recover personally. Baseball aside, I think that was everybody's first priority."

On May 8, 2012, Josh Hamilton became the 16th player in Major League history -- and only the seventh in more than half a century -- to hit four home runs in a single game. The Rangers slugger did it against the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore, smashing two homers off starter Jake Arrieta, and one each against relievers Zach Phillips and Darren O'Day.

Hamilton also doubled for good measure, going 5-for-5 with an American League-record 18 total bases. It was an astounding performance, even moreso when you consider Hamilton's story.

From No. 1 overall draft pick in 1999, to drug addiction and alcohol abuse six years later, to a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player, to his injury-plagued recent years, Hamilton's baseball journey (and life in general) hasn't been easy. Now, his career may be over.

Acquired in a trade with the Angels in exchange for cash considerations on April 27, 2015, Hamilton navigated three disabled list stints to post a .253 (43-170) average with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 50 games…had career lows in most categories, including games, HR, RBI, average and OPS (.732)…made 41 total starts: 33 in LF, 7 in RF, 1 as DH…his Texas debut on May 25 at Cleveland marked first ML game since Oct. 5, 2014, ALDS Game 3 at KC and first with Texas since Oct. 5, 2012, A.L. Wild Card vs. Baltimore…did not have a steal attempt for the first time in his ML career.

Acquired in a trade with the Angels in exchange for cash considerations on April 27, 2015, Hamilton navigated three disabled list stints to post a .253 (43-170) average with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 50 games…had career lows in most categories, including games, HR, RBI, average and OPS (.732)…made 41 total starts: 33 in LF, 7 in RF, 1 as DH…his Texas debut on May 25 at Cleveland marked first ML game since Oct. 5, 2014, ALDS Game 3 at KC and first with Texas since Oct. 5, 2012, A.L. Wild Card vs. Baltimore…did not have a steal attempt for the first time in his ML career.

Outfielder Josh Hamilton said he has found a sense of serenity in Texas, now that his brief and troubled stay as an Angel is behind him and he has been allowed to see his daughters since he filed for divorce from their mother. "I think that's been my biggest peace," he said, "to be able to focus on just my girls and baseball."

It's unlikely that his new tranquillity was greatly disturbed Friday in his first visit to Anaheim since the Angels traded him back to the Rangers in late April. Making his seventh straight start after recovering from hamstring and groin injuries, he was booed when he caught a fly ball in the first inning, drew jeers and cheers when he struck out swinging in the second inning, and triggered a similarly mixed reaction when he lined a double off the right-field fence in the fifth. "I wasn't dreading it," he said before Friday's game. "I'm not dreading it now."

"I hope it has worked out for him," Angels reliever Huston Street said. "I hope he's in a good place. More than anything, everybody in here wanted him to recover personally. Baseball aside, I think that was everybody's first priority."


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