Josh Hamilton moved to seventh in the Angels lineup

The Josh Hamilton Experiment isn't working out so well in Anaheim

6/20/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Jun 18, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) reacts after striking out against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY SportsWhen Josh Hamilton was a free agent, many teams were nervous about his much-ballyhooed history with drugs and alcohol. Very few people even attempted to question his on-field performance or his value to a lineup.

A few months into his tenure with the Anaheim Angels, there haven't been any off-field issues, but his hitting has been absolutely atrocious.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia has just dropped Hamilton down to 7th in the Angels lineup, hoping that it will take some of the pressure off him and give him a chance to figure things out.

Hamilton is currently hitting only .210 with 10 HR and 24 RBI nearly halfway through the season, far below his career averages.

Before coming to the Angels, Hamilton his .305 and made the All-Star game every year in 5 seasons with the Texas Rangers. He hit .359 in 2010, but has fallen a long way since then.

After this season, the Angels are still on the hook for $98M over the next four seasons, so they're desperately hoping that Hamilton can find his way back to success and help their offense get back in the swing of things.

Do you think that'll actually happen? Or is this contract one of the great albatrosses in MLB history?
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7/10/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2790 respect

Suddenly the Dodgers and Angels are actually making ground up in their divisions, plus Hamilton is warming up in time for a nice 2nd half of the season as well.

6/20/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

That part about no one questioning Hamilton's on-field performance isn't quite correct. The natural concern of signing a guy is in 30s, and thus his decline phase, to a long-term contract was expressed. The drug and alcohol issues played a part in that, because while it means Hamilton doesn't have as any baseball years on the odometer, it probably did plenty of damage to his body, which could quicken the pace of the decline. Plus, remember he looked awful at the end of his Texas tenure. Obviously, no one thought it would be *this* bad in year one, but concern was there.

6/20/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Too early to say the contract is a bust. Technically at the age of 32 he is now on the decline, but these numbers are mind blowing. Blame me, he's on my fantasy team--I am a jinx.

6/20/13   |   Scott   |   53723 respect

Two straight years Artie Moreno has gone out and tried to buy himself a World Series.  The contracts of Albert Pujols AND Josh Hamilton will both go down as two of the biggest albatrossess in MLB history

6/20/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

so it's not working out huh...