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Josh Hamilton named player of year by his peers

Oct 21, 2010, 1:51 AM EDT

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The players have spoken, and according to them, Josh Hamilton is the best among them.

The Texas Rangers center fielder, who has tormented the New York Yankees with four home runs in the ALCS, has been named Sporting News’ player of the year, as selected by a panel of 326 Major League Baseball players.

Hamilton is a fine choice, hitting .359/.411/.633 with 32 home runs and 100 RBIs despite playing only 133 games this season due to injuries. He also plays a mean – and aggressive – center field, which is part of the reason for his injuries. (Stop running into walls!)

While you could make an argument for the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez, Joey Votto and Albert Pujols, to name a few, it’s tough to gripe about Hamilton ultimately being the choice.

Also announced were the top pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay), rookies (Austin Jackson, Jason Heyward), managers (Ron Gardenhire, Bud Black), comeback players (Vladimir Guerrero, Tim Hudson) and relievers (Rafael Soriano, Heath Bell), as well as an All-Star team, which you can check out here.

Getting back to Hamilton, it’s nice to see the former No. 1 draft pick begin to realize his promise. While there is no need to glorify or over-dramatize the man, we can still point out the long journey he has taken to reach this point, fighting an ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction along the way. It must be rewarding for him to be recognized by his peers for having such a remarkable season.

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  1. metalhead65 - Oct 21, 2010 at 4:30 AM

    the trade that sent him from the reds has to go down as one of the worst deals in the history of the reds if not baseball. they essentaly gave him away to the rangers unless volquez suddenly wins a cy young or 2.based on his performance so far for the reds I am not going to hold my breath,aside from the first half season they got him when he won 13 games before the break he is average at best. did I mention he won won 4 games the rest of that year?I know he was hurt most of last year but he was not setting the league on fire before that happened and he was bad once he came back this year. I know they did it for pitching but if they had waited they would have it from their own system.wood,leake and other young propects on the way. what an outfield they could have now if he were there,stubbs,hamilton and bruce?sad just to think about it. there is just no other way to look at as a reds fan other than they got hosed big time.

  2. hasbeen5 - Oct 21, 2010 at 8:52 AM

    That slash line is ridiculous. He really is fun to watch, wish the Rangers were on tv down here more often.

  3. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    Hamilton has to tone it down in center field, or he’ll end up like Fred Lynn – limping around and missing 50 games a year.

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