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Josh Hamilton sees himself eventually moving to first base

Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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Interviewed on ESPN 103.3 radio Tuesday, Josh Hamilton said he sees himself having another four years in the outfield before moving to first base.

Hamilton, 30, is expected to play left field rather than center this year in an effort to save wear and tear on his body. Injuries have limited him to 89, 133 and 121 games the last three years, though he was the AL MVP in the second of those years anyway.

Hamilton is a free agent at season’s end and isn’t likely to re-up with the Rangers before then. Saying that he eventually wants to move to first won’t necessarily help his stock, especially with big spenders like the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Tigers all locked into big deals with first basemen for the long haul.

  1. Mike Luna - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I don’t think it’s that he wants to move to 1B. He’s just being realistic and/or showing that he’s a team player or whatever. Given his choice he’d much rather be an outfielder from now until forever.

    He also dropped the “4 years” thing, which is pretty liberal if you ask certain Ranger fans.

  2. thom4msu - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Have a beer. Just one.

    • cltjump - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      What in God’s name is wrong with you?

  3. tropboi11 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    You can come on back to Tampa and play 1st base when your ready.

  4. stex52 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Power hitting first basemen are about to become the new efficiency. With all of these over-the-hill All Stars figuring they can move to first base, they will be playing for the league minimum.

  5. eastcoastblows - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    I see myself eventually moving to Hawaii

    • ezthinking - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:31 AM

      or at high altitude.

  6. ezthinking - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Probably should keep to the ‘one-day-at-a-time’ thing for now. See if you can get Texas out of the bride’s maid spot before worrying about playing a position you have never played.

  7. randygnyc - Mar 7, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    He’s “played” many positions at high altitude. Very recently, it was doggie style, as he pinch hit in a restroom of a bar. Unlike Pittsburgh’s roethlesberger, Josh had consent to play, not only first base, but to slide (not so sure about how safely) into home too.

    • cltjump - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      Is it wrong that even though I thumbed this down, I laughed my head off…?

  8. bufordmaddogtannen - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Its a lot harder to throw a dangerous souvenir from first base.

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