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Josh Hamilton at it again, slugs home run No. 18

May 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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Another day, another home run for Josh Hamilton.

After striking out in his first two at-bats against former teammate C.J. Wilson this afternoon, Hamilton just slugged a solo home run to right in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the Angels at 2-2. He is reaching new levels of ridiculousness.

Hamilton now has 18 home runs on the season, including eight in his last five and nine in his last six. He is just the second player since 1918 to hit 18 home runs in his team’s first 34 games, joining Cy Williams of the 1923 Phillies. And hey, today’s game isn’t even over yet.

  1. dondada10 - May 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Hope he stays healthy the whole year. Baseball is such a difficult game, it’s fun seeing somebody own it.

  2. billymc75 - May 12, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    No lead is safe against the Rangers, Hamilton is great but more should talk about Feliz!

    • proudlycanadian - May 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Texas lost today.

  3. mungman69 - May 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Boy, you take a nap and miss a Hamilton home run.

    • jimbo1949 - May 12, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      Or ya live in the wrong section of the country when FOX Saturday trumps all.

      • angrycorgi - May 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Exactly…that blackout nonsense with MLB.tv makes me an unhappy camper on the weekends!

  4. redguy12588 - May 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    18 homers is a pretty good season total for most guys. It’s not even the middle of May.

    • Ben - May 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Albert will hit #2 by the middle of May, right guys? Maybe?

    • dondada10 - May 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      In a walk year. Dude is going to break the bank.

  5. yanks33 - May 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Hes on roids…mixed with a little cocaine prolly

    • bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      Ahhhh New York sports radio . . . there’s nothing like it anywhere.

  6. bigleagues - May 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Updating yesterdays calculations:

    He has played 31 of a possible 34 Games = .9117647058823529
    He has hit 18 HR in those 31 Games = .5806451612903226
    He has 41 RBI in those 31 Games = 1.32258064516129

    91% of 162 Games = 147.42 Games
    147 Games times .5806451612903226 HR per Game = 85 HR’s
    147 Games times 1.32258064516129 RBI per Game = 194 RBI

    So with today’s game Hamilton’s HR pace went up by almost 2 total HR’s – but his RBI pace dropped by about 1.6 RBI.

    • purnellmeagrejr - May 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      You know alll those projections are nonsense – or you should. Hamilton provides the best argument against with his four homers in a game – how do you fiure that? THe question is is Hamilton the best player in the game?

      • biasedhomer - May 12, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        2 weeks ago, it looked like Matt Kemp would break Bond’s record.

        Hamilton will also cool down and reach career norms.

      • bigleagues - May 13, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        This isn’t a ‘projection’ (which are done pre-season based on a number of factors including age, previous performance, etc . . .). They aren’t intended to be an on-the-money prediction – they are intended to convey a general sense of the players ability and potential for that season. So projections are not ‘nonsense’. You just don’t know what they mean.

        The first people to criticize projections are the last to learn and understand what they convey.

        On the other hand what I posted above is a simple statistical pace based on how he is performing this year.

        Pace is rarely maintained throughout the course on an entire season, but is an indication of “what if” a player does maintain that pace.

        So, let’s rephrase . . . at Josh Hamilton’s level of play it is currently possible that he could hit 86 HR, but not probable.

      • bigleagues - May 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        biasedhomer:

        Probably, yes.

        However, I think even the most ardent sabermetric experts would admit that ‘career norms’ are quite nebulous when you are discussing the best players in the game in the thick of their primes.

        To simply assume that Matt Kemp will have something close to the same season he did last year is reasonable, but to rule out something greater because he cooled down for the last two weeks is not reasonable.

        In each season, save for 2008, we know that Hamilton has dealt with injury hampering his ability to produce. What if (and i know its a contract year) he is as close to 100% healthy for the first time since 2008? If he remains reasonably healthy the remainder of this season, is it realistic to assume that he’s only gonna hit 14 more HR (32 is the most he’s hit in a season) the rest of the way? Or only 18 more HR (36 is his career 162-game Average)?

        Do I really think he’ll hit 86 HR for the season? It’s possible, but not probable. So, no I don’t.

        Do I think something closer to 50 HR is a real possibility right now? Yes, I certainly do.

        And 50 HR would be no where near his ‘career norms’.

  7. angrycorgi - May 12, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Hope he hits one against Weaver tomorrow. I love watching that smug punk act like a baby every time he gives up a HR.

  8. hittfamily - May 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I’d like to meet the asshole who sold this guy his first bag of crack, and kick him right in the dick. We’d be talking Grffey Jr Jr.

    • dondada10 - May 12, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Mickey Mantel.

  9. bleed4philly - May 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    must be a contract yeah…

    • biasedhomer - May 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      He is definitely going to demand a 100M+ contract, and it may not be from the Rangers. If I was him, I would test the open market.

  10. allmyteamsareterrible - May 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    He is the natural, simply an incredible baseball player.

  11. Francisco (FC) - May 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Fun Fact: Josh Hamilton has more Home Runs than the entire roster of the San Diego Padres.

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