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Josh Hamilton had a long night to forget

Apr 30, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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For all the heroics in last night’s 19-inning game between the Angels and the A’s there was a good deal of ignominy as well. Mostly from Josh Hamilton who put up the snowman in the box score: an 0 for 8 performance. He struck out three times and had eight swinging strikes in all. His best at bat: a sac fly. But he failed to reach base in any of his nine plate appearances.

Hamilton is now hitting 202/.246/.298 on the year. As Marc Normandin of SB Nation points out in his dissection of last night’s performance, Hamilton is now hittingĀ .236/.306/.446 in his last 543 plate appearances dating to June 1, 2012 and he has struck out 29 percent of the time over that span.

Small sample sizes are one thing. This one is getting large.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I don’t care how much success Hamilton has had in the bigs an 0-8 night on top of his .202 average has to put serious dents in his confidence. He is too good to stay at .202 right? Right? Stay tuned……

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I know it’s far too easy to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway…….Josh Hamilton has stopped trying. I don’t believe he even cares anymore.

      Time will tell…..

      • jerruhjones - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        He stopped trying when he was still in Texas last season. Sad.

      • baseballisboring - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        nice wild assumption

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Josh Hamilton stopped trying last fall…the rest of the world just took longer than the folks in Arlington, TX to realize this.

      • scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        You might be right. Probably just wants drugs or something. Hard work is too much for him.

        Time will tell thats for sure.

  2. flamethrower101 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Just like the Angels aren’t gonna stay under .500 the whole year. Riiiiiiiight. This is gonna be another long year for Halo fans

  3. scoocha - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I don’t know, the AL West is so weak and the Angels turned it around last season. Impossible if Pujols and Hamilton don’t hit though. We’ll see.

    • beefytrout - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      weak?

      • dondada10 - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        Texas and Oakland are very strong, and L.A. (on paper) should be an 88+ win team. Seattle and Houston rounding out the bottom doesn’t inspire confidence, but the AL West is very strong and will probably yield two playoff teams.

      • scoocha - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Strong?
        It’s Texas and LA if they rebound.
        Do you really think Oakland is going to pull off a miracle like 2012 again?
        Seattle is good now? At 12-16?

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        What’s the track record of people who doubted Oakland… say the past decade?

      • youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Ignoring Oakland is about the dumbest thing you could do. They are like the little engine that could. Doubt them at your own peril. As a Ranger fan I have oodles of respect for what they are able to do with a payroll that is a fraction of what the Angels pay out.

      • scoocha - May 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        I think the track record against Oakland over the last decade is 10-0. 10 years, 0 championships for Oakland. I’ll take a 100% winning% any day. Thanks for playing though.

        Please tell me you think the AL Central is a beast of a division as well. Detroit has all these great hitters and pitchers, yet struggle to separate themselves in the division.

    • kollin7 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Are the Astros the only team in the division?

  4. echech88 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    This team is heading nowhere. Arte Moreno should stop playing GM and let the one he hired actually do his job instead of having to work around the messes ownership creates.

    Pujols & Hamilton in 4 years is going to make Vernon Wells look like Mike Napoli.

    • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      This right here. Arte needs to let the product on the field sell the team without trying to boost it with players on the wrong side of the field. The Angels haven’t had very many first-round draft picks the last 10 years or so, and it’s showing.

      • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        Ha. It was supposed to read “on the wrong side of thirty”, not “the wrong side of the field.”

  5. pauleee - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    We’re an (Angel) baseball town and this is not our first time to this particular brand of rodeo. We’ll deal as we always have.

    //hangs head, shuffles slowly away

    • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      It’s time for a Mo Vaughn championship, right?

      • jwbiii - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        I think paulee is referring to Gene Autrey’s 1980s free agent shopping sprees.

      • jarathen - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        I assumed as such, but those did meet with some success.

      • pauleee - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        In general, if the team has high expectations, expect disappointment.

  6. APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    It was 1/16 for Josh and Trout combined last night, and now the Angels have only 1 more win than the Astros. One more month of this and there will be changes in management. Of course the expectation is that they will turn it around, but after a start like this, it will be very difficult to make the playoffs. I think Jay Jaffe’s article placed the chances at 4% based on historical performances of teams with similar records at this point in the past.

  7. mudhead123 - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    The Astros, athletics, and mariners are all terrible. Easily the weakest division in baseball. The angels can very well come back

    • jerruhjones - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      The A’s are terrible? lol…keep telling yourself that.

  8. clydeserra - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    It was Josh Hamilton appreciation night in right field. He even ate the butterfingers bar he was thrown.

  9. losanginsight - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Looks like Josh couldn’t keep away from the snow. Anaheim is not a Baseball town

  10. einjzmolf - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Thanks for taking our clubhouse cancer, Angels. You’re totally going to get your moneys worth. lolololol. music to my ears!

  11. senioreditor2 - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    They better obtain some pitching fast or Scoscia will be gone.

  12. moogro - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    They’re Anaheim, or the Angels. Designatedhitterball. It’s weird to see LA. Los Angeles is the Dodgers. Don’t give in.

  13. rcali - Apr 30, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Wow, he’s making the Pujols contract look like it was actually somewhat intelligent.

  14. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Dear Josh,

    Sorry things ain’t working out the way you might have planned. Cheer up, at least you have a ton of cash and get to hook up with your buddy, CJ, for shampoo commercials!

    Regards,

    ~Rangers Fans

    P.S. — SUCK IT!!!

  15. jolink653 - May 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Imagine how really awful their payroll is gonna look if it turns out that Hamilton can’t turn it around and Pujols goes into a tailspin because he is in the downside of his career? $50 million tied into two deadweight players? That might make even the Yankees be thankful they have only one major payroll disaster in A-Rod on their payroll

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