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Josh Hamilton is hitting seventh tonight for the Angels

Jun 19, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton struck out twice and grounded into three double plays in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday and is now sporting a putrid .213/.269/.388 batting line through 69 games this season. So some changes are being made.

Hamilton will bat seventh Wednesday as the Halos take on the M’s for the third game of a four-game set. It’s the first time he has hit there with Anaheim and just the 20th time he has hit seventh in his career. Mark Trumbo is at cleanup, Howie Kendrick is batting fifth and Alberto Callaspo will hit sixth.

Hamilton has 10 home runs in 294 plate appearances this season but he also has 73 strikeouts.

The 32-year-old outfielder signed a five-year, $125 million free agent contract with Anaheim this winter.

  1. flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    If this can’t get Hamilton straightened out then nothing will. I knew his waining plate discipline and high K rate would lead to possible reduction in his overall output, and I expected he would not live up to his big contract. But wow, I did not expect him to collapse like this.

    • miketreedy - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      What I have noticed with Hamilton is a career full of dramatic peaks that were often followed by deep valleys. He has a big moment like the All-Star HR contest, MVP Award and 4 hrs in a game. These have all been followed by huge drops in play afterwards, This peak was new movie deal and huge deal from the Angels. Now its the valley again. This goes all the way back to being the number 1 pick with Tampa.

      • Glenn - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        He definitely works on a different emotional cycle than the rest of us. It probably explains his struggles with addiction, guesses this amateur pop-psychologist.

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      I am curious as to why you think moving a guy to 7th has the potential to “get Hamilton straightened out”. Moving him to 7th will just mean he’ll suck hitting there instead of higher in the lineup, with him getting 3-4 fewer PAs/week.

      Hamilton’s main problem right now seems to be that he lacks focus and just doesn’t give a shit. He jogs to 1B on GIDPs, he lopes after fly balls he should catch, he gives away ABs. Moving him to 7th (or 9th or benching him) won’t make him care. There are deeper issues here they need to try to address to get him mind and commitment back on the game.

  2. dondada10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    That’s a rather Shakespearean photo of Hamilton.

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      I dunno – looks more like something out of The Green Mile.

    • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Shakespeare was a photographer? I had no idea.

      • dondada10 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        At least he wasn’t a contrarian.

      • paperlions - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM

        :-)

        Okay. I might as well learn something. What makes a photo Shakespearean?

      • dondada10 - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

        The Tragedy of Julius Caesar comes to mind.

        On the evening Brutus plans Caesar’s murder, it’s torrential downpour.

        Macbeth is probably the best example, as every time Macbeth commits a murder the weather turns chaotic.

        Essentially, Shakespeare would use weather to indicate tone.

        The clouds in the above photo are ominous, as is Hamilton’s contract.

  3. giantboy99 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Could this be the 2nd coming of Albert Belle

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Wait, did he run over a little kid who tried to T.P. his house? When did that happen and why am I only hearing about that now?

      • jerze2387 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        considering Josh Hamiltons history, it wouldn’t surprise me if he did. But he’d either blame the brakes for failing or say he couldn’t see him because the sunlight bothered his light colored eyes

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Or better yet he’d say it was “in God’s plans” or something to those lines.

  4. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I’m sure guys care when they’re playing bad because who wants to suck at anything. But when ya have the guaranteed money like this guy does do you think it bothers them more or less?

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      I think it depends person-to-person. I’m sure Josh Hamilton takes a lot of pride in his results, as do the vast majority of players. But to us common fans it’s always those damn huge contracts that cloud our vision. For a guy getting paid $125 Million we expect more. Likewise for Pujols, he’s getting paid $240 Million and has not come even close to the production he had in St. Louis. He may be declining but it’s getting a little alarming how much he’s struggling.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        I agree with you. That being said, if anyone thought that Pujols would continue playing that great after his age 32 season and on is nuts. The Angels have 2 albatross contracts on their hands.

      • jerze2387 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:14 PM

        I think itd bother Albert more than itd bother Hamilton, just based off history. When Albert struggles, and coming up, he tried to take advantage of opportunities. in fact, isn’t albert playing through a foot injury?

        Whereas Hamilton nearly threw his career away before, has shown no signs of actually caring (the relapses that were documented0, and instead of working on fixing his approach, he makes excuses after excuses. Honestly, he just ran into a few balls that he hit for HRs for a few stretches and turned it into a big contract. if there has ever been a poster child to bet on for a guy whod hit the big contract and then give a “meh” effort, I would have bet the farm on Hamilton.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

        I defintely agree jerz that Pujols seems that he would care more than Hamilton. And obviously likely like you that’s only based on their actions that I’ve witnessed.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      I think it’s safe to say Pujols wouldn’t play as great as he did before, as the fact that he’s declining is not shocking. It’s HOW he’s declining that’s alarming. His plate discipline is seemingly disappearing. He drew 36 unintentional walks last year compared to 2010 when he drew 65. Nearly 1/3 of his walks in 2012 were intentional.

      The power was gonna slip, but his value would still be really good if he could get on base. If he’s not doing that well enough and the power really begins to go, then there’s a problem.

      Hamilton never had great discipline but when he was knocking the ball around it didn’t really matter. When he’s not it’s really noticable. Both need to get it together or this Angels team is screwed for the long haul.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        Wow, didn’t know the numbers were that glaringly bad for Pujols compared to years past. I don’t expect either of them to continue being as bad as they have been but I don’t think you Angel fans are going to be seeing a World Series winner with these guys leading the charge. The Cards and Ranger look like geniuses right now.

      • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

        Pujols’ decline is really something. You would think that for a guy who takes such pride in his approach he would at least keep it through his later years even it the power went. And yeah, you are right. This team is not going to the World Series. But before we totally bash on them for not going to world series, can they at least make the playoffs first? Really?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        Ha! You’re absolutely right, can’t win the Series if ya don’t make the playoffs. At least the Dodgers suck though, right?

      • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        I think Pazuzu jumped to Pujols when Glenn Beck shook his hand.

  5. halhiker - Jun 19, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    They should start Shuck. That would be even better.

  6. billymc75 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    I think Washington did the same thing last year not ssure it was seventh but he moved him way down

  7. jcmeyer10 - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Does Hamilton have any Triple-A options left? :D

  8. losanginsight - Jun 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Leave it to a former asissitant to the assistant head of scouting development to sign a “32″ year old fat Albert and a cracked back Hamilton to 25+ mil a year. Thanks Jerry. Didn’t they know that Anaheim is right next to Santa Ana aka coke capital of the OC.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Your comments are vastly misinformed. It is well-known to everyone in the baseball community that owner Arte Moreno pushed hard for both Albert & Josh, so they shouldn’t be blamed on Jerry. Now, Joe Blanton, Sean Burnett, Ryan Madson, etc…those you can blame on him.

    • pauleee - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Seriously? Wouldn’t “the coke capital of OC” be somehow more upscale like Newport Beach, San Clemente or …Garden Grove?

  9. moogro - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    The Curse. For trying to call Anaheim Los Angeles, for marketing reasons. This needs to be mocked relentlessly.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      As far as I know the Angels & the city of Anaheim are in negotiations regarding their stadium. This would be a perfect time for the city to lobby Moreno to change the name back to Anaheim Angels. Make it a deal breaker. Makes sense anyway. I’m sick of calling the Angels the “Los Angeles Angels.” Just does not roll well.

      • oz10tx - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        And if you translate the name to English they actually are “The The Angels Angels.”

  10. sophiethegreatdane - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    How are they going to handle this in the Oscar-fest that will be the Josh Hamilton movie?

    • Old Gator - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Well, for one thing, they’ll get Jim Carrey to play him. The guy needs a hit about as desperately as Hamilton does.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Josh Almighty?

  11. jordanismyidol - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Bust!

  12. herrcules13 - Jun 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    He’s a d-bag. Glad he’s no longer a Ranger.

    • jerruhjones - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Amen.

  13. mauijim3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Guess dropping him to 10th in the lineup isn’t possible. How about letting the pitcher bat and DHing for Hamilton?

  14. jerruhjones - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Maybe LA isn’t a baseball town…has he played that card yet?

  15. blingslade - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Yeah, these guys get their big contracts and then stop taking the roids.

    Why? Because the money is guaranteed.

  16. coloradogolfcoupons - Jun 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Noticed last night that Angel fans are now booing the shit out of Hamilton, emulating Ranger fans who booed him out of town and prompted Hamilton to retaliate by calling Dallas “Not a true baseball town”…proving once and for all that smoking a $4 million signing bonus inside a crack pipe does nothing for one’s intelligence. That prompted Ranger fans to boo loud enough, upon Hamilton’s return to Arlington this year, to wake up Ted Williams frozen head…. where ever it is….and shake up Hamilton so bad he looks even worse at the plate this year than he did the last 4 months of 2012, as if that were even possible. His fragile psyche has been shattered and he is going through the motions like he did last year when he realized the Rangers were not going to attempt to resign him. And the sad part of this whole sordid mess is that he doesn’t care one freaking whit about it, now that he has his guaranteed contract, and there is nothing the Angels can do about it except grin and bear it.( I would say nothing to do about it except learn from it, but it’s obvious Moreno, after the Pujols flop last year, is not smart enough to learn anything)

  17. blingslade - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Has there ever been a more perfect example of how roids will increase your numbers?

    • caeser12 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Brady Anderson.

  18. blingslade - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The Angels got snookered by two roid boys!!!!

    Now the owner will be forced to sell the team lol!!

  19. blingslade - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    This is the REAL legacy of Bed Selig and his co-conspirators.

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