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Josh Hamilton has picked up where he left off

Jun 9, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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When Josh Hamilton went down after a fast start to the season, it just seemed like he and the Angels were snakebitten. He was turning it around after a lost 2013 season and the Angels, after two seasons of grand disappointment, were looking pretty respectable for once.

But a funny thing happened: the Angels continued to play well in Hamilton’s absence and in the six games since has returned, Hamilton has hit the ball as if he hadn’t missed a beat.

Hamilton went 2 for 4 with three RBI in the Angels’ 4-2 win over the White Sox yesterday, hitting an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run single in the fifth drove in two more. Since returning from the disabled list, Hamilton has gone 8 for 23 (.348) with five RBI in six games.

The two-month layoff seems to have done nothing to Hamilton’s red hot bat. And the Angels, though still trailing the A’s by four and a half games, are still looking pretty darn good. If the season ended today they’d be the top seed wild card. As it is not ending today, it is still worth noting that they seem just as well if not better set up as any of the other second place teams to remain strong contenders for a playoff spot.

  1. beefytrout - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    “a two-run single in the fifth drove in two more.”

  2. The Cub Den - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    All right, nothing infuriates me more than a team spending a gazillion and then tanking. I’m happy for the Angels and hope they return to the post season. Keep it up Hamilton.

    http://mlblogscubden.wordpress.com/

  3. ud1951 - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    This is an example of the sort of storyline that really appeals to me. A player with many personal flaws, who has great success, great failure, unfortunate injuries, manages to overcome it all and come back and play well. A great life lesson for us all. You’re only done when you quit trying.

    • infieldhit - Jun 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Well, I’m sure guys like Vernon Wells, Joe Blanton, and Gary Matthews Jr kept trying till the end.

      And Raul Ibanez probably still is now.

  4. flatsorter - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This is an example of a player that infuriates me. He gets a 4 million dollar signing bonus, never gets past A ball, misses 2 1/2 seasons because of coke and booze, and doesn’t turn it around until he is on another team. You only overcome it all when you start trying. The least he should do is donate 4 million of his 125 million contract to the Rays charitable foundation.

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