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Josh Hamilton sits again

Aug 18, 2014, 5:31 PM EST

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Josh Hamilton, who got the day off yesterday at his own request, and whose manager called him out for his recent lack of production, is getting another day off today.

It’s unclear if this is a benching, a self-benching or if he’s banged up, but Howie Kendrick is batting cleanup and Brennan Boesch is playing left field. Hamilton will have had five of eight days off total after today. So if he is hurt, you have to figure it’s close to time that he hits the DL, as he’s had enough time to figure out if he can play through whatever it is.

And really, Angels fans are probably hoping its physical as opposed to anything else.

  1. migoli - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Get this man some grizzley! Wintergreen!

  2. js20011041 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I would say he needs more Jesus, but we all know Jesus can’t hit a curveball.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Great!

  3. Conner012367 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    who knows whats wrong with him? only he knows, all i know is he hasn’t been the same since he left the rangers.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      sadly, many folks don’t know what’s wrong with themselves…

      so Josh may not know what is wrong.

    • randomdigits - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      The decline started before he left the Rangers.

      • rangermania - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        His decline actually began before he joined the Rangers who nursed him back into semi production mode and struggled to keep him going. He had spurts of production that became too few and far between. He made it apparent when he left he did not appreciate any of the support he got. It is astounding the Angels gave him that huge contract.

      • miketreedy - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:59 AM

        The decline started after he hit 4 home runs in a game against I think Baltimore. After that game he was hailed as one of the best players in the game. It went to his head and he started swinging at every pitch. He wouldn’t listen to coaches anymore. I believe he hit something like .225 the rest of the season after that game.

        Hamilton has (or had) the physical skills to be a great player but doesn’t have the needed mental skills to be a great long term player.

  4. hojo20 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    He sucks. Where’s Reggie Willits to replace him.

  5. nsauser - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    His contract is literally too heavy of a load on his shoulders.

    • infieldhit - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:23 PM

      Literally?

  6. rangermania - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    The Rangers are blessed he is gone and sucking down millions of Angel dollars.
    His problems are still mental and physical. I hope he can still play so the Angels have to keep paying him!

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      I agree,Art gave him the cash. I think Trout was smart, HE has a tradable contract, Name 29 teams that would NOT trade for him?

      Now the hard part,name 10 teams that could do it.

  7. drs76109 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Probably too much caffeine.

  8. 461deep - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Somewhat sudden decline 2 years ago in Texas as stated above. Guess here is giving up all vices is good but can leave one wound too tight from feelings of ambivalence and lack of pleasurable outlets. He was doing quite well if one remembers until he abruptly gave up chewing tobacco. Nicotine is very physically and mentally addictive and perhaps helped him supplement his getting off booze & drugs. He cannot be fooled by all those pitches way outside. Some yes but he is/was too talented to be fooled that often so something else is going on that prevents him from not swinging at bad pitches.

  9. punksinplay - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Head case.

  10. ksig0280 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Ocular keratitis

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