Los Angeles Angels

Josh Hamilton Asked Out Of Sunday’s Lineup


Josh Hamilton 2Suffering from what can be considered a season long slump, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton removed himself from Sunday’s lineup in what would be a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, in order to give himself a mental break from his lingering issues.

“Yeah, I asked [Angels manager Mike Scioscia] could I have a day because I felt like I was spinning my wheels and felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere,” Hamilton said after Sunday’s 3-2 loss. “So sometimes it’s good to do that and take a step back.”

Hamilton has only been hitting .266 on the year, while only hitting 8 homeruns and 35 RBIs over the course of the season. Hamilton has gotten a hit in each of the last 4 games, but has only hit 2 homeruns and 3 RBIs so far this month.

“Josh is not the same as he was when we were looking in the other dugout in Texas,” Scioscia said Saturday. “Right now, he’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence that we know he has. He’s working hard to try to find it.”

Hamilton agrees with Scioscia’s assessment of the issue.

“Yeah, that’s the majority of what the game is about, having confidence in what you do and knowing you’re capable of doing things on a daily basis to help the team win,” Hamilton said. “The less successful you are, the less confidence you have, and so it’s just a big cycle. If you can get some hits and some flairs and broken bats like that, it will help that confidence and hopefully those types of things will start happening.”

Hamilton’s production certainly leaves a lot to be desired for the Angels who signed him to a 5 year $125 million contract signed before last season.

For his and the angels sake, he needs to find his confidence again sooner rather than later.


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