Los Angeles Angels

Scioscia: Josh Hamilton Not The Same Player He Used To Be


Josh HamiltonThe los Angeles angels find themselves in first place in the American League West division, almost in spite of the fact that Josh Hamilton has not been performing like the player he had been with the Texas Rangers.

So far in the second half of the season, Hamilton is only batting a weak .216 out of the clean up spot and is simply not putting up the same kind of numbers he did as a member of the Rangers.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia expressed some exasperation with the performance of Hamilton after the Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Saturday, telling reporters that, ““Josh is not the same that we saw when we were looking at the other dugout.” Scioscia continued, “He’s not in the batter’s box with the confidence we know he has. He’s not attacking the ball like he can. He’s working hard to try to find it …but we need him to do what he’s capable of doing, or close to that.”

While not having a terrible season overall after missing time with a thumb injury, since August 4th, the day Hamilton hit his most recent home run, he is only 5-38 at the plate with 18 strikeouts.

Hamilton is no where close to the level of play he was at with the Rangers, the kind of play that earned him a 5 year $125 million deal with the Angels, signed when he was already 31 years old.

Between the general decline of players as they age, and the toll Hamilton’s battle with addiction took on his body, it is no surprise that his play has declined over the last couple years since leaving Texas. Whether Mike Scioscia likes it or not, this is the kind of play that should be expected of Hamilton going forward.

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