Here was that 1st at bat Josh was talking about when he came back to Texas.
Here was that 1st at bat Josh was talking about when he came back to Texas.
I know, I know. When you first hear the name Josh Hamilton, you think of lots of problems. You think of the dropped fly ball in Oakland, or Josh dancing on some bar able with a couple of chicks drinking with him.
Take a step back though, and think about a few things. Let’s look at the positives.
The reported impending deal with the Angels is about trying to find a spark to ignite the most under-performing lineup in baseball. The Rangers began Saturday with the lowest team batting average in the major leagues, .210. They were batting .199 on the road. The .210 average is the lowest the team has been through 16 games since 1972, the year the franchise moved to Arlington.
The deal itself is a baseball no-brainer. The Angels reportedly are going to pay Hamilton some $63 million, just to more or less go away. Hamilton, in turn, personally will be giving up some $8 million or so, just to get out of California.The Rangers could end up paying Hamilton about the same salary they’re paying, say, Ross Detwiler, $3.45 million. And no players or prospects will be sent to the Angels in the deal. A former MVP, virtually for free.
I know Josh has made mistakes, bad mistakes. But as we all know in life, life is always great when you get a second chance. In Josh’s life, he’s probably had many chances, and he has another one if/when he comes back to Texas.
We fans should show Josh what a “baseball town” is really like.
Apr 24, 2015, 7:27 PM EDT
Hamilton, ostracized by Angels management after his drug relapse, will return to a setting that suits him far better, even if his time in Arlington didn’t end on a high note. While there is lingering bitterness from part of the fan base, some of it deserved after negative comments that Hamilton made, there’s nothing so bad it can’t be put into the past. Obviously, Hamilton is embracing it, since he’s giving up money to make the trade happen. Hamilton was, after all, a bonafide superstar in Texas, winning MVP honors in 2010 and going to All-Star Games in each of his five seasons with the club. He hit 43 homers and drove in 128 runs in his final season there in 2012.
Just getting back into a ballpark that favors left-handed power hitters should do wonders for Hamilton. His decline in Anaheim wasn’t all about the tough hitting environment there, but it did exacerbate his problems. In 2014, all 10 of Hamilton’s homers came in road games. He hit .249/.314/.302 at home and .278/.347/.527 on the road. Basically, he was still a star while playing outside of Southern California.
It’s too much to ask Hamilton to match those road numbers after he returns from shoulder surgery this year, especially with everything else he’s dealing with off the field, including a divorce, but this is the best-case scenario for him from an on-field standpoint. And it’s a nice gamble for the Rangers, since they’ll be paying a fraction of the $25 million per year he’s owed through 2017. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says they’ll be on the hook for a mere $15 million total.
The Rangers will have to wait for Hamilton to finish rehabbing his shoulder, but once healthy, he’ll fill their massive void in left field. They opened the spring with Ryan Rua, Jake Smolinski, Michael Choice, Carlos Peguero and veterans Ryan Ludwick and Nate Schierholtz competing for the job, eventually settling on Rua and Smolinski. Rua, though, is going to miss at least a month with an ankle injury, and he wasn’t likely to settle in as a quality regular anyway.
Josh Hamilton could be back in a Texas Rangers uniform, according to a Texas Rangers beat writer.
Hamilton left the club at the end of the 2012 season and signed a five year dealwith the Los Angeles Angels.
But the relationship between Hamilton and the Angels has become irreconcilable and the club has been actively seeking a way to get rid of the slugger since spring training.
Rangers beat writer T.R. Sullivan reported Friday evening that the Rangers were willing to take Hamilton back, but that there was a lot of legal wrangling left to do.
Sullivan said the Rangers could announce a deal as soon as Monday if everything went right.
Hamilton recently filed for divorce with his wife in a Tarrant County court. He also reportedly relapsed during the offseason, which was the final straw for Angels officials. Hamilton was not disciplined by MLB after a ruling from an arbitrator in April.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly fired head coach Scott Brooks.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Thunder general manager Sam Presti met Brooks near his California home on Wednesday to inform him of the decision. Wojnarowski added that Florida coach Billy Donovan is expected to become a “serious candidate” to replace Brooks.
Brooks took over as head coach of the Thunder in 2008, and this season was his first missing the playoffs. The Thunder struggled to find consistency, thanks in large part to a series of key injuries — most notably Kevin Durant’s foot problem.
It has been obvious since the season ended that Brooks’ job was not safe, and a report on Tuesday indicated that UConn’s Kevin Ollie is a lead candidate to become the next Thunder coach. However, Ollie released a statement on Wednesday to make it clear that he has no plans to leave UConn for any NBA job.
Assuming Ollie is being truthful, Donovan looks like the frontrunner for the position. He supposedly has a longstanding relationship with Presti and many — including one of Donovan’s former players — believe he is looking to make the jump to the NBA. The OKC job certainly has plenty to offer.
Between April 11-15, Mariners OF/DH Nelson Cruz homered in five consecutive games, including a two-home run game against the Dodgers. He entered Sunday’s game against the Rangers on a seven-game hitting streak, but hadn’t homered in two games. He changed that in a hurry.
Cruz belted a solo home run to left center in the first inning against Rangers starter Ross Detwiler, following a leadoff home run from Austin Jackson. Cruz homered again in the bottom of the third, a three-run shot to left field also off of Detwiler. With the game tied 10-10 in the bottom of the ninth, Cruz walked the Mariners off with an RBI single to left field off of Neftali Feliz. Cruz has a .354/.404/.854 triple-slash line with eight home runs and 14 RBI in 52 plate appearances across 12 games.
Here’s video of the walk off single:
Cruz, 34, signed a four-year, $57 million contract with the Mariners in December. With the Orioles in 2014, Cruz led the league with 40 home runs and also knocked in 108 runs.
Mariners 3, Rangers 1
SEATTLE – There came another key juncture in another Rangers game Saturday when it became evident the Rangers sure could use an effective left-handed reliever.
That’s all well and good, but until the offense starts to function, lefty relievers are nothing more a luxury item. They need runs. Actually start with hits.
HOUSTON – Bathed in red, the inside of Toyota Center was unmistakably raucous Rocket, but the deeper thoughts of long-suffering fans occasionally bubbled forth.
Houston has playoff fever, to be sure, but Saturday night it was tinged with anxiety.
The Rockets’ utter lack of playoff success during the past 17 seasons has resulted in an understandable inferiority complex, so fans were understandably extra giddy late in the fourth quarter – and relieved – when a pair of former Mavericks helped lead Houston to the 118-108 victory.
A Plano West High School football player who was one of the most sought-after college recruits nationwide was arrested early Sunday on charges of drinking alcohol and fleeing police in a vehicle, records show.
oso Jamabo, whose legal name is Sotonye Josiah Jamabo, was booked into the Kaufman County Jail around 1:30 a.m., online booking records show.
Jamabo, 18, was held on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, minor consumption of alcohol, minor in possession of alcohol, speeding, driving without possessing a driver’s license and disregarding a stop sign. He remained jailed Sunday morning.
Details about the police allegations weren’t immediately available. Kemp police, who arrested Jamabo, didn’t immediately respond to a request for information.
It’s unclear whether Jamabo has an attorney.
Jamabo was one of the most sought-after football prospects in the nation for the Class of 2015, ranked No. 22 overall by Rivals.com.
The 6-2, 200-pound running back was named USA Today first-team all-American following his senior season, in which he rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns.
The five-star recruit made national news during his recruiting process, when a joke he told on WFAA — saying his college choice had narrowed to University of Phoenix and ITT Tech – went viral. He picked UCLA over a host of other offers, including Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M.
He was also a starter on the Plano West basketball team, which won the Class 6A state title in March.
From Pro Basketball Talk
This is a rivalry, and it makes for an entertaining 2/7 series between the Rockets and Mavericks. On the court, there are questions about how much Rajon Rondo and James Harden can give. But the secret may be if Dallas can control their defensive boards.
Jenna Corrado and I talk about a Western Conference series that will be more interesting than these seeds normally put together. I’ll take Houston, but it will not be easy.