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Josh Hamilton: A great player, who gets hurt

Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 11:51 am
 
Josh Hamilton does things other players can't.

But Josh Hamilton also gets hurt when other players don't.

He can be the best player in the game, as last year's Most Valuable Player award proves. He can be one of the hardest-to-depend-on stars in the game, as Tuesday's freak injury proves again.

The Rangers said Tuesday night that Hamilton will miss at least six weeks, and perhaps as much as eight weeks, after he suffered a non-displaced fracture of the humerus bone just below his right shoulder. Hamilton was hurt on a play at the plate in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

So Hamilton is on the disabled list -- again.

You can ask how good a career he'd have if he could just stay healthy, but that's the ultimate hypothetical. He doesn't stay healthy.

It's how he became a Ranger in the first place.

The Reds traded Hamilton away after the 2007 for one reason, and one reason only. Their medical people told them he was too big a health risk, in large part because of the drugs he took earlier in his life.

Since then, Hamilton has had two great seasons with the Rangers, one in which he drove in 130 runs, another in which he won the MVP and helped the Rangers to the World Series.

He's also been on the disabled list three times in three years, and it would have been four except that his ribcage injury last September came after the rosters expanded.

He plays hard, he plays well and, well, he gets hurt.

Now he's out for another 6-8 weeks, after getting hurt Tuesday on a strange play at the plate. He's out, even though the play seemed so innocuous that neither set of television announcers even mentioned the possibility of an injury.

He's out, because he chose to dive into home plate (and then strangely blamed third-base coach Dave Anderson for choosing to send him home in the first place).

"The whole time I was watching the play and I was listening [to Anderson]," Hamilton told reporters in Detroit. "I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to go. Something is going to happen.' But I listened to my coach and I went."

Hamilton is right about one thing. Something was going to happen. With Hamilton, something is always going to happen.

Part of the reason is the way he plays, with little regard for his body, and the Rangers love that aggressive attitude. But they also try to protect him against it.

It's why they moved him from center field to left field this year, hoping to limit the chances he'd get hurt on defense. So instead, he gets hurt 11 games into the season, in a game where he was the designated hitter.

Now he's out for two months or so, and now there are two big questions:

-- Does Hamilton's absence open up an American League West race that was starting to look like a runaway? The Rangers were off to the best start in their history, and no other team in the West looked that strong.

Now Hamilton is out, and while the Rangers have a capable replacement in David Murphy, Murphy doesn't bring what Hamilton does. The Rangers gave Hamilton's roster spot to Chris Davis, who had a good spring and was off to a great start at Triple-A Round Rock. But Davis doesn't bring what Hamilton does, either.

Maybe the A's now have a chance in the West, or maybe the Angels even have a chance -- although I'm still thinking the Rangers win it.

One reason is that their starting pitching is shaping up to be much better than some people expected. The Rangers entered spring training with only two starters set (C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis), but in the early days of the season Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando have been the talk of baseball.
 
-- Do the Rangers think even harder about how much of a long-term commitment they should make to Hamilton? He's 29 years old, and he's signed through 2012. Without health questions, he'd be looking at a long extension. Maybe he still is, but would you trust him to be healthy?

Hamilton is a great story, the guy who overcame drug addiction to star in the major leagues. But he's also a guy who has played just one full season uninterrupted by injury in five years in the big leagues.

He's a great player, when he's healthy. All too often, he isn't healthy.

That's Josh Hamilton.



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:01 am
 

Josh Hamilton: A great player, who gets hurt




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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: May 11, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Josh Hamilton: A great player, who gets hurt

  I have got to disagree with the gentleman who stated that Josh Hamilton is not great - only good.
He is a great player of the kind that come about every generation or so. He reminds me of Mantle in that everyuthing he does he does so well. Plays center, steals bases, hits for high average (not so much Mantle), hits towering home runs, can carry a team a long way during the season.
   A monstrous player, er a monster.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Josh Hamilton: A great player, who gets hurt

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