Tag:Josh Hamilton
Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Hamilton not interested in playing Home Run Derby

Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton revealed Wednesday he has no plans to participate in the 2010 Home Run Derby.

Hamilton, who is batting .339/.383/.613 on the season and .476 in the month of June with eight home runs, doesn't want to risk getting off his game. While the Home Run Derby is one of the more enjoyable contests to participate in, there is a burgeoning curse of Derby participation -- one that Hamilton apparently isn't interested in testing.

"I feel like, 'Why mess up a good thing?'" Hamilton told ESPN 103.3 FM Tuesday. "I've got nothing to prove. It's fun. I would like to do it, but you've got to think about the whole season and the club."

Hamilton is currently third among AL outfielders in All-Star Game voting, putting him on track to start in the game alongside Ichiro Suzuki and Carl Crawford.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 14, 2010 2:46 pm
 

AL All-Star voting


Major League Baseball released an update on voting for the American League All-Star team today, and all the position leaders maintained and increased their leads.

Twins catcher Joe Mauer is far and away the biggest vote-getter in the AL with 2,617,822 -- that's more than half a million more than the second-highest vote-getter, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.

The Rangers' Nelson Cruz is hanging onto the third and final starting outfield spot, but teammate Josh Hamilton, who's batting .412 this month, is rising fast. He's in fourth place, about 87,000 votes back.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:29 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:31 am
 

No guarantee with top pick

It was spring of 2007 and the Cincinnati Reds had three players in the clubhouse who had been taken with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft -- and at the time, they represented anything but a common path.

Ken Griffey Jr. was the ideal -- picked No. 1 out of Cincinnati Moeller High School, Griffey was in the big leagues less than two years later.

Also in that clubhouse was Paul Wilson, the top pick in 1994, who had a long, if not distinguished Major League career ravaged by an arm injury.

And then there was the 1999 1-1: Josh Hamilton. At the time, he was little more than a curiosity, the ultimate cautionary tale, promise derailed by a mixture of injuries and addiction.

Since then, Hamilton has bounced back to become an All-Star and Wilson and Griffey have retired.

As for top picks, in 2016, Griffey will become the first 1-1 since the draft was started in 1965 to be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y. Since Rick Monday was the first No. 1 pick in 1965, only 19 of those players taken have been All-Stars. Along with Griffey, it appears Chipper Jones (1990) and Alex Rodriguez (1993) will make it to the Hall of Fame, and Joe Mauer (2001) certainly looks to have that potential at this point.

Bryce Harper is the 46th first overall pick, and there's no guarantee he'll be what Washington Nationals fans expect.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

Posted on: June 7, 2010 11:42 am
 

Hamilton taps out


Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is expected to be back in the lineup tonight against Seattle after sitting out Sunday following a cortisone injection to reduce pain in his sore left knee.

That's good news for Rangers fans and Hamilton fantasy owners, considering the way Hamilton has been swinging the bat lately. He went 10-for-22 with two homers in five games last week and had an OPS of 1.319.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says Hamilton has eliminated the "toe tap" from his swing, which could be a key to his turnaround from a rough start (Hamilton was batting .205 after the first 13 games of the season, and now is at .301).

The toe tap is that little step backward some players use to start their swing, used as a timing mechanism and as part of the weight shift. Some players find it helpful, but it lengthens the process of swinging and thus shortens a hitter's reaction window. Hamilton has gone back and forth on the toe tap several times in his career.

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