Posted at 2:19 PM on May 23, 2008
by Chris Dall
Thank goodness we won't be seeing Josh Hamilton again for awhile. In seven games against the Twins, Hamilton went 18 for 35, with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. Twins pitchers are going to be seeing this guy in their nightmares.
Hamilton is a good story. Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, he was the first high school player to be taken first overall since Alex Rodriguez in 1993 and was considered a can't-miss prospect. After being involved in a serious car accident in 2001, Hamilton became addicted to drugs and alcohol, spent the next several years in and out of rehab, and was suspended by MLB for violations of the league's drug policy. He was finally reinstated in 2006, and spent the 2007 season with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI in 90 games. He was traded in the offseason to the Rangers. Now he leads the league in batting average and RBI.
Do the Reds miss him? Maybe not. The player they received in return, Edinson Volquez, is 7-1 with a 1.33 ERA. Who got the better of the deal? Time will tell, but it's a bit surprising that a team (the Rangers) that's repeatedely proven that great hitting will only get you so far gave up a young pitcher with potential for yet another great hitter.
Hamilton will return to the Metrodome on July 18.
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