Josh Hamilton is one of those guys that earned himself a boatload of money with a couple of solid seasons. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player, but he is great? Not in my opinion.
It’s not often you see a guy earn a five-year, $123 million contract after just six years in the majors who is already past the veteran age of 30. The 32-year-old superstar is a good player and he has proven that, hitting a career .296, approaching 200 homers and 600 RBI in his seventh MLB season.
With plenty of off-field issues, Hamilton was considered a liability to sign, especially at his age, for the Los Angeles Angels. However, it has been looking like money is no issue for the Angels as they signed aging superstar Albert Pujols the season before.
Back to the point. While I do believe Hamilton is a solid player that even I would love to have on the team that I root for, he’s not as good as advertised. Yes, he’s hit over 30 homers and 100 RBI three times in his first six seasons, but it’s what he has been doing since signing the monumental contract that has people scratching their heads and second-guessing.
Hamilton is hitting just .218 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI through 75 games this season. On pace to finish with his lowest totals as a pro in nearly every category, you have to be wondering if this is the beginning of his downfall or just a rough year.
Players have bad seasons all the time, but his last two seasons have been a bit of an indication of a struggling hitter. He did have a .285 average and over 40 home runs last season, but his 162 strikeouts made him one of the league leaders in that category and were 36 more than he’s ever had in a season.
The 2013 season hasn’t been much better thus far. Hamilton already has 80 strikeouts through 75 games– on pace to break his previous career-high.
Not sure if this is a sign of future struggles or not, but either way, Hamilton was not worth the money. Sorry, Angels fans.