Josh Hamilton is finally putting it all together for the Los Angeles Angels. He is hitting over .300 for the last ten games and .344 over the past 15 games. Finally, at long last he is doing what we all knew he could do all along. He even has two home runs over that stretch. Wait, two? Is that all? Isn’t that what you are thinking? Maybe it isn’t that bad though. Maybe the entire season hasn’t been nearly as bad as we all really have thought. Stick with me before you call me crazy in the comments section.
Hamilton was the big money slugger coming into town but was he really? Sure he had 43 homers in a contract season but that was only the third time he had ever had over 30 homers and the other two were both barely over 30. His average has never really been that high, certainly not far over .300 or anything. There are a few seasons of over 100 RBI but not every single year or anything like that.
This season Hamilton is hitting .235 with 19 homers and 60 RBI. There is no arguing about the first section of the season; that was terrible. After that point however Hamilton has really played pretty well when you think about it. It wasn’t last season but the fact is that he may never have that kind of season again. It was extraordinary for a reason. I think all of that money they gave Hamilton will be well worth it as long as they are okay with the player they have right now.
He’ll bat between .250 and .290 with 20 to 35 homers and around 100 RBI. That’s pretty good folks. Don’t try to hold him to a career year every year. That’s why it is called a career year. He is pretty good just like he is. Next year he’ll be a little better. Won’t that be enough to satisfy us? Or will MLB fans always expect him to repeat 2012 every season? That is basically unfair to Hamilton or anyone else. He might do it again but don’t get angry if he is only very good and not the MVP.