Don't Sleep on Los Angeles Angels' Josh Hamilton Next Year

By Tony Baker
Josh Hamilton
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Yeah, I know, Josh Hamilton has been a huge disappointment for the Los Angeles Angels. He’s ‘Exhibit A’ for why you shouldn’t give massive contracts to streaky players, he’s a space cadet in the outfield, etc. Believe me, as someone who’s watched nearly every Angels game this season and has written extensively about Hamilton’s woes, I’m well aware of his story.

But guess what? Take Hamilton’s numbers since Aug. 8 and adjust them for a whole season’s worth of play, and what do you get? How about 25 home runs and 95 RBIs on .328 hitting? As a self-professed, born-again Christian, surely Hamilton is no stranger to the significance of a 40 day period. In his case, he has turned his season around over the past 40 days and generated momentum that Halo fans hope will last through 2014. Take another look at those numbers, and maybe you’ll notice they look strikingly similar to those of a certain other Los Angeles outfielder.

Of course, Hamilton is no Mike Trout; even in his peak years, he has never displayed the complete package that Trout flaunts on a daily basis. But when he’s been good, the Angels’ right fielder is one of the most dangerous hitters in the game. The best part is that if the Halos’ most recent 19-7 run is any indication, Hamilton doesn’t even need to be the 40+ home run terror he’s been in years past. He just needs to come through in big at-bats, as he did in Wednesday night’s 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Oakland Athletics.

What does a dominant offense look like? One with Trout, a hitting Hamilton, a 35+ home run season from Mark Trumbo, and a healthy Albert Pujols would probably fit the description. Let’s see what these guys can do.

Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker and on Google.


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