In his short time in the league, Josh Hamilton’s statistics prove why he was such a highly touted player drafted first overall by the Tamp Bay Devil Rays in the 1999 amateur draft. His skill set includes all five tools and all were on display in 2010. Though Hamilton missed a considerable amount of time in 2010, (he played in 133 games) he still led the league in batting average and won the American League Most Valuable Player award.
- Most valuable player. Not only did Josh Hamilton lead the league in batting average in 2010, his OPS of 1.044 and slugging percentage of .633 were tops in the American League. He also added his second year of 100 RBIs or more with exactly 100 and added eight stolen bases. He also added "Yankee killer" to his list of titles in 2010 as he terrorized the Yankees pitching for four homeruns, seven RBIs and even added three stolen bases for the Texas Rangers during the League Championship Series.
- As injury prone as he is talented. Not counting his time missed while battling substance abuse, Josh Hamilton’s statistics are greatly hampered by injury. He was able to play in 133 games in 2010, but missed time because of rib injuries. In 2009, he played in only 89 games. He is currently injured and is expected to miss at least two months in a controversial play at the plate versus the Detroit Tigers.
- Accomplishments. Josh Hamilton is a three time All-Star playing in center field from 2008 to 2010. He was also named the 2010 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player for the damage inflicted on the heavily favored New York Yankees. He also has a runs batted in title to his credit for slugging in 130 in 2008. Three Silver Slugger awards, one batting title, a slugging title in 2010 and a Most Valuable Player award are the highest awards Josh Hamilton has received and his elite level defense is evidenced by his ranking of fifth in range factor for centerfielders and ranking third in errors committed by a centerfielder.
Though Manager Ron Washington feels Josh Hamilton should be a left fielder to save wear and tear on his body, he is quoted as saying that he loves and prefers center field to left field.
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