Derby.

Courtesy of the great Grant Smith (whose renowned baseball artwork
can be seen at http://www.grant9smith.com/),
take a look at Josh Hamilton’s 90 games with Cincinnati
last year and his 93 with Texas
in 2008:

 

SEASON

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

BB

SO

SB

CS

OBP

SLG

AVG

2007

90

298

52

87

17

2

19

47

165

33

65

3

3

.368

.554

.292

2008

93

377

60

117

22

3

21

95

208

37

65

7

0

.367

.552

.310


Remarkable similarity, other than in the RBI column, which is
easily attributable to the fact that he’s generally been hitting behind Ian
Kinsler and Michael Young this season, as opposed to hitting behind Dave Ross
and Aaron Harang like he did in 2007. 

Hamilton,
stunningly, hit in the leadoff spot more than in any other spot in the Reds’ order.

Of the pitchers Hamilton
has stepped in against more than a couple times in his two seasons in the big
leagues, he has a slug of 2.000 or higher against six of them. 

It’s safe to say that he’s not going to slap a 4.000 on 71-year-old
Clay Council tonight as he’s done against 27-year-old Tom Mastny (one home run
and two intentional walks in three trips), but maybe he can finish in that
2.000-2.250 territory that Shawn Chacon, Aaron Cook, Danny Haren, Kyle
Kendrick, and Tyler Yates find themselves in.

Count me among those who cringes a bit at the thought of Hamilton
(or any Rangers hitter) participating in the Home Run Derby because of the deleterious
effect it has had in the past on some power hitters coming out of the Break, but
I’m also in the camp that believes that Hamilton can overcome just about anything.  If he wants this, and he clearly does, I want
it for him.

Have fun tonight.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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