Hamilton done for the year.

According to local reports, the Rangers have decided to shut Josh Hamilton down for the season due to the pinched nerve in his lower back.  

Hamilton finishes his 2009 campaign with 365 plate appearances – about half of what he amassed in 2008 (704) – and a line of .268/.315/.426 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI, after a .304/.371/.530-32-130 line last year.  Interestingly, after torching righthanders in his breakout season in 2008, Hamilton did an inordinate amount of damage against southpaws this year, roughing them up to the tune of .327/.361/.536, with more home runs (6) than he had in more twice as many plate appearances against righties (4).  

Still, it’s been a massively disappointing year for the 28-year-old, and it’s hard to keep from wondering what might have been on the line for this team over these final six games – which could still produce 90 wins if the Rangers can pull off five wins – had he put up anything close to the production he gave Texas in his first season with the club.

Hamilton goes into his first of three arbitration-eligible seasons this winter.

The next Newberg Report and several after that will come to you from sunny Surprise, Arizona, where I’m going to spend a few days planted on the back fields, immersed in Fall Instructional League baseball.  For those of you whose friends expect you to forward Newberg Report emails to them whenever they land in your mailbox, now would be a good time to suggest they get off the schneid and sign up for themselves.  Instructions below.

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