Josh Hamilton
American professional baseball player, outfielder
Josh Hamilton
Joshua Holt "Josh" Hamilton is an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, Hamilton has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) since 2007. A member of the Texas Rangers (2008–present), he also played for the Cincinnati Reds (2007). He is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player in 2010. He was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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Rangers waive Josh Hamilton, leave door open for return in '17
ABC News - 6 months
The Texas Rangers?placed injury-plagued outfielder Josh Hamilton on unconditional release waivers Tuesday, while leaving open the possibility of the former MVP rejoining the team on a minor league deal in 2017. Hamilton underwent season-ending surgery in June to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and he said in late July that he? expects to be fully healthy and ready in time for spring training. The 35-year-old outfielder was activated off the 60-day disabled list and then placed on waivers. The move, which was expected, affords Hamilton the opportunity to return to the Rangers for spring training on a non-roster deal. If the Rangers hadn't placed him on waivers by the end of August, Hamilton wouldn't have been able to play for them until after May 15, 2017, per Major League Baseball's contract rules. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told reporters in a conference call that he had discussed the move with Hamilton, most recently on...
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Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton says he'll be ready for spring training
LATimes - 7 months
Seven weeks after extensive surgery on his left knee, Texas slugger Josh Hamilton said Thursday that he anticipates being fully healthy and ready when the Rangers get to spring training in Arizona before next season. “I’m just really excited that I feel like’s it better, I feel like it’s fixed,”...
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Which baseball players provide the least bang for biggest bucks? Josh Hamilton's right up there
LATimes - 9 months
Two of baseball’s grandest fascinations collided the other day in Texas, when Nomar Mazara’s bat collided with a pitch. Josh Hamilton was a curious footnote, the fearsome slugger reduced to forgotten man. Baseball loves its home runs, and its records. Mazara hit the ball so far that the person...
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Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton out for season after knee surgery
LATimes - 9 months
Josh Hamilton will not play this season, the Texas Rangers announced Monday.The outfielder will undergo surgery on his left knee for the third time in nine months. General Manager Jon Daniels said Hamilton hopes to return next season, the last in a five-year, $125-million contract he signed with...
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Rangers OF Hamilton to have season-ending surgery
Yahoo News - 9 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo left knee surgery next month that is expected to sideline him the rest of the season, the Rangers Radio Network reported Monday. Hamilton made his decision after receiving a second opinion, the network said, with the operation scheduled for June 8. Hamilton, 35, underwent two procedures on his knee in 2015 when he played in just 50 games.
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Severe burns as e-cigarette explodes
CNN - 12 months
Josh Hamilton is recovering from severe burns on his right thigh after an electronic cigarette battery apparently exploded in his pocket over the weekend. The Owensboro, Kentucky, resident was paying for snacks at his local Shell gas station when flames shot out from his leg through his clothes.
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Josh Hamilton Has Injured Knee and Will Start Season on DL
NYTimes - 12 months
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured left knee.
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Texas Rangers Outfielder Josh Hamilton Has Sore Knee
NYTimes - about 1 year
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said Thursday he is dealing with soreness in his left knee after a second surgery.
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Rangers' Josh Hamilton makes big plays against Angels
LATimes - over 1 year
It would be the ultimate indignity for the Angels if Josh Hamilton, the left fielder they are paying $60 million over three years to play for the Rangers after his winter substance-abuse relapse and April trade to Texas, delivered a key hit to knock them out of the playoff race. Hamilton, who was...
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Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Highlights of Major League Baseball games played on Sunday: --- Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1 On the day the St. Louis honored the late Oscar Taveras with a pregame ceremony, Carlos Martinez channeled his emotions into seven powerful shutout innings to beat Los Angeles 3-1. Martinez then allowed just one hit -- a second-inning single to Andre Ethier -- and walked three with eight strikeouts. --- Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 Pinch hitter Josh Hamilton lined a two-run double to left-center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Texas to a 4-3 win over Boston.
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Hamilton laps up Texas homecoming with double blast
Yahoo News - over 1 year
(Reuters) - Josh Hamilton has returned to Texas with a bang, hitting two home runs in his second game in front of the Arlington crowd as he led the Rangers to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. One night earlier, Hamilton went 2-for-4 in his first game back in Arlington as a Texas Ranger since 2012. Receiving welcoming ovations from a partisan crowd, Hamilton blasted a solo home run to right field in the second inning then struck again in the fourth on a blow that snapped a 2-2 tie.
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Back to the future: Josh Hamilton starts comeback against Barry Zito
LATimes - almost 2 years
Josh Hamilton finally got back to the one place he feels most comfortable. On Sunday, he got back into the batter's box.
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Josh Hamilton signing is a gift that keeps on giving the Angels grief
LATimes - almost 2 years
That Josh Hamilton was a terrible signing for the Angels is self-evident. Baseball is flush with cash, but paying $3.4 million for each home run nonetheless is a horrendous rate of return.
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Angels drop the ball in dumping Josh Hamilton
LATimes - almost 2 years
It's one thing to overpay for aging first basemen or stumbling outfielders, it's quite another to plunk down about $60 million for intolerance and insensitivity.
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Angels reportedly agree to trade Josh Hamilton to Rangers
LATimes - almost 2 years
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Josh Hamilton
  • 2016
    Age 34
    On May 25, 2016, it was announced that Hamilton would not participate for the entire 2016 season after undergoing knee surgery for the third time in nine months.
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    Hamilton began the 2016 season on the 15-day disabled list.
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  • 2015
    Age 33
    On July 30, 2015, Hamilton recorded 4 RBI, a home run and walk off base hit in a 7-6 Rangers' win over the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details In the ALDS, Hamilton's first hit was a single in Game 3. This ended his postseason hitless streak at 31 at-bats, which tied for second all time.
    Hamilton had a huge series against the Boston Red Sox from May 28–31, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details On May 28 of the same year Hamilton returned to Texas for the first time in a Rangers uniform since leaving the team after the 2012 season. He received a standing ovation from the crowd and proceeded to hit a double on the first pitch he saw. Hamilton went 2-4 in the game, driving in the only run for his own team in a 5-1 loss at the time. On May 29, Hamilton hit two home runs in his first multi-homer game with the Rangers since 2012, leading the team to a 7-4 victory. Two days later, he hit a pinch-hit two RBI double vs. the Red Sox to win the game in walk-off-the-game fashion, 4-3.
    After a short rehab stint to rehabilitate his injured shoulder between the Rangers AA and AAA Minor League affiliates, Hamilton was called up to the MLB team on May 24, 2015 and was inserted to the starting lineup on May 25, 2015 in a Memorial Day match up in Cleveland against the Cleveland Indians.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded his first hit back with the Rangers on May 27.
    Hamilton was officially traded back to the Rangers on April 27, 2015, for cash or a player to be named later.
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    On February 26, 2015, news broke that Hamilton had recently had a relapse, using both cocaine and alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details News reports noted that Hamilton had apparently confirmed his relapse personally to MLB officials on February 25.
    In early 2015, shortly after another substance-abuse relapse, Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from Katie after 11 years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Under the terms of their divorce, Katie is not allowed to hide their children from him, make disparaging remarks about him, or allow another man stay overnight in the same home as the children. Hamilton's struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented. He finally got clean after being confronted by his grandmother, Mary Holt. In May 2008 Hamilton said he had not used drugs or alcohol since October 6, 2005. When giving a brief summary of his recovery, Hamilton says simply: "It's a God thing." He does not shy away from telling his story, speaking to community groups and fans at many functions. He frequently tells stories publicly of how he believes that Jesus brought him back from the brink and that faith is what keeps him going. Hamilton also wrote an autobiography called Beyond Belief which explains how he quit drugs and alcohol and found a relationship with God. His wife Katie sometimes accompanies him, offering her perspective on his struggles as well. To comply with the provisions of MLB's drug policy, Hamilton provides urine samples for drug testing at least three times per week. Rangers' coach Johnny Narron says of the frequent testing: "I think he looks forward to the tests. He knows he's an addict. He knows he has to be accountable. He looks at those tests as a way to reassure people around him who had faith."
    During February 2015, Hamilton underwent shoulder surgery to repair the AC joint.
    More Details Hide Details While he was recovering, it was revealed that he had a relapse into his drug addiction, which he voluntarily reported to MLB. An outside arbitrator ruled that his voluntary admission did not violate baseball's drug policy and he could not be suspended. Despite the ruling, team owner Arte Moreno ordered all Hamilton's merchandise to be removed from the team stores and made comments to the media implying that he did not want Hamilton back on the team. The players union and several Angels players spoke up in Hamilton's defense. The Angels began to layout a rehab plan for him, but shortly afterwards reports surfaced that the Angels were looking to trade Hamilton.
  • 2014
    Age 32
    2014 was a challenging year for Hamilton, going .263 for only 10 HR and 44 RBIs.
    More Details Hide Details Worse, during the ALDS against Kansas City, Hamilton batted .000 (going 0–13). At least twice during Game 1 of the ALDS there was a runner on 2nd and Hamilton either struck out or grounded out. LA Angels fans were frustrated with him, booing him several times during the game. In response, Hamilton stated to the Orange County Register that it was comical that fans were booing him and that he "didn't... play for the fans" in the stands, but for the other players.
  • 2012
    Age 30
    On December 13, 2012, Hamilton agreed in principle to a 5-year contract, worth $125 million with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    More Details Hide Details This deal became official on December 15. During his first year with the Angels, Hamilton played 151 games batting .250 with 32 doubles, 21 home runs, and 79 RBI.
    Hamilton held a press conference on February 3, 2012, to apologize for his actions.
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  • 2011
    Age 29
    José Bautista held the previous record with 7,454,753 votes in 2011 until Hamilton received 11,073,744 in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The record stood until 2015, when Josh Donaldson received 14,090,188 votes. Manager Ron Washington moved Hamilton to fifth in the batting order and designated hitter before a game with the White Sox on July 29. Since June 1 Hamilton had been hitting .190 with a slugging percentage of .374. Washington said he moved Hamilton in hopes of taking some of the pressure off him and also gave Hamilton the day off on July 28. Hamilton responded quickly—in a game on July 29 he recorded multiple walks for the first time in the month of July and did not record a strikeout for the first time in seven games. On July 30 he went 3-for-4 with a home run, his first game recording greater than 2 hits since May 11. On October 3, during the American League West Division Championship Game between the Rangers and the Athletics, Hamilton's career went downhill during a crucial play. Tied at 5–5 in the 4th inning with two outs and a man on first and second base, Yoenis Céspedes hit an easy pop up towards Hamilton that would have ended the inning, however, Hamilton misplayed the out as the ball landed behind him causing the two runners to score and give Oakland a 7–5 lead as the A's went on to win that game 12–5 and take the American League West Division Title. On October 5, during the American League Wild Card Game between the Orioles and the Rangers, Hamilton was booed in what would be his final at bat for Texas when he struck out during a rally that would eventually fail for Texas as Baltimore defeated the Rangers 5–1 in that game.
    In 2011, Hamilton batted .298 with 25 home runs.
    More Details Hide Details He was 3rd in the American League in sacrifice flies (10), 6th in intentional walks (13), and 8th in slugging percentage.(.536). Hamilton hit .395 with 9 home runs and 25 RBI during the month of April and was named the league's AL Player of the Month. His home run total for the month tied a franchise record for April with four other Rangers. Hamilton was considered to be in a break out season, batting for the Triple Crown and MVP. On May 8, in a 10–3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Hamilton registered multiple career highs; he had five hits in five at-bats, hitting four two-run home runs and a double for a total of eight runs batted in. Incidentally, the only runner on base each time was Elvis Andrus. In doing this, he not only became just the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game and the first to do so since Carlos Delgado in, but also now holds the American League Record for most total bases in a single game with eighteen. He was one base shy of tying the Major League Record. Hamilton was selected to appear in his fifth-career All-Star Game after accumulating the most number of fan votes by any player in the history of the All-Star Game selection process.
    He was an All Star in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On July 8, during a home game at Rangers Ballpark, a 39-year-old firefighter died while catching a foul ball tossed into the stands by Hamilton. The fan, Shannon Stone, leaned over the rail to catch the ball and fell 20 feet behind the scoreboard. He was transported to a hospital, but died on the way. After learning the news after the game, Hamilton was said to be distraught. It was the third incident in which a fan fell out of the stands at Rangers Ballpark. On September 30, the son of the fallen firefighter and his mother returned to Rangers Ballpark for the first time after the incident. The son, eight-year-old Cooper Stone, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Hamilton to start the American League Division Series. Hamilton proceeded to exchange multiple hugs with the family.
    Hamilton avoided arbitration by signing for 2 years and $24 million on February 10, 2011, with the Texas Rangers.
    More Details Hide Details On April 12, in Detroit, he suffered a fracture to his right humerus on a play at home plate. On May 18, he began a rehab assignment at the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. He returned to the Rangers' lineup on May 23, and went 2–4 against Chicago White Sox pitcher John Danks, hitting his first home run of the season on the second pitch he saw during his first at bat.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    On November 23, 2010 Hamilton was voted the AL MVP.
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    On October 22, Hamilton and the Rangers won the 2010 ALCS.
    More Details Hide Details It was the first time in Rangers history they had gone to a World Series. To get there they had to beat the defending Champions the New York Yankees. With four home runs, seven RBIs, and the recipient of several intentional walks in the AL Championship Series win against the Yankees, he won the ALCS MVP Award.
    Hamilton won the AL Players Choice Award for Outstanding Player in 2010.
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    His performance in 2010 made him a front-runner for the AL MVP Award.
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    Hamilton hit for a league-leading .359 average in 2010, winning his first batting title.
    More Details Hide Details This was the fourth-best batting average since the end of the 2004 season. He also finished fourth in Major League Baseball in On-Base Percentage (.411), first in Slugging Percentage (.633) and On-Base Plus Slugging (1.044), and tied for tenth in home runs (32), despite missing 29 games due to an injury. He was also one of just 25 players to have 100 RBIs.
    As in his prior two seasons with the Rangers, Hamilton was again selected to start in the 2010 All-Star Game, as one of six members of the Rangers to represent the franchise at the All-Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton entered the All-Star Break with a .346 batting average, second in the AL to Miguel Cabrera's .346 batting average. On August 27, he set a Ranger record with his 24th three-hit game of the season. On September 4, Hamilton bruised his rib cage after making a leaping catch into the outfield wall. He was sidelined for almost a month and returned to play with only three games left in the regular season. He hit a home run the next day. His talent and popularity have earned him a litany of nicknames including "The Hammer"; "Hambino", referencing to the great Babe Ruth; "The Natural"; and "Hambone" his high school nickname tattooed on his arm.
    In 2010, Hamilton was moved to left field to put young outfielder Julio Borbon in center field.
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    On October 22, 2010, Hamilton was selected as MVP of the 2010 ALCS.
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  • 2009
    Age 27
    Hamilton finished batting .268 with 10 home runs and 54 RBIs in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details A story that brought some controversy was when it was revealed Hamilton had got drunk in an Arizona bar earlier in the year. Hamilton subsequently apologized about the lapse.
    Though injured, he was selected by fan voting to play in the 2009 All-Star game, where he was joined by teammates Michael Young and Nelson Cruz.
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    After visiting doctors in Philadelphia on June 8, 2009, they found a slight abdominal tear, and he underwent a successful surgical operation to repair it the next day.
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    Hamilton spent a portion of 2009 on the disabled list, with a bruised rib cage and an abdominal strain.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    He was selected to participate in the 2008 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby the evening before the game.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton selected 71-year-old Clay Council to throw to him during the Derby. Council was a volunteer who threw batting practice for him as a child in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the first round of the event Hamilton hit 28 home runs, breaking the single-round record of 24 set by Bobby Abreu in 2005. Hamilton ended up hitting the most total home runs in the contest with 35, but lost in the final round to Justin Morneau, as the scores were reset. His record-setting first round included 13 straight home runs at one point, and 7 that went further than. His longest home run was 518 feet. In 2006, when Hamilton was trying to get back into baseball, he had a dream in which he participated in a Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium, but he could not remember how many home runs he had hit. After the Derby, Hamilton said: "This was like living the dream out, because like I've said, I didn't know the ending to that dream." On August 17, he was intentionally walked with the bases loaded against the Rays in the bottom of the ninth, with the Rays leading 7–3, to bring Marlon Byrd to the plate. The Rays went on to win the game 7–4. Hamilton thus became the sixth player in history, and the first American League player in 107 years, to receive an intentional walk with the bases loaded.
    Fans selected Hamilton as one of the starting outfielders for the AL at the 2008 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium.
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    On July 9, 2008, Hamilton hit the first walk-off home run of his career, against Francisco Rodríguez.
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    Hamilton was featured on the cover of the June 2, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated, in a story chronicling his comeback.
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  • 2007
    Age 25
    Along with Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto, and Ryan Braun, he was one of four who had made their MLB debut in 2007 or 2008.
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    On December 21, 2007, the Reds traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers for Edinson Vólquez and Danny Herrera.
    More Details Hide Details In, Hamilton locked up the Rangers starting center fielder job with a stellar spring training. His spring training performance continued into the regular season. Hamilton, usually slotted fourth in the Texas batting order, led all major league players in RBIs for the month of April. He was named AL Player of the Month after hitting .330 with 32 RBIs during the month. Hamilton then went on to win player of the month for the second straight month in May, becoming the first AL player in baseball history to be awarded Player of the Month for the first two months of the season.
    In order to retain the rights to Hamilton, the Reds had to keep him on their Major League 25-man roster for the entire 2007 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was one of the Reds' best hitters in spring training, leaving camp with a .403 batting average. The Reds planned to use him as a fourth outfielder. Hamilton started most of the time in center field after an injury to Ryan Freel. Hamilton made his long-awaited Major League debut on April 2 against the Chicago Cubs in a pinch-hit appearance, receiving a 22-second standing ovation. As he was waiting to bat, Cubs catcher Michael Barrett said, "You deserve it, Josh. Take it all in, brother. I'm happy for you." After he lined out, Hamilton stayed in the game to play left field. He made his first start on April 10 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, batting leadoff. In that game, he recorded his first Major League hit, a home run off Edgar Gonzalez. The next night, he hit another. Hamilton was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April. On May 22, the Reds placed Hamilton on the 15-day disabled list with gastroenteritis; they activated him on June 5 after he batted .333 (8-for-24) with four home runs and six RBIs in a six-game Minor League rehabilitation assignment. Hamilton went back on the DL on July 12 with a sprained wrist. He was shut out in the voting for the Rookie of the Year, which was won by Ryan Braun.
    Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 draft.
    More Details Hide Details During the off-season he was traded to the Rangers. During the 2008 season, Hamilton was named to the AL All-Star team. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, where he hit a record 28 home runs in the opening round and finished with 35 home runs, which was second-most all-time in derby history. He made the All-Star team the next four seasons as well. In 2012, Hamilton received more votes than any other player on the All-Star Game ballot, besting by approximately 3.5 million votes the vote count set in 2011 by José Bautista. Hamilton won the AL batting title in 2010.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    Left off the Rays' 40-man roster, Hamilton was selected third overall in the 2006 Rule 5 draft by the Chicago Cubs, who immediately traded him to the Reds for $100,000 ($50,000 for his rights, and $50,000 to cover the cost of the Rule 5 selection).
    More Details Hide Details In their coverage of the draft, Chris Kline and John Manuel of Baseball America called Hamilton "the biggest name in the Rule 5 in many years."
    He played 15 games with the Hudson Valley Renegades at the end of the 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to returning to baseball, Hamilton also served as a cautionary tale for his young teammates with the Renegades.
    Hamilton was allowed to work out with the Devil Rays minor league players starting on June 2, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details By the end of the month, he was allowed to participate in minor league games. In order for this to happen, the Rays had to run Hamilton through waivers, making him available for any team for $20,000. No team put a claim in for him.
    Hamilton first started working at Silver's Academy in January 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His duties included cleaning the bathrooms and raking the infield. He spent his nights sleeping on an air mattress in one of the facilities offices. After several months there, Hamilton attempted to play with an independent minor league team, but MLB stepped in and disallowed it.
  • 2003
    Age 21
    During Spring training of the 2003 season, Hamilton failed his first drug test.
    More Details Hide Details At the start of the season, Hamilton showed up late several times during spring training and was reassigned to the team's minor league camp. He left the team and resurfaced several times, but eventually took the rest of the season off for personal reasons. Hamilton was hoping to return to spring training with the Devil Rays in, but he was suspended 30 days and fined for violating the drug policy put in place by MLB. Because of the length of his suspension, and the terms of the drug policy, Hamilton could have failed two or more drug tests after being put into the program. A "failed" test is one in which there is a positive result for a drug more severe than marijuana. A month later, MLB suspended him for the entire season after he failed two more tests. Hamilton was out of baseball for almost three years. He made several attempts at rehabilitation, and started off the season with hopes of being a star major league outfielder. However, he was arrested before the season for smashing the windshield of a friend's truck. The Rays placed him on the restricted list, moving him off the 40-man roster. After another relapse, MLB suspended him for the entire 2006 season.
  • 2002
    Age 20
    They started dating in 2002 when he returned to Raleigh, and married in 2004.
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  • 2001
    Age 19
    Hamilton only played 45 games in the 2001 season, split between Charleston (A-Ball) and the Orlando Rays, a Double-A team in the Southern League.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton began the season with the Bakersfield Blaze, batting .303 with nine home runs and 44 RBIs in 56 games before his season came to an end due to lingering toe and neck injuries. The Devil Rays noticed a change in Hamilton and reacted by sending him to the Betty Ford Center for drug rehabilitation.
    The 2001 season also marked the beginning of his drug and alcohol use, and he made his first attempt at rehabilitation.
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  • 2000
    Age 18
    In addition, Hamilton was named to the 2000 All-Star Futures Game, a game designed to showcase minor league prospects.
    More Details Hide Details Hamilton was also voted Minor League Player of the year by USA Today. At the start of his pro career, Hamilton's parents quit their jobs so they could travel with their son. Prior to the season, Hamilton was involved in an automobile accident. His mother and father were also injured in the accident, but they recuperated from their injuries. This also marked the time Hamilton started hanging around a tattoo parlor, which consequently led to his experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    After hitting .529 in 25 games with 13 home runs, 20 stolen bases, 35 runs batted in (RBIs), and 34 runs scored, Hamilton was widely considered one of the top two prospects for the 1999 MLB draft, along with Josh Beckett, a Texas high school product.
    More Details Hide Details The Tampa Bay Devil Rays owned the number one pick and on June 2, selected Hamilton with the first overall selection. Hamilton signed with Tampa Bay, receiving a $3.96 million signing bonus, and joined their minor league system. His first stop in the minors was the rookie level Princeton Devil Rays of the Appalachian League where he played 56 games. He later joined the Hudson Valley Renegades, and helped lead them to their first New York–Penn League championship. He spent the season with the Charleston RiverDogs in the South Atlantic League. Hamilton enjoyed a breakout season where he hit .301 average in 96 games, with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs. He was also selected to the South Atlantic League All Star game and took home MVP honors after 2–6 with two triples and two runs scored.
    He was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
    More Details Hide Details He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career, beginning in 2001.
  • 1981
    Born on May 21, 1981.
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