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12/13 Afternoon OT: The See Ya At the Crossroads Edition

I'll miss this stroke, I'll miss it a lot. :(


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Joshua Holt "Josh" Hamilton (born May 21, 1981) is an American professional baseball player who is currently a free agent. An outfielder, Hamilton has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) since 2007. A member of the American League's Texas Rangers (2008–2012), he played his rookie season with the Cincinnati Reds (2007). He is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the AL Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010.

He was the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[1] He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career, beginning in 2001. Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 Draft.[2] 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.[3][4] 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 Jose Bautista.[5] Hamilton won the AL batting title in 2010. On October 22, 2010, Hamilton was selected as MVP of the 2010 ALCS. On November 23, 2010, Hamilton was named the 2010 AL MVP, earning 22 of 28 first-place votes.[6] On May 8, 2012 Hamilton became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game, all 4 home runs were 2 run home runs, and he set an AL record for total bases in a game with 18.[7]

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