Josh Hamilton: 'I think you'll see some changes'
Although he had little interest in holding a critical discussion about a bat that's flying into the stands at a higher rate these days than depositing baseballs into the porch, Hamilton did have a bit of a sly reply about a slump that is scraping bottom. He has a career-tying seven strikeouts in the last two games, 10 in the last four games, plus -- let's go ahead and just say it -- still just one home run in June and a .219 average over his last 30 games that has chopped his season average by 84 points to .320, still fourth best in the American League.
"Not talking about it," Hamilton said. "Just keep your eyes open and watch. That's all you need to know."
Extra time in the cage?
"No," Hamilton said.
More video work?
"No," he said.
Changes in beliefs and theories?
"Maybe," Hamilton offered. "Just give me another day or so. I think you'll see some changes."
Hamilton chuckled when asked if changes could include him hitting from the right side of the plate or committing to taking the first three pitches of each at-bat.
Rangers manager Ron Washington certainly isn't losing faith in his superstar. Hamilton is in his usual spot in the order, batting third, and playing left field today against the Colorado Rockies. However, the manager did sound as though he'd like to see Hamilton attempt to be more selective at the plate.
"For me, it’s patience," Washington said. "That doesn’t mean stop swinging the bat, just start recognizing and swinging at strikes."
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