Texas Rangers: Home Run Derby

Josh Hamilton won't compete in HR Derby

June, 5, 2012
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OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Hamilton, who had one of the most memorable Home Run Derby performances in the history of the event, will be passing again on the chance at an encore.

The Texas Rangers superstar said on Tuesday that he has was offered the opportunity to be the captain for the American League’s Home Run Derby team but that he declined and said he won’t participate at all. Hamilton has not been a part of the event since 2008, when he hit a record 28 homers in the first round.

“It’s just not the right time,” Hamilton said of passing on this year’s event. “I haven’t done it in the last couple years. I want to be healthy and be the best I can be for the team. I don’t want to take a chance of going out and hurting anything trying to entertain folks in the (Home Run Derby). That’s why I declined again.”

Read the rest of the story here.

Hambino tops Derby's anniversary list

July, 12, 2010
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With the Home Run Derby celebrating its silver anniversary, ESPN.com writer Jayson Stark has compiled a list of the top 25 moments from the past 25 years. Not surprisingly, Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton's exploits at old Yankee Stadium in 2008 comes in at No. 1.

What's lost from that contest, in which Hamilton launched 28 homers in one round: He didn't win it. Justin Morneau did. But who cares? What Hamilton did that night will be remembered for a loooooong time.

But if you don't agree with the No. 1 ranking, you can cast your vote. Click here for the ballot to vote for your favorite moment.

Hamilton on Derby: 'Nothing to prove.'

June, 23, 2010
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton said Tuesday that he has decided not to participate in the Home Run Derby at next month's All-Star Game. Why?

"I feel like why mess up a good thing?" Hamilton said following Tuesday's 6-3 win over Pittsburgh. "I've got nothing to prove. It's fun. I would like to do it, but you've got to think about the whole season and the club."

Hamilton said participating in the Derby in 2008 didn't alter his swing mechanics or cause any issues for him. But that was about telling his story to a national audience. He had a record-breaking 28 homers at Yankee Stadium in the first round of the competition. He eventually lost to Justin Morneau, but it's Hamilton that everyone remembers that night.

"I did learn this year that batting practice isn't for hitting homers," Hamilton said. "You have to work on things and take advantage of that time. I think it's best for me to keep doing what I'm doing."

Hamilton did not participate last year, but cheered on Nelson Cruz as the Rangers' lone Derby member. Cruz hasn't made a firm decision on it yet.

I have to say that I agree with Hamilton on this one. As much as I, like any fan, would like to see him bash homers in Anaheim, it's probably smarter that he take it easy. If he's in the All-Star Game, it's a chance to not do much for at least one of those off days. And he's right: He doesn't have anything to prove. All of baseball knows he has power. Besides, there's no way he can better that night in 2008. Maybe it's best if that becomes his one, memorable appearance in the Derby.

What do you think of Hamilton's decision not to compete in the Derby?

Hamilton: HR derby not in plans

June, 22, 2010
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Josh Hamilton had a wide-ranging interview with Galloway & Company on ESPN 103.3 FM on Tuesday.

When Randy Galloway expressed his concern that Hamilton would throw his locked-in swing out of whack by participating in the Home Run Derby, the Rangers' left fielder immediately replied, "Don't worry about it."

Later in the interview, Hamilton reiterated that he had decided not to participate.

"I've already talked to my wife about it," he said. "I ain't going to mess with it this year if I get voted in."

Hamilton is No. 3 in outfield voting, so there's a good chance he will be voted in.

Listen to the entire interview here.

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BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182