MVP Josh Hamilton would rather play CF

Updated: March 5, 2011, 6:16 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- If Josh Hamilton had his druthers, he'd play center field and only center field for the Texas Rangers.

But that's not going to happen, because the Rangers want the American League MVP to play left field, where he's less susceptible to crashing into walls and will have fewer chances to dive for balls in the gap.

Which is exactly why Hamilton would rather play center.

"You have more chances to do that," Hamilton said Friday. "I love to play defense ...

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