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Josh Hamilton's struggles

Josh Hamilton was supposed to anchor the Angels' lineup for years to come, but it hasn't quite worked out that way. Jayson Stark's article on Hamilton's struggles puts the outfielder's decline into perspective: Hamilton's OBP is below .300, his slugging percentage barely hovers around .400, and he still has four years left on his $25 million deal. This obviously wasn't what the Angels expected when they signed him eight months ago, but can he rebound?

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  • How surprised are you at Josh Hamilton's struggles with the Angels?

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  • Which signing will turn out to be worse for the Angels?

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  • Will the Angels ever be World Series contenders while Josh Hamilton is on the roster?

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Josh Hamilton's batting struggles

The Angels weren't expecting to bat Josh Hamilton to bat seventh this season when they signed him to a five-year, $125 million contract. But that's what they have now, as manager Mike Scioscia moved the All-Star outfielder down in the order for Wednesday's game. Hamilton is batting .210 entering Thursday's games and his offensive numbers are well below his career averages. Did Scioscia make the right move? Is this just a nightmare season for Hamilton or an indication that the 2010 AL MVP is on the decline? Vote below!

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  • How will batting seventh affect Josh Hamilton at the plate?

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  • When will Josh Hamilton (.210, 10 HRs, 24 RBI in 69 games) break out of his slump?

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  • Josh Hamilton is batting .210 entering Thursday's games. What will his average be at the end of the season?

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  • Which of these statements best explains Josh Hamilton's slump?

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  • Did the Angels make a mistake in signing Josh Hamilton for five years and $125 million?

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Last season wasn't a happy one for Josh Hamilton or the Rangers -- fans derided him for his effort late in the season, and though Hamilton hit 43 home runs, the team had an early playoff exit. Hamilton makes an early return to Texas tonight, this time as a member of the rival Los Angeles Angels. There were some good times for Hamilton in Texas, but do those outweigh his later falling-out?

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The Rangers appear content to let Josh Hamilton walk away, if a report that the team will offer the All-Star outfielder no more than a three-year deal is true. Are the Rangers setting limitations for themselves that they'll later regret? Or are they being wise, considering how players signed to long-term deals have fared of late?


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Josh Hamilton has remarkable talent and can light up the scoreboard with his bat. But he's also been prone to injuries, and his off-field troubles remain a concern.

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The Rangers likely will not offer Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract. How much would you want your team to offer him?

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The Rangers are allowing Josh Hamilton to test free agency before making him a contract offer. That runs the risk that the All-Star outfielder won't be back in Texas next season. But it also allows the Rangers to see whether Hamilton will be offered a long-term deal that they might not want to match, given his durability and health issues over the past few seasons. Would you want Hamilton on your favorite team?

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