During the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels had a plan in mind. They signed Josh Hamilton to a 5 year, 125 million dollar deal out of nowhere. Hamilton was to join the core of an impressive offense that featured the likes of Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, and Mark Trumbo that would lead the Angels back to the playoffs.
Well, that hasn’t exactly panned out so far. The Angels sit at 31-40, ahead of only the lowly Astros in the AL West. Hamilton himself hasn’t exactly panned out either, hitting just .213/.269/.388 with 10 homers on the season. This is clearly not what the Angels expected from Hamilton, who hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs in 2012, expected when they gave him such a big money deal.
Last night, against the Mariners, Hamilton’s season reached a low point. He went 0-5. Okay, that’s not great, but what makes it possibly one of the worst offensive games ever? He grounded into a double play in his first three at bats and then struck out in his last 2. Ouch. Not only is this incredibly bad, but it is historically bad. In fact, he is only the second player since 1916 to do this.
Was this the worst offensive game in the live ball era? Maybe not, but it was bad. Very bad.