Considering his struggles, would you be surprised if I told you that Josh Hamilton still hit 21 home runs and 79 RBI in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels? That doesn’t make his season a success, just reminds us that it felt a whole lot worse than that.
Committed to turning things around in 2014, Hamilton is changing things up this off-season. Earlier this month we heard that he had bulked up and added 20 pounds to his frame. Now Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times writes that Hamilton is working with a “functional movement coach” in an effort to regain the swing that earned him a five-year, $125 million deal in the first place.
“In August, I went back and looked at videotapes from 2010 until that moment. What I saw was that in 2010, it wasn’t anything mechanical, it was physical.
“I watched my hips, and they were really exploding and driving through the ball. It was the same way in 2011. Then I had a couple surgeries. When you have some surgeries, some things turn off, and you start compensating, doing things [you shouldn’t do]. I’m working on getting those things turned back on.”
We know so much about Hamilton anymore. What he eats, what he drinks, why he thinks blue eyes prevent him from hitting during the day, and issues far more serious. Hopefully he starts producing again and we can just focus on that.