The Texas Rangers have announced that Josh Hamilton will be the next former player to be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame.
It was a long road for Hamilton, a former number one Draft Pick whose career was derailed by a severe drug addiction and after leaving baseball for three years he made a comeback in 2005 he would make his MLB debut in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds at age 26 and after a good rookie campaign he was traded to the Texas Rangers where he would spend the next five seasons, all of which would see him earn All-Star honors. Hamilton was a vital component of Texas’ back-to-back American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011, and in the former year he would win the MVP while also winning the Batting Title. Hamilton would sign with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 but returned for one more season in Texas for 2015, which would be his final year in the Majors.
Hamilton’s overall numbers with the Rangers would see him collect 814 Hits with 150 Home Runs, 531 Runs Batted In and a .302 Batting Average
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Josh Hamilton for earning this honor.
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive. As such it is news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number 10 of Michael Young.
Debuting for Texas in 2000 and playing there for 12 seasons, Young would become one of the most successful hitters in franchise history. The infielder would have six 200 Hit Seasons with two of those years being good enough to lead the AL (2005 & 2011). A seven-time All-Star, Young won the Batting Title in 2005 with a .331 Average and had a .301 Batting Average as a Ranger. He would also smack 177 Home Runs for the squad.
Defensively, he was incredibly versatile as he played at least 400 Games for the franchise at Second Base, Shortstop, and Third Base and was a Gold Glove winner in 2009 (SS). He was also known for his selfishness and leadership.
As of this writing, he is the franchise leader in Games Played (1,823), Hits (2,230), Doubles (415) and Runs Scored (1,085).
Young’s number will be officially retired on August 31 of this year.
Young’s #10 joins Ivan Rodriguez (#7), Johnny Oates (#26), Adrian Beltre (#29), Nolan Ryan (#34) and the league-mandated (#42) of Jackie Robinson.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Michael Young for earning this very prestigious honor.
At the time of the infamous steroids trial, Rafael Palmeiro seemed to come off so good. Of course when you are sitting next to a man who suddenly suffered from amnesia (Mark McGwire), a man who suddenly forgot the English language (Sammy Sosa) and the man who broke the “bro code” (Jose Canseco) a defiant and confident sounding Rafael Palmeiro could not help but look good. A few months later, Palmeiro was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for steroids.
A lot of baseball players take flak for their high salaries. One of those who did was Kevin Brown who was the first man in professional baseball to sign a contract worth $100 Million. Sadly for Brown, his deterioration rendered that one of the worst contracts as during the final years of his career he was not a player who should have been amongst the games highest paid.
Al Oliver came to the league in 1969 as a line drive hitter and for eighteen years consistently smacked the ball for hits. He had over 2,700 hits in his career, and despite not being a genuine power hitter, he had a plethora of RBI’s.