Josh Hamilton baseball player is a former American outfielder who took part in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds (2007). Hamilton is a five-time All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010. Before 2007, the Chicago Cubs selected him in the Rule 5 draft. He also played for the Texas Rangers (2008-2012, 2015), and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–2014).
Josh Hamilton Early life
Born on 21st May 1981 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Josh grew up playing baseball league together with Oakland and South Carolina Athletics baseball catcher, Landon Powell. He studied in Athens Drive High School in Raleigh where he performed as both an outfielder and a pitcher. As a high school senior, Josh was considered one of the best prospects for the 1999 MLB draft.
Josh Hamilton career
Josh signed a letter of intent to play college baseball for North Carolina State were the Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected him. Josh signed with Tampa Bay and joined their minor league system. The Appalachian League’s rookie-level Princeton Devil Rays was his first step in minors, where he played over 50 games. He spent the 2000 season with the Charleston RiverDogs in the South Atlantic League.
Josh Hamilton was considered a blue chip
Josh Hamilton was thought of as a blue-chip prospect until physical damages and doping habits wrecked his career beginning in 2001. He was involved in an automobile accident in which his parents were also wounded, but recovered. The 2001 season was the beginning of Josh’s alcohol and drug use, and he checked himself into a rehabilitation centre. He only played 45 games in the year 2001.
Hamilton was out of baseball
Josh couldn’t play baseball for nearly three years. He made several efforts at rehabilitation and started off the 2005 season with the dream of being a famous major league outfielder. But, he was taken into custody before the season began for breaking the windshield of a friend’s truck. He was placed on the restricted list, eliminating him from the 40-man roster. This setback saw him expelled for the season.
Josh Hamilton back in!
Josh met an entrepreneur named Michael Chadwick who tried to guide him in the right direction. Later, Josh married Chadwick’s daughter Katie. He returned back to baseball with the help of manager Roy Silver who was a former minor league outfielder and owned a baseball institution in Florida. Silver offered the use of his facility to help Josh if he got ready to work there.
Hamilton started working in 2006
Josh began to work at Silver’s Academy in January 2006. His duties included raking the infield and cleaning the washrooms. At night he used to sleep in one of the academy’s offices. After several months, Josh tried to play with a private minor league team, but MLB didn’t permit it. On 2nd June 2006, Josh was permitted to practice with the Devil Rays’ minor league players.
By the end of June 2006, Josh was allowed to take part in minor league games. In order for this to happen, the Devil Rays had to run him through documents recording the waiving of a right or claim, making him ready for any team. At the end of the 2006 season, Josh played in more than 10 games with the Hudson Valley Renegades.