Controversy referred to the former Rangers' play Josh Hamilton this Monday. But this time he didn't do anything wrong.
It was announced that Josh Hamilton and former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene would be introduced to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame on August 17 this year.
Fans and members of the media responded quickly with different opinions about Hamilton's admission. They either loved Hamilton for what he did here or hated his remarks that Arlington was not a "baseball town".
His actual quote was "Texas, especially Dallas, has always been a football city. The good thing about the bad is that they are supportive, but they were also a little spoiled at the same time, pretty fast. You can understand a real sand , true baseball city. There are true baseball fans in Texas, but it's not a true baseball city. "
Rangers acquired Josh Hamilton in the offseason at the end of the 2007 Reds season in exchange for pitcher Edinson Volquez. Tampa Bay had previously traded him to the Reds because of his previous use with illicit drugs. The former use would eventually get in touch with him, but not until he had great influence on the game.
He made his debut with Texas in 2008 and it was a great one.
In the 2008 season saw Hamilton. 304 with 32 homes and 1
His best season came in 2010 when Rangers finally made their way to their first World Series look in franchise history. Josh became the Texas Rangers first AL MVP since Alex Rodriguez in 2003. Rodriguez won it with a losing team though. Hamilton led the league with a .359 batting average, .633 slugging percent and an OPS of 1,044. He was also named the ALCS MVP this season.
In 2011, he suffered injuries, and his numbers fell even though he still hit .298 with 25 homewards.
2012 saw his power back when he hit 43 homers, but his average dropped to .285. Then there was the controversy at the end of the season, when Hamilton missed an airplane ball. Fans seemed to think he had simply given up and he was blown up on social media.
After the 2012 season, Texas did not give him a new contract, and he signed a Big Free Agent dealing with the Los Angeles Angels for five years and is worth $ 125 million. It was when he made his infamous "baseball town" comment previously mentioned.
He hit .250 with 21 home runs for Los Angeles in 2013.  He was tracked by injuries again in 2014 when he hit .263 by 10 homers at just 89 games.
Back to Texas
In 2015, Los Angeles Angels Josh Hamilton traded back to the Texas Rangers. In the deal, Texas would eat $ 4 million of its contract, while the angels would pay the other $ 72 million plus back on the deal.
The majority of fans boo D when he returned as an Englishman ended up jubilant to him back in Texas. They knew what he had meant for this team. However. The earlier use of drugs in his career continued to take a toll on his body. He only played in 50 games in his last season with eight races and 25 RBI.
Hall of Fame
Does Josh Hamilton hear in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame? Yes, definitely. He was one of, if not the biggest, contributing to Rangers back-to-back World Series appearances. He completed his short nine-year career with an oblique line at .290 / .349 / .516 with 200 home ground and 701 RBI. If his previous use of drugs had not knocked down his body, he could have been one of the greatest players in MLB history.
But he still stands as one of the greatest in Texas Rangers history.
Until next time I will see you in the cheap seats!