J35J wrote:Its not about overreacting to slumps, its about him never playing above A ball and being out of baseball for 2+ years. He's been playing well, I'm happy for him, but I'd still be looking to sell him high as it would be very impressive if he can keep it up all season. Being out for 2 years and all the off the field problems I'd be surprised if his stamia and mentality is up for 162 games......I'll still expect a decline as the season goes on. I'm happy for him though, good story!
I'm referring to the people that slam him without a valid reason. You're actually applying logic to your thought and explaining yourself...those are the posts I look for when wanted to find out more about a player. The concern about him not playing much baseball in the past few years is well warranted, but I'd figure the layoff would hurt him more at the beginning of the season. He's a month in and hitting great, so I'm not too worried about the lack of playing time now. The concern about pitchers adjusting to him is warranted as well, but that's something all young hitters will battle, not just Josh Hamilton.
The biggest concern I have with him is his conditioning and how he'll hold up over the 162 game season, like you mentioned at the end of your post. I honestly think he'll keep this up for a while, so his optimum sell high point might be around All-Star break once he establishes his numbers a bit more.