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    Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    There's a long article in the Washington Post recounting Josh Hamilton's story and his attempt at a comeback. It's long, so I'm not copying it here.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...021201312.html

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    It's an interesting article and this kid has his work cut out for himself, more so in continuing to put his life together than on the ballfield.

    One note about the Washington Post site, you may have to register to read the entire store. It's free and then your computer remembers you're registered.

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Great article. Thanks for posting it.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    great article; thanks for posting it.

    I wish Josh Hamilton nothing but the best in his battle, his own spiritual warfare; it sounds like he has his head on straight again.

    Addiction aside, I had no idea that Josh has had 8 surgeries since 1999.

    I hope he makes it all the way back and becomes a star for the Reds for years; it'd be the stuff of movies!
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Quote Originally Posted by Always Red View Post
    great article; thanks for posting it.

    I wish Josh Hamilton nothing but the best in his battle, his own spiritual warfare; it sounds like he has his head on straight again.

    Addiction aside, I had no idea that Josh has had 8 surgeries since 1999.

    I hope he makes it all the way back and becomes a star for the Reds for years; it's be the stuff of movies!
    I suspect that Johnny Narron being signed as a coach has as much to do with Hamilton as anything. If that helps him get through the season, then it ultimately helps us. I hope it works out.

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    I am really pulling for him.
    The Sox traded Bullfrog the only player they've got for Shottenhoffen. Four-eyes Shottenhoffen a utility infielder. They've got a whole team of utility infielders.

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    How realistic is it for him to actually do well in ST?

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    He should win "comeback player of the year" if he just makes the team. I'm pulling for him too.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    I am really pulling for him ... in his struggle against the drugs and his walk with the Lord. It may well be that having success in major league baseball is not part of God's plan for him.

    He is still young, has a wife and family that loves him, he is indeed a fortunate man.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    ever since I read this kids story a couple years ago when he was with the D-Rays I've been on his bandwagon! I still am and really hope that he makes it...if he makes it in the MLB then great but I hope he makes it in life...sounds like with the support of his wife, father in law and family he is on his way.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    We all are rooting for him. Everybody knows that. If he could come back from what he has gone through, it would be amazing.

    HOWEVER

    This is still MLB. He can't be handed a job because of what he used to be in 1999, and how badly we all want him to suuceed. He has to at least show flashes in spring training. I'm not asking him to go out there and hit .300, just show flashes of the talent he used to have.

    Which brings to my next point. There is no doubt that he was a great talent. He was the definition of a 5 tool players, not to mention the 96 MPH fastball. However you don't go through went he went through without it taking a toll on your body. How much did the drugs, alcohol, and even the 8 surgeries (sp?) take a toll on his body? How much of that #1 talent does he still have that?

    If most of the talent is still there and he shows flashes of it in spring training, he'll be on the team. If he doesn't then who knows. If he does make the team, Narron and Krivsky need to handle him carefully. It's not everyday you deal with a player who has 30 AB's above A ball in his career.

    I'm rooting for him, and it could turn out to be an amazing story.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Quote Originally Posted by reds44 View Post
    and it could turn out to be an amazing story.
    it already is. After the choices he has made to have that beautiful family, it is a story about mercy and redemption. I'd love to see him become a success with the Reds, however, my prayer is that regardless of what happens with baseball, that he still will be able to move forward in his life.
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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Reds44 I agree with you assesment. This guy had the kind of talent that comes around once in a lifetime. I would be willing to bet that he shows some flashes in spring training forcing the reds to keep him all year long. If he shows he has talent there is no way that the drays dont want him back. IMO his biggest hurddle is just going to be getting enough pt.

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Can a player be kept on the 25 man and still play in the minor leagues? Probably a silly question but I was just wondering.

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    Re: Washington Post: Josh Hamilton feature

    Quote Originally Posted by hippie07 View Post
    Can a player be kept on the 25 man and still play in the minor leagues? Probably a silly question but I was just wondering.
    Only if he was on an injury rehab assignment. He's not on the actual 25 man at that point, but for the purposes of keeping a Rule 5 pick it's just as good. He can't stay there too long, however, or the team will be forced to keep him on the Major League roster the next year without sending him down as well since he didn't spend enough time on the roster this year.


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