Good for Josh Hamilton

17 May

 Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers continues to tear up the American League. He went 5 for 5 with 2 HRs yesterday vs. Houston. Hamilton now leads the AL in almost every offensive category. He played with the Reds (the team I now work for) last season and I should be bitter about the result of this trade … but I’m not and here’s why. The trade truly benefited both teams. The Reds got a quality starter in Edinson Volquez, who is also off to an outstanding start. The Reds outfield picture was jammed up with Griffey, Adam Dunn, and future star Jay Bruce. Hamilton, on the other hand, has seemingly worked through his well-documented personal demons and is now on his way to superstardom. ***Note to Josh — I still think the forearm tattoos are ridiculous.

All that being said, I am extremely disappointed in the off-season trade between the Nats and the Mets. I am a DC area native and have followed the Nationals closely since their Inaugural Season. The Nats gave away a Gold Glove caliber catcher (Schneider) and talented OF Ryan Church for Lastings Milledge, a young OF often accompanied by a ton of hype. Milledge has really struggled in Washington while Church is putting up All Star numbers. Schneider is also performing well — even hitting over .300 at the time of this post. Who knows? Maybe Milledge will develop into the 5-tool player Jim Bowden sees him becoming. But right now it looks like the Nats were taken to the woodshed by a rival within their own division. That is a bitter pill to swallow. And don’t even get me started with Elijah Dukes and Willy Mo Pena — two of the biggest stiffs in all of baseball.    

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