21 Best Rangers Ever: Josh Hamilton
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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) - The All-American story of redemption lives and breathes in the outfield at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Josh Hamilton, reigning American League MVP and member of the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers, doesn’t shy away from his past. His honesty, as well as his power at the plate, quickly made him a fan favorite after his arrival in 2008 from the Cincinnati Reds.
Hamilton set himself apart as the de facto Rangers superstar in July of that year, with his powerful performance during the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in New York City. What is so impressive about that run is that he did not even win the Derby.
But Hamilton’s big numbers as a Rangers player already have him in 2nd on the team’s all-time list for batting average at .315 (behind Al Oliver). He is also the current record holder for longest home run at the ballpark, with a 490 foot blast into the right field upper deck on June 27, 2010.
For his style and class, you have named Josh Hamilton #15 of the 21 Best Rangers Ever.