Josh Hamilton Breaks His Arm: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. With Josh Hamilton it's always when, not if. And now you know why a lot of us were cringing and complaining when we saw him sliding on the rain-delay tarp in Baltimore last Friday night. He's one of the best players in baseball, but also one of the most injury-prone.

9. And do I partially blame third base coach Dave Anderson? You bet. He admitted to trying to "steal a run" in that situation. But you've got to consider the risk-reward. The reward? A 2-0, first-inning lead in Detroit that will continue to set an aggressive, successful tone in the best start in Rangers history. The risk? The reigning AL MVP won't swing a bat for at least a month and likely won't be back 100 percent until June. If Anderson barks "on the bag!" while third baseman Brandon Inge catches the ball, nobody says a word.

8. That said, I certainly don't like Josh throwing his coach under the bus. Says Hamilton, "I listened to my third-base coach. That's a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play I was listening. 'Nobody's at home, nobody's at home.' I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to do this. Something's going to happen.' But I listened to my coach." If you've played baseball or even beer-league co-ed softball, you know that any time the ball is in your vision it's ultimately your call. Did Anderson set the table? Yep. But it was Hamilton who assessed the situation and took off for home, and trouble.

7. I admire Josh's unabashed faith and I know that "God works in mysterious ways" and all that. But, geez, haven't we learned enough lessons through Josh yet? Can't we just put checkmarks by salvation and redemption and enjoy his, um, God-given talent as an elite athlete?

6. Damn you, Pete Rose! If Charlie Hustle wouldn't have made the head-first dive look so cool in the '70s, maybe Hamilton would've still been perfecting the Maury Wills feet-first hook slide. He might have been out at home, but he wouldn't be out for two months. Says Anderson, "I always want him to slide feet first no matter what he does." GM Jon Daniels said "in a perfect world" Josh would slide feet-first. The Rangers world is still bright, but as of today the 2011 season is far from perfect.

5. With Hamilton's past and passion, there are always going to be risks. Whether it's whipped cream and chicks in Arizona or daring dashes in Detroit, he's as fragile as he is fantastic. Kudos to the Rangers for putting off the mega seven-year deal last winter and only signing him to a two-year, $24 million contract. Looks pretty savvy this morning.

4. As for reliever Darren O'Day walking two in the 9th to get to Miguel Cabrera in yesterday's 5-4 loss, I'm pretty sure you were warned.

3. Out in Surprise, Arizona at spring training last month, I got into a good discussion with manager Ron Washington about Hamilton. I suggested the Rangers were a better team with David Murphy in the lineup, with him in left field and Josh in center. "Lots of gaps to cover," Wash smiled, "lots of walls to run into." His point was Josh is such a precious commodity that the Rangers were going to protect him. Ironically, yesterday he was the DH. But I think the Rangers should have some other limits on Josh, the Hamilton Hallmarks if you will. If they're going to keep him out of center, why not also prevent him from sliding head-first or not giving him the green light to try to score from third on an infield pop-up? In '09 he played only 89 games. In '10 he missed September. Both injuries were sustained in aggressive, wall-crashing catches. And now in '11 he'll miss 53 games if he's out eight weeks. I know "That's the way baseball go," but with a player as valuable and volatile as Josh you have to control baseball's direction as much as possible.

2. Is this a significant, ground-shaking blow to the Rangers? Yes. Is it terminal? Nope. The plan is to make Murphy the left fielder, use Mitch Moreland as a fourth outfielder and platoon Chris Davis (called up from AAA Round Rock) and Michael Young and Mike Napoli at first base/DH. Thanks to clutch hitting by Murphy, the Rangers survived after Hamilton fractured ribs crashing into a Minnesota wall last September. Down the stretch they went 15-12 and comfortably held onto the AL West. They'll survive this too. But will they be in first place when he returns?

1. Hamilton himself calls it a "stupid" play. I'd go with "unnecessary," maybe "superfluous." I didn't like the tenor or timing of the thing any more than I'd okay Dirk Nowitzki diving into the stands to save a rebound in the pre-season or Tony Romo diving head-first for a first down on the season's first possession. You want Josh playing aggressively, but trying to score via head-first slide on an infield pop-up in inning 1 of game 11 is just ... check that, I think "stupid" fits.

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gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Bush-whacker on the mound today. Should we be worried?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Fantasy Baseball updates(sorry this was so late)ScottsMerkin80.5Merten's Molestation76.5DavyCrockett68The Richie Shitt's64Fandricks64The Korean Reliever63.5Stupid Bitch53.5Webb'sbrokenshoulder52.5TRDP1s Bloodytacos49Balk You44.5Benji Gil's Scruff44

I don't have time to reply to every one of your trade request, but stop putting trades together asking for Pujols. One of these days I'm going to accidentally click approve. Dude's only hitting .200 with 1HR.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I also offered a top 5 at the same position along with a strong starting pitcher due back soon. And your starters (pitching) suck.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

That's why I was trying to give you a top five player in the game for him...Pujols is washed up, annd he'd fiit great over on mediocre entry to the fantasy league.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

#8 - I'm with RW on this one. Sure you got injured - a freak injury - but why the hell do you have to throw your coach under the bus? And you were playing slip and slide in Baltimore last week? Not impressed with Josh's reaction to this at all.

Baseball Intelligence
Baseball Intelligence

I'm strangely calm about this injury. I figure Josh is good for at least one extended stay on the DL per season, and maybe he'll be a much needed shot in the arm when he comes back in June. I'm sure this would hurt more if not for Murphy being able to fill in competently. Like JD said yesterday, this team is built to withstand things like this. As far as who's to blame...how bout nobody. If he would have taken one in the ear and missed time with a concussion would we be blaming Thad B for telling him to set up too close to the plate? This is, in fact, how baseball go...you play hard and sometimes you get hurt. In regard to head first vs feet first...I've never been a fan of head first, but I've also seen some of the most gruesome injuries come from some type of feet first slide. They'll be fine, just keep plugging away and get Josh back when he's healthy for the stretch run +.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

My fantasy team sucks. Sybil on the NASCAR show sucks. RAGE ratings sucks. 3/26 hitting last night. Ichiro? Slump. Uggla? Slump. Crawford? Mega slump. Bunch of bums...

10. Gagreed. Cringed seeing him and Kinsler (don't forget about the king of the day-to-day 6 week injury) tarping.

9/8. It was a savvy, aggressive move. If it had worked it would've been on-par with Josh scoring on an infield single and gone on his amazing play highlight reel.

6. The headfirst dive is risky but I can't fault anyone for baseball instinct kicking in. Those who have played realize that you just do stuff on the field. It's like faulting a dog for chasing a rabbit. It's going to happen. You can train them, lecture them, and warn them, but some plays you just end up diving or slamming into a wall.

4. You're a douche. How's Iggy and the Mavs working out? Want a link to that?

3. I have ultimate confidence that Murph Murph will be 90% of what Josh does. Murphy can flat out play ball and would be a starter for 20 teams out there. His range is slightly less and his arm is slightly weaker and he has slightly less power, but he's still a stud. It's not like Andrus got hurt and we had to rely on Arias for 6 weeks. Shudder at that now-not-possible scenario.

2. I blame Detriot. Josh always seems to get hurt in day games. Minnesota-day game. Wasn't him crashing into the wall in Arlington the year before a day game? Told you all that 3 days games in a row was crap.

1. Aggressive is not stupid. Hustle is not stupid. Dude plays ball-out and got hurt, nothing more. Stupid is passive-aggressive olive branches, or ripped jeans over 30, or countless other examples we could provide...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I have enjoyed this first few weeks of fantasy baseball. My team has played well, and draftin tons of pitching has helped for sure. Not bad for having the shitty spot of drafting last

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Blow that team up Scruffygeist...that's what I began doing yesterday...course you'd probably be better served not trading for somebody that's going to be gone for 2 months..me not smart at trades.

Reality Check
Reality Check

U were warned:

5. Michael Young - hitting .341 do it all everyday producer.

4. Nolan Ryan - his team was 9-2 last time I checked.

3. Darren O'Day

2. Julio Borbon - fielding but not hitting instead of RW's hitting but not fielding warning.

1. Nelson Cruz - WRONG!

SO RW is wrong on 4 out of 5 and he's bragging about it?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

We were warned...

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I consider myself warned about the person writing this blog being cockier than all get out but right 10-15% of the time, with that figure going down. This time next year he might be in the 1% club.

kergo
kergo

Richie, Don't be a turd, you can't blame anyone of this; this is there style of bawl. If they quit being aggresive they turn back into the Rangers of yore-and no one wants that!

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Here's an OBSERVERation you missed RW, Hambone had just slid face first into 3rd base prior to the ill fated play at home. Some of the mejia (S/T anyway) questioned his willingness to dive after he butt-slid for a couple of flyballs on Monday. Thanks Mejia, as always the fans are very appreciative of your needling Hambone.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Should we be expecting a name change to Hamilton's broken shoulder?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Ask and ye shall receive, go forth and remember to claw and antler...and most importantly kids Don't Jar.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

In other fantasy baseball news, BLOCKBUSTER TRADE ALERT: Davy has sent the wild haired Lincecum to Webb's bs in return for Big Ryan Howard.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Last night, I had Lester, Cahill and Lincecum all starting. I figured I'd get about 25 K's, a sub-3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. But, no.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

I'm not sure what I should expect tonight. I have Wandy Rodriguez, Ted Lilly, Shaun Marcum and John Lackey starting tonight...should be interesting.

kergo
kergo

One more thing: sliding head first...running is faster than sliding, and diving is faster than running. That's what the scientists say. Mr. Hamilton is just bein' a man of science.

JIF
JIF

Does this mean that Chris Davis and David Murphy were praying for an opportunity and God answered their prayers ?

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

In fantasy baseball news, BLOCKBUSTER TRADE ALERT: Josh Hamilton, Brian McCann and Jordan Zimmermann are headed to Webb'sbrokenshoulder for Joe Mauer, Aubrey Huff and Jonathan Papelbon.

MissyB
MissyB

I had the same thought when I saw him sliding on the rain delay tarp last week -bad idea, what if he got hurt?

kergo
kergo

Stick to cookin' and cleanin' sweet cheeks....leave the livin' and blobbing to us. It's bad enough we have like 30 fake kergo's (most are Rob Em). City of Ate needs chicks to comment!

chickenpants
chickenpants

Kergo Friedman says get the biscuits in the oven and yer buns in the bed

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

the only problem I have with the situation is him going head first. The coaches shouldn't have to treat him with kid gloves and if you're telling me it's up to Hamilton to decide whether or not he should go or not, then where does it stop? Because I don't want Elvis getting hurt, or Nellie. So let's not throw D. Anderson under the bus when it's the Rangers aggressive play that has got them winning. Less fake kergo please.

kergo
kergo

First, sodomites!

IRed Sox nation aint worried...yet. Ranger nation is skerd but don't worry. You're 7 games over .500. If you only go .500 the rest of the first half and then go 7 games over in the second half that puts you right at 95 wins.

They can do it. They won last year with Josh injured. The west just suck. Easy wins.

And when josh gets back you want him to keep playing wild. You don't neuter your stud.

kergo
kergo

good points fake kergo...I actually enjoyed this post!

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