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08:08 AM ET 07.25 | It's no secret that Josh Hamilton is struggling these days at the plate, and Rangers president and CEO Nolan Ryan, who said as much during a recent radio appearance, has noticed. "[Some] of his at bats aren???t very impressive from the standpoint that he doesn???t work deep into the count, he???s swinging at a lot of bad pitches, he just doesn???t seem to be locked in at all. So what you???re hoping is that his approach will change and he???ll start giving quality at bats because there???s a lot of those at bats that he just gives away. One of the things I???ve always commented on is I can???t ever say that I ever saw Henry [Hank] Aaron give an at bat away. I think as a hitter, you have to go up there and you have to focus on the guy that you???re facing."

The Dallas Morning News

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July 25, 2012  08:12 AM ET

Yeah.............That will make Hamilton feel better about his struggles........

July 25, 2012  08:17 AM ET

...One of the things I've always commented on is I can't ever say that I ever saw Henry [Hank] Aaron give an at bat away...

That just about sums it up.

July 25, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

...One of the things I've always commented on is I can't ever say that I ever saw Henry [Hank] Aaron give an at bat away... That just about sums it up.

This will probably be the only time that Josh Hamilton will be mentioned in the same sentence with Hank Aaron. Two totally different types of players.

July 25, 2012  08:36 AM ET

What would he say to Jason Bay, or Ike Davis if they played in Texas?

July 25, 2012  08:37 AM ET

He's led the majors all season in swinging at the first pitch so this is not any recent development.

July 25, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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He's led the majors all season in swinging at the first pitch so this is not any recent development.

I was thinking the same thing. If I were a pitcher facing him, I'd be throwing junk the first two pitches.

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July 25, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This will probably be the only time that Josh Hamilton will be mentioned in the same sentence with Hank Aaron.

Unless Hammerin' Hank becomes an alcoholic!

July 25, 2012  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What would he say to Jason Bay, or Ike Davis if they played in Texas?

goodbye?

July 25, 2012  08:58 AM ET

I don't think anyone expected Josh to keep up the pace he set early in the season, but then again, I don't think anyone expected him to fall like he has.

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July 25, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Josh deserves to be criticized due to his complete lack of discipline at the plate. Watching him bat over the last month went from "every hitter eventually slumps" to a "hitter who doesn't seem to care.". There seems to be something mentally wrong with him...his physical tools are the best in the game. No excuse for a player of his caliber to be playing this bad for an extended. Maybe the tongue lashing from oneof the most dedicated players in the game will get Josh re-focused.

July 25, 2012  09:12 AM ET

In the 1969 National League Playoffs, The Atlanta Braves had the bases loaded and nobody out, Gil Hodges The Mets Manager brought in a Rookie right-hander to face Felipe Alue, Rico Carty and Hank Aaron, the kid thru 10 pitches , he Struck them all out, that kid was Nolan Ryan, and we all know what happened after that!

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July 25, 2012  09:37 AM ET

its all about adjustments. the pitcher's have adjusted to him he has to do the same

July 25, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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Unless Hammerin' Hank becomes an alcoholic!

Really? Jeeesh.....

July 25, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Nolan Ryan also never saw Henry Aaron freebasing in his car in the players' parking lot.

July 25, 2012  10:57 AM ET

I think it's unfair to throw the weight of one of the greatest players ever onto this kids shoulders. I also think that it's sad that Dallas sports fans are expected to not know who Henry Aaron is.

July 25, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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Yeah.............That will make Hamilton feel better about his struggles........

It might have been more tactful to say something like "every player has bad streaks, but if you look at Hank Aaron, even when he struggled he never gave away an at-bat, maybe Hamilton coul follow his example..."

Of course, Nolan Ryan isn't known for his tact.

 
July 25, 2012  11:38 AM ET

He has lost his love for the game. His wife screwed him up by proclaiming in SI that he was going to make millions and donate it to God. I applaud Nolen, Josh needs calling out and hopefully shaken out of his lack of focus.

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