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07:57 AM ET 02.27 | Josh Hamilton hopes a wait-and-see approach of sorts will pay off in his new baseball home. When [Hamilton] stepped to the plate Tuesday for his second plate appearance with the Angels, he took the first pitch, then flashed a look in the direction of Jim Eppard. One of baseball's most aggressive first-pitch swingers, Hamilton said he and his new hitting coach have been trying to dial it back just a bit. "Everybody knows I like to swing if it's around the strike zone," Hamilton said. "I talked to Ep about working on taking more pitches and maybe walking some. He's trying to get me to do it in batting practice and it hasn't been too successful." Last season Hamilton swung at the first pitch 48 percent of the time.

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February 27, 2013  08:46 AM ET

ever hear the saying "If it ain't broke; don't fix it."?

February 27, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Sounds like Jim Eppard is about to mess up something good.

February 27, 2013  10:08 AM ET

48% at the first pitch? Wow. Never ever throw him a first pitch strike.

February 27, 2013  11:48 AM ET

Different approach?? Hit the ball and hit it hard!!!! The end!!

February 27, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

ever hear the saying "If it ain't broke; don't fix it."?

Yeah, I have to agree. Though it may make him less streaky to have a little bit of discipline.

February 27, 2013  06:34 PM ET

hamilton would need to continue been a fully disciplined IF he really wants to help the halos,,,,or just sit back and wait for his pay check,,,,

February 27, 2013  06:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Different approach?? Hit the ball and hit it hard!!!! The end!!

different approach as like swing at the very first pitch??now that's not to smart if you know what i mean,,,,

February 27, 2013  06:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

48% at the first pitch? Wow. Never ever throw him a first pitch strike.

hamilton mean to say,,he would swing at the very first pitch not matter IF its a ball or a strike!!!

February 27, 2013  06:39 PM ET

stop drinking too much coffee and focus in pitching selection,,or hamilton expect to hit alot of homeruns as he did last year with his new approach??at the plate???

February 27, 2013  06:48 PM ET

the angels could be hitting another faulty season,just as it happened to them last year with PUJOLS,,,

February 27, 2013  06:50 PM ET

0 and 5 loses straight??not a very good way to fully train their regular lineup,yes everybody is minor leaguers but don't forget to be serious about spring tranning,,,

February 27, 2013  06:55 PM ET

last year at april should had thougt them a leccion,,never understimate your knowledge in the baseball game,,,spring trainning oe not play hard play agressive play very smart and never slow down from inning # 1 to inning # 9 and never stop been agressive all game long!!!

February 27, 2013  08:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Yeah, I have to agree. Though it may make him less streaky to have a little bit of discipline.

Kind of hard to change his hitting approach at this stage of his career. I'd leave him alone.

February 28, 2013  03:01 PM ET

likely the halos will go 5 and 20 loses at the end of spring trainning!!!ans still it wouldn't surprise me at all!!!

February 28, 2013  03:02 PM ET

by playing with single A players the halos have proved their inferiority and disrespect for the spring trainning nevertheless!!!

 
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