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Struggling Josh Hamilton given 'mental' day off

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10:09 AM ET 05.05 | After watching Josh Hamilton strike out five times in eight at-bats in the first two games against Baltimore, Angels Manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough of his struggling outfielder to know that he needed something more than just a pep talk. So rather than risk another poor performance in front of a national TV audience, Scioscia held Hamilton out of the starting lineup Saturday. "It's 100% a mental day," Scioscia said of Hamilton, who had more than twice as many strikeouts (13) as hits (6) in his last nine games. "There's no doubt that Josh is trying to find a rhythm in the batter's box. Hopefully a day off to clear some cobwebs out -- will push him a little bit forward." Hamilton, who flied out in a pinch-hitting appearance Saturday, has always been an aggressive hitter, but this year his O-Swing percentage, the percentage of times a batter swings at a pitch outside the strike zone, is the highest in the American League. As a result, pitchers aren't coming near the strike zone against Hamilton, who is hitting .207 with just five extra-base hits and a team-high 37 strikeouts, is chasing the ball and getting himself out.

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May 5, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Pressing Much, Bro?

May 5, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Mental ??????






Yeppers.........

May 5, 2013  10:12 AM ET

The Angels need to stop making big free agent signings. The players fall all to hell afterward.

May 5, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Angels need to stop making big free agent signings. The players fall all to hell afterward.

HEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Wait........




You said Angels........Not Yankees...................





Proceed...

May 5, 2013  10:35 AM ET

He's too good of a player to crap out!

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May 5, 2013  10:43 AM ET

This dude is toast and I have no actual evidence of this happening.

May 5, 2013  11:31 AM ET

Josh is a psychiatrist's wet dream. After watching him for 5 years in Texas I'm convinced he's in need of serious mental health help and not multi-million dollar contracts and accolades from adoring fans and media. He's so freakishly talented that the fact that he's nuttier than a fruitcake is just glossed over as "Josh being Josh" or "eccentricity".

May 5, 2013  11:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Josh is a psychiatrist's wet dream. After watching him for 5 years in Texas I'm convinced he's in need of serious mental health help and not multi-million dollar contracts and accolades from adoring fans and media. He's so freakishly talented that the fact that he's nuttier than a fruitcake is just glossed over as "Josh being Josh" or "eccentricity".

He could have never handled the pressure of New York or their fan's reactions.........

May 5, 2013  12:20 PM ET

Feed your head! Feed your head!

Wait, that probably isn't a good idea for Josh...

May 5, 2013  12:23 PM ET

Just one day for his mental issues? Methinks a decade is a good start.

May 5, 2013  01:57 PM ET

Good thing he plays in a baseball town where fans understand such things and won't boo him.

May 5, 2013  07:13 PM ET

There's something about the Angels; whenever they sign a big FA the player sucks for a while.

Just ride it out, Hamilton. You're better than this.

May 5, 2013  07:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Feed your head! Feed your head!Wait, that probably isn't a good idea for Josh...

I think Josh needs to hit a bong and clear his mind before his next game.

Course that just might make him react super slowly to pitches and whatnot, but it can't be worse than whatever he's doing right now.

I mean the guy just took a mental day off... if that's not a cry for a joint, I don't know what is.

May 5, 2013  07:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Angels need to stop making big free agent signings. The players fall all to hell afterward.

Dammit. You already said this.

My bad; should've kept reading.

May 5, 2013  07:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Just one day for his mental issues? Methinks a decade is a good start.

A decade? What for?

The guy's just pressing. It's not like he's suicidal or something...

May 5, 2013  07:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

HEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Wait........You said Angels........Not Yankees...................Proceed...

Yankees west.

 
May 6, 2013  03:38 PM ET

I read a comment about Hamilton that made great sense...
He's not a great hitter. He's a great streak hitter. With the Rangers, when he got on a roll for a couple of weeks, he was awesome. But the rest of the year he would strike out alot. His first year with the Rangers he would drive the ball to left center, with RISP he would work a basehit or a double. After his great start last season, it seemed like he was only interested in hitting home runs. He wasn't hitting situationally at all. No matter how many outs, how many on, he was swinging for the fences. I think the accolades he received for starting the season out so great changed his approach and he never really correted.

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