Hamilton’s 2015 goal: ‘300, 30 and 100’ …

Josh Hamilton’s personal goals haven’t changed, even though expectations from the outside have plunged.

“I’m gonna say .300, 30 and 100,” Hamilton said Sunday night, referencing his batting average, home run and RBI total when asked about his own expectations for 2015. “Keep it simple. Those are very obtainable.”

Hamilton – speaking from a charitable bowling event at Bowlmor Lanes to benefit The Eddie Guardado Foundation, which helps children with autism – had the same target heading into the 2014 season. Then he missed nearly two months recovering from thumb surgery, spent most of September rehabbing injuries to his right side and went 0-for-13 in a short-lived playoff stint.

Hamilton finished 2014 with a .263 batting average, 10 homers and 44 RBIs, after finishing 2013 at .250, 21 and 79. His last .300-30-100 season came in 2010, as the American League’s Most Valuable Player, and he hasn’t come close since signing a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels.

The third season of that deal – one that will pay him a team-high $25.4 million – is a big one.

“Every year things need to click,” Hamilton said. “Obviously this year, I want it to. I’m not gonna not work my butt off. I’ll have the same mentality and try to get better.”

Hamilton caught some flak a couple days after the Angels were swept by the Royals in the AL Division Series, when he told the Orange County Register it was “comical” to hear fans booing him for a poor postseason and added: “We don’t necessarily play for the people in the stands. We play for each other.”

“Obviously, we love fans coming out, love the support,” Hamilton said when asked about those comments on Sunday. “They pay our salaries. If it was taken the wrong way, I don’t want it to be, because we do benefit and are blessed tremendously by their support, how they come out and kind of do it with us. I want to do good for them.”

Hamilton, who turns 34 in May, spent most of the offseason in Southern California and has recently been hitting at Angel Stadium. He took “a little bit of extra time to just chill” and heal this offseason, picking up a bat three weeks later than normal, and plans to report to Spring Training when pitchers and catchers arrive on Feb. 19.

Hamilton still feels an occasional jab from his rib injury, but doesn’t expect that to limit him this spring.

After a year of constant tinkering, Hamilton wants to keep the toe-tap in his load throughout the season because “it feels comfortable, feels natural.” And he’s looking forward to working with his lifelong friend and former accountability partner, Johnny Narron, who was hired to be the Angels’ Triple-A hitting coach in November.

Hamilton gave the Angels “my highest recommendation” when they called to ask about Narron, who left Hamilton’s side to be the Brewers’ hitting coach in 2012. He feels he’ll benefit from Narron’s presence, even if it’s only for the six weeks leading up to the season.

“He’s going to be around in Spring Training,” Hamilton said, “which is an important time to have guys around you that know you and are comfortable with your past.”

When the 2014 season reached its abrupt end in Kansas City on Oct. 5, Angels manager Mike Scioscia joked with Hamilton about how much more comfortable he looked in his last couple of at-bats.

“And I felt that way,” Hamilton said. “Too bad we couldn’t move on.”

Hamilton went into the postseason having played in just one of the Angels’ last 23 games, thrown into baseball’s toughest stage without any real feel for live pitching. Had his team advanced, he feels it could’ve gone a lot like 2010, when Hamilton missed most of September with two broken ribs, struggled in the first round and was then named MVP of the AL Championship Series.

Instead, the Angels’ 98-win season evaporated and Hamilton went into the offseason on a sour note, having drawn the ire of Angels fans and eventually seeing his name get tossed around the rumor mill.

“The last couple years have not been me at all,” said Hamilton, who was never asked to waive his full no-trade clause. “I’m always looking to improve, looking to do more than I’ve done. I can’t focus on the last two years. You have to be positive.”

Alden

21 Comments

I’m afraid .275/25/85 is too much to expect.

He said this when asked by ranger beat writers also. No mention of team.

I was referring to the years when Hamilton was a ranger there, slick. When asked this same type of question by ranger beat writers, he always responded in kind. He’s an addict with addict tendencies and addict selfish immaturity. There is no team other than what servers him.

“slick” must be reference to yourself troll

wow those panties are tight.

“Everything’s bigger in Texas,” including the wad up your own ass

The issue here is with you, slick. I’m not from Texas, nor do I like the Rangers.

troll

What exactly does that mean? You have called me it twice now. You chose to be SLICK and point out the obvious in my original comment referencing ranger beat writers. I read the article. I know where this event took place. I know you can infer subtlety in another’s prose because your angry vulgarity tells me you caught on two comments later when I didn’t write YOURS but THOSE panties. I’m sorry if Hamilton is your favorite player, or a relative or . . . who knows you might be in love with the man for all I know, but he is quite possibly the greatest waste of talent this generation will see. What he showed possible for four months and then for two selfishly disastrous months in 2012 was, and still is, a crime against baseball. Please, explain to me why you are so defensive and angry. Why you feel the need to pick a fight in defending someone you know is self destructive and a detriment to what I assume is Your Team. And why troll, slick? Do you lack creativity, or a large enough vocabulary to get beyond name calling? Enlighten me slick, I need a laugh.

And I am the one who is vulgar. LOL ROTFLMAO.

You hypocrite.

How am I vulgar?

Just because you can not justify to yourself your misplaced hostilities doesn’t make me like you. Slick is what you were trying to be in your repose to my original comment. It is not vulgar to point out that your problem is not with me but poorly made front office decisions affecting the crumbling nature of Your Team. And how am I a hypocrite? Do yourself a favor and read up on the phenomenon of transference. Think about it and you’ll probably see you have this crossover of emotions with most people you come in contact with. It is very interesting that vulgar is the only point of my last comment you chose to focus on. Think, it’ll help frame your response.

LOL! Now you are just trying to be a smartass

Shall we count up the “phenomenons” you are committing hypocrite?

You sure like to ASSume a lot

You bore me with your lack of thought. My prayers have to be for those currently in the educational system that reared you. I am sure you are able to read the subtle meaning of that sentence slick, since it was you relying on your prejudices and preconceived biases that lead to your adversarial slick retort which started this drain of discourse. I don’t assume anything. You are easy to read. That feeling you liken to anger inside you is not me being vulgar to you, or really a smart-ass, it’s me belittling you. And since you are slick, you shouldn’t need me to help you put a name to what you are feeling right this moment. I wish you all the hope this season in your crumbling team slick, as anyone with knowledge of baseball history can attest: the gods rarely smile on a franchise two seasons in a row. Oh, and since I won’t be coming back to this page, any reply you make will simply be to assuage your self-pride or save face in front of anyone unlucky enough to have followed this discourse.

Good luck Slick, you’re going to need it in life.

Just proved yourself a complete ASS and revealed yourself for the troll you are. Congratulations. This blog is better off if you are true to your word and leave. Doubt you will be though.

Moreno tried to trade him. NO takers.

MLB, would it kill ya to have moderators approving comments. You could probably just do away with the comments completely if you are going to allow the shenanigans taking place above.

Enforce a commenting policy like MLBTradeRumors and the adults would feel like it is safe to participate in these threads.

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