Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton promised not to let any deal talk absorbs him from having a successful season.
Less than 24 hours after turning into the 16th player to hit 4 home runs in one game in major league history, Hamilton related his most serious concern is remaining healthy and helping the Rangers win a World Series. Las Vegas odds
“I’m not going to let it be a distraction for me,” Hamilton announced. “I’m going to keep making an attempt to play good and put up good numbers and do what I am able to. I believe they kind of want to see things play out and see me be healthy and play and all that.”
The Rangers and Hamilton’s representative have an open dialogue and are talking during the season as they try to see if there’s a deal that will work for both parts, before Hamilton turning into a free agent at the end of 2012.
“There’s nothing new to say about the case,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said.
“We need Josh to remain a Ranger for a long period of time, and he’s voiced that the feeling is common. Beyond that, we’re not going to discuss any possible negotiations, with Josh or other players.”
So far, Hamilton is putting up monster numbers. Going into last Wednesday, he was leading the league in batting average (.406), home runs (14) and RBIs (36). He said the probabilities were “very, very, extraordinarily slim” that he’d finish the season on top of those Triple Crown categories.
“Why stress about something that likely won’t happen at all?” Hamilton asserted. “Just have fun, go out and play and help me team win. That’s all I would like to do. I would like to win a World Series.”
Hamilton said he’s been “completely in a position to prevent” any talk about negotiations out of his mind and just play the game. He claimed he’s not worried about where he’d be in 2013.
“It’s easy for me to focus. I’m under commitment with the Texas Rangers to play baseball this season, so what do I have to do on an everyday basis to come in and play the best I possibly can that night? Thinking about all that stuff and the way to do the best I can that night does not let me think about what is going on next year.”
Hamilton claimed he knew he was seeing the ball and getting the good part of the bat on it, though he wasn’t sure his 1st or 3rd home runs were going to leave the park.
“Things kind of slowed down for me and you just keep the barrel of the bat on the ball and if it goes, it goes,” Hamilton declared. “Very rarely do you try and hit a home run and hit one. (The) majority of the time it’s a mistake thrown by a pitcher or you hit a line drive and you get the right angle on it to hit it out.”
Hamilton said the ball from his 4th homer, given to him by reliever Mike Adams who made sure to secure it after it bounced near the bullpens, is safe in his baggage. He revealed it’s been authenticated.