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After a couple miserable years in Los Angeles, Josh Hamilton is back in Texas. The Rangers’ organization is where he had his greatest years of success and continues to have the best support system in place. It was with their team that he became a superstar. The Rangers clearly have a great understanding of what Hamilton needs to stay “clean.” Drug addiction is a tremendous burden to bear, for any person. That’s why it’s so imperative for Hamilton to have the right people behind him.

It seems there’s no place that fits better than the Rangers for Hamilton. His Texas teammates and organizational executives understand better than anyone or anywhere else what it takes to support a person in such a serious situation. The balance of his career hangs on a precipice. A slippery slope that could lead to the depths of despair or the flourishing of a rejuvenated career.

In his five games back, Hamilton already has three extra base hits. He had his first multi-home run game in years, and seems to be close to his old form already. Talent has never been the question when it comes to his career. Physically, Hamilton equates to virtually a modern day Mickey Mantle. With all the tools in the world it’s exciting to consider what the future may hold for him. With the right systems in place he could be in for a couple great years like he had during his MVP years of 2010-2012. As long as he can stay on the straight-and-narrow, Hamilton will surely produce. There’s no place like home.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS Awards
2008 ★ 27 TEX AL 156 624 98 190 35 32 130 .304 .371 .530 .901 AS,MVP-7,SS
2010 ★ 29 TEX AL 133 518 95 186 40 32 100 .359 .411 .633 1.044 AS,MVP-1,SS
2011 ★ 30 TEX AL 121 487 80 145 31 25 94 .298 .346 .536 .882 AS,MVP-22
2012 ★ 31 TEX AL 148 562 103 160 31 43 128 .285 .354 .577 .930 AS,MVP-5,SS
162 Game Avg. 162 620 97 181 37 32 112 .292 .352 .520 .872
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/30/2015.

Landin Murphy covers MLB for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @Landinfitness

Landin Murphy

Landin “Shredder” Murphy has been athletic since early age, quickly developing a propensity for both baseball and swimming. One of Landin’s fondest memories was his youth baseball team narrowly missing out on the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series Final. Unfortunately, during high school Landin was forced to forget his originally preferred sports as a freak basketball injury nearly ended his life. All prospects for Division I sports scholarships evaporated. Despite this set back, Landin focused his energies in new modes, becoming an All-State musician, avid sports journalist and by"Bodybuilding" to stimulate and heal his body. In an effort to assist others, Landin is currently pursuing Pre-Medical, Dosimetry and Sports Medicine degrees.

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Landin MurphyAnalysisBaseballMLB#JoshHamilton,#MLB,Baseball,Texas Rangers  After a couple miserable years in Los Angeles, Josh Hamilton is back in Texas. The Rangers' organization is where he had his greatest years of success and continues to have the best support system in place. It was with their team that he became a superstar. The Rangers clearly...