Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/19/13
ANAHEIM, Calif. Day after day, its the same thing. Josh Hamilton comes to the ballpark, takes his swings in the batting cage and then hopes something good will finally happen. Maybe this is the game where he finds the source of his struggles. Maybe this at-bat will turn around his season. Maybe he wont strike out, or hit into a double play, or hear the boos he hears so often this season. But no. Its the same thing. One game folds into the next, but nothing changes. Hamilton, the Angels 125-million right fielder, is all talked out. He avoids reporters after games, as he did Tuesday night when he hit into three double plays, struck out twice and left seven runners on base in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mariners. He has nothing to say. How can he possibly explain his offensive troubles when he doesnt understand himself why hes batting .213 with 73 strikeouts? Who hits 43 home runs and drives in 128 one season, then falls inexplicably flat the next? Thats a tough night for Josh, but nobody feels it more than Josh, manager Mike Scioscia said after Tuesdays loss. He wants to contribute so bad, and right now hes struggling with some things. Its not just right now; its all season. Hamiltons batting average hasnt been above .234, and this month, through 15 games, hes hitting .190. Hes had more than two hits in a game just three times. To his credit, hes not sulking, at least not visibly. He walks through the Angels dugout in the early afternoon and taps a reporter on the knee with his glove, his way of saying hello. But he still swings wildly at breaking balls below the knee and cant resist chasing pitches out of the strike zone. There is no real remedy except to wait him out. You dont put a guy making as much money as he is and who arrived in Anaheim to enormous fanfare on the bench to clear his mind. Scioscia has moved him to the second spot in the batting order in the hope he would see more strikes hitting ahead of Albert Pujols, but that hasnt worked. Weve tried a lot of different things, Scioscia said. Theres definitely patience involved. Theres some proactive things to try to get him into his comfort level in the batters box, but the bottom line is were not just winding him up and putting him out there. Hes not just going through the motions. Hamilton has sorted through videotape of past seasons to find the right stance, or the right positioning of his hands, or the swing that brought him success in the past. Hes a .304 career hitter with 171 home runs, so he knows hes capable of fixing whatever is wrong. Hes faced adversity in the past, not the least of which were his substance-abuse problems that put him out of the game for three years when he was still a kid. So there is every reason to believe he can dig himself out of this hole, as deep as it is. He hit a home run and drove in two Monday night against Seattle, but that achievement was gone and forgotten by Tuesday. The unforgiving boos came down every time he ground out to kill a rally. And when he had a chance to put the Angels in front in the seventh or win the game in the ninth with a runner at second, he struck out. He takes his lack of production very hard, Scioscia said. Hes very serious about it. He knows what he means to our club, and hes working hard at it. Hell get through it. Scioscia sounded hopeful. There was no guarantee. Thats all Hamilton has right now, is hope.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Cult of Sport: Before there was Ezekiel Elliott, there was Eric Dickerson
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adam Jones takes a shot at Terrelle Pryor

Jeff Fisher, Les Snead deny ‘toxic’ relationship reports

‘Field of Dreams’ 24-diamond complex clears final hurdle, will build on site from film

Dorial Green-Beckham fined for wearing non-charity Yeezy cleats

Chargers GM won’t commit to Mike McCoy’s return in 2017

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Police close to arresting Matt Barnes for alleged assault

Carmelo: Cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson

DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors won’t go away

NFL folks think Jabrill Peppers ‘more hype than substance'?

Joe Haden: Winless Browns the 'laughingstock of every joke’

Did Del Rio give Reid the stink eye after Thursday’s game?

Winners, losers and what is still pending from baseball's 2016 Winter Meetings

The best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

Five teams on upset alert in NFL Week 14

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Box Score 12/9: Carey Price has had enough of your nonsense

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

Ten most significant developments of the NBA season

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Winners, losers and what is still pending from the 2016 Winter Meetings

Why UCLA's Lonzo Ball is the most interesting player in college hoops

The NBA goes courtside to curbside: Drinks and rides for discerning fans

CFB Crash Course, Graduation: Final grades and awards

The five best (and worst) times athletes hosted 'SNL'

NHL All-Star Game fans are in search of another John Scott

Sporting life: Gifts for the fan who is always on point

Matt Ryan is now Mr. Pick-Two

MLB Winter Meetings, Day 4: News, notes and rumors

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker