Found December 21, 2012 on NESN.com:
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During the 2012 season, Josh Hamilton‘s struggles in the second half were well documented. After blowing away baseball to the tune of a .635 slugging percentage over the course of the Texas Rangers’ first 81 games, Hamilton noticeably tailed off in the latter half of the year, his slugging percentage falling by .125 points and his OPS by .183.  Many ideas were put forth for Hamilton’s decline, with the two prevailing theories being his penchant for swinging at the first pitch of an at-bat, and the other his quitting chewing tobacco during the middle of the season. On Friday, Hamilton granted an interview to The Dan Patrick Show (compiled by Sports Radio Interviews) that touched on many subjects, including his relative struggles in the season’s second act. And, as Hamilton sees it, his dropoff is entirely due to that ill-timed decision to quit chewing. “I quit chewing tobacco, plain and simple,” Hamilton told the show. “To think it doesn’t have an effect on your physical, mental, I’v...
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