Found July 03, 2013 on NESN.com:
It’s oft-repeated that Josh Hamilton is perhaps the streakiest hitter in baseball, a fact which was on display last season, looking at his first-half and second-half splits. Hamilton famously slumped hard after the All-Star break in 2012, which had the slugger searching for excuses. After the season ended, Hamilton essentially blamed all his on-field struggles on quitting chewing tobacco, and the subsequent withdrawal. Though it drew some derision, it’s not necessarily far-fetched to suggest that withdrawl from an addictive drug could have suppressed his numbers. So, is Hamilton’s 2013 resurgence attributable to getting back on the tobacco? It’s no secret that Hamilton has struggles mightily since coming over to the Angels of Anaheim on a five-year $125 deal during the offseason. Hamilton has a .672 OPS on the season, and even that was buoyed by a .810 mark in May. However, Hamilton has come around as of late, hitting .350 with three doubles in his last seven games. Coincidentally —...
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