Josh Hamilton Facts
Major League Baseball All Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers
- Hamilton was born May 21, 1981, in Raleigh, North Carolina. His actual name is Joshua Holt Hamilton.
- He was the first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career in 2001.
- Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Cincinnati Reds) in the Rule 5 Draft.
- He made his MLB debut in 2007 with the Reds and had a successful rookie season.
- He won the AL batting title in 2010.
- On October 22, 2010, he was selected as MVP of the 2010 ALCS.
- On November 23, 2010, he was named the 2010 AL MVP, earning 22 of 28 first-place votes.
- In 2011, he batted .298 with 25 home runs.
- He was 3rd in the American League in sacrifice flies (10), 6th in intentional walks (13), and 8th in slugging percentage (.536).
- His struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented.
- To comply with the provisions of MLB's drug policy, he provides urine samples for drug testing at least three times per week.
- During the off-season he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.
- He dated Katie from 2002 and married her in 2004.
- He suffered a second slip with alcohol on February 2, 2012. He apologize at a press conference the next day.