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Circling the Bases: Hamilton-itis

Ray Flowers

Ray Flowers

The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: M-F at 5-8 PM EDT), Ray Flowers has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. You can follow Ray on Twitter (@BaseballGuys), he never sleeps, and you can also find more of his musings at

Josh Hamilton has been awful this season. Is there any reason to think the good times will return with the slugger? Also, can Starling Marte & Carlos Gomez keep up their hot starts to the season? Can Jeremy Hellickson rebound from his slow start? Ray Flowers gives his thoughts.


Josh Hamilton has been awful this year for the Angels hitting .212 with four homers, 11 RBIs an a .605 OPS. Actually, awful isn't even close to how putrid he has been. Now he reveals that he's been fighting a significant illness for about two weeks. Uh huh. I'm not saying he isn't sick, I'll buy that, but I'll also pass on what my source with the Rangers said about Hamilton to me this offseason (this is a legitimate source, not me spouting off trying to sound cool). My source told me that Hamilton needs more micro-managing than any player he has ever seen. The source estimated that a third of the time last season that Hamilton showed up to the park he claimed he was t

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