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5. Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton's first two months of 2012 were mind-boggling. It wasn't only his mammoth offensive numbers (21 HR, 57 RBI, .368 BA). It was also his outstanding diving grabs in centerfield and a Pete Rose approach on the basepaths, including head-first slides into first base (not always smart perhaps, but inspiring nonetheless.)
June and July were pure junk, and it doesn't matter if it's because contract negotiations broke down or if he just picked a bad time to stop chewing tobacco. Hamilton's cumulative average of .202 with only eight homers and 27 RBI was a summer drought that began the Rangers downfall. He also routinely jogged out grounders the remainder of the season—regressing from Charlie Hustle into Charlie Brown.
Rangers teammate Mike Adams has just told Sirius MLB Radio Network: "You don't know which Josh is going to show up at the ballpark. What happened at the end of the year, only Josh knows."
What we do know is that Hamilton loafed in the decisive AL West loss in Oakland and dropped an easy pop fly that has become infamous in Texas.
This is why the Rangers will not re-sign their own free agent who finished with MVP caliber numbers of 43 HR, 128 RBI and a .285 BA.