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Mired in Slump Josh Hamilton Takes Day Off

Josh HamiltonMired in a slump that has lasted nearly the entire season, Josh Hamilton the slugging outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels asked to sit out Sunday’s game versus the Texas Rangers to take a mental break.

Hamilton says he asked Mike Scioscia his manager if he could have the day off. He told his manager he felt he was spinning his wheels and was not getting anywhere. Taking a step back at time is needed said the slugger on Sunday following the 3-2 loss by the Angels to the lowly Texas Rangers.

Hamilton also said he was in agreement with his manager’s assessment that he was lacking in confidence. Hamilton is currently hitting just .266 on the season with only 8 homers and 35 RBIs. He has a mini four-game hit streak going. However, he has knocked in just 3 runs and hit only 2 homers in August.

Scioscia told reporters that the team’s cleanup hitter was playing without any confidence.

Scioscia said that Hamilton was not the same player as he was when the Angels looked into the Texas dugout when he was playing with the Rangers against the Angels.

In Texas, Hamilton was the AL MVP in 2010 and a Silver Slugger winner three times and recorded 506 RBIs during five seasons.

Hamilton had a strong relationship with Ron Washington the Rangers manager and as like Scioscia, Washington let Hamilton have a day off if he asked for one.

The Angels slugger had a huge support system while playing in Texas, including a friend of the family who would travel to games with him because of the previous issues he had with alcohol and drug abuse.

Hamilton has someone who is traveling with him during road games, except when the team travels to Texas.

Part of the current woes Hamilton is having at the plate might be linked to the close to two month he was on the disabled list with a left thumb ligament tear.

Before his injury in early April, he had two homers and was hitting .444.

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