Below, you’ll find the cover of next week’s edition of Sports Illustrated. On the cover, you’ll find Josh Hamilton – current outfielder for the Texas Rangers. Last season, Hamilton played just down the street for the Reds, notching one of the better feel-good stories of the season.
The Rangers, attempting to find a run-producer to replace Mark Teixeira, traded for Hamilton in the off-season; needless to say that he’s off to one heck of a start.
As Bugs and Cranks points out, Hamilton currently leads the league in batting average (.329) and RBI (58). He’s currently second in home runs behind Chicago’s Carlos Quentin – another outfielder acquired this past off-season by a league-rival. The same league rival that is now five and a half games ahead of us in the Central, after beating us for what seems to be the 1,000th time this year.
It’s worth mentioning that Hamilton’s 58 RBI is more than double that of the Tribe’s leader, Casey Blake, who has 27.
There’s a reason that Hamilton-to-Texas was given the top grade by SI’s John Heyman. Quentin-to-Chicago isn’t too far behind. And there’s also a reason why Mr. Heyman had no need to include the word “Indians” anywhere in said article, as they sat on their hands for the entire winter.
Sky’s The Limit [Bugs and Cranks]