For most of his career Josh Hamilton’s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light.
Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and .631 OPS in the sun last season, but so far this year he’s 12-for-24 (.500) with four homers in afternoon games.
What’s the reason for the sudden ability to hit during the day? Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he finally found a combination of eye drops and sun glasses that works and “got it figured out toward the end of last year.”
I’ll just assume Hollywood has already started production on a film trilogy about vampires who take eye drops, wear shades, and post a 1.000 OPS. Can’t be any worse than Twilight.
Update (8:40 PM ET): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Hunter’s contract with the Phillies is for two years.
There’s been a bit of confusion at the Winter Meetings. First, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that the Phillies were close to signing free agent reliever Addison Reed. That report was then disputed by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer then reported that not only do the Phillies not have a deal with Reed, they’re actually moving in on a deal with free agent pitcher Tommy Hunter. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic backed up Gelb’s report, as did Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Hunter, 31, spent the past season with the Rays, posting a 2.61 ERA with a 64/14 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a veteran of 10 seasons in the majors, should be a good addition to the Phillies’ bullpen, which also recently added Pat Neshek. Neshek and Hunter will likely work the innings just ahead of closer Hector Neris.
As for Reed, well, who knows.