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.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.