Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted out this interesting observation Saturday from Angel Stadium, just before the Angels’ second home game of the 2015 regular season …
Did not see any Josh Hamilton merchandise in main #Angels team store … can’t say I’m surprised, given tenor of team’s take toward OF.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) April 11, 2015
Hamilton jerseys probably wouldn’t be a hot item right now after his performance in 2014 and offseason relapse, so this could be chalked up to a simple supply-and-demand strategy. But it feels more calculated than that given recent comments from Angels owner Arte Moreno. DiGiovanna published a lengthy piece Saturday morning examining how awkward all of this has been for players in the Angels’ clubhouse who consider Hamilton a friend but are hearing anti-Hamilton sentiment from the guy who signs their paychecks.
Anaheim owes the 33-year-old $25.4 million this year and a combined $64.8 million in 2016-2017.