Josh Hamilton merchandise has been pulled off the shelves at Angel Stadium team store

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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 …

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.