RESULTS – Josh Hamilton Fan Poll

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The masses have spoken, several hundred fans have had their say. The SDI Interactive Josh Hamilton Fan Poll has closed and the results are in. Some of the answers were meant to be funny, some serious, and some were just meant to throw you off.

There were some surprising answers, at least to me, and there were some not so surprising answers. I would like to thank Ben and Skin from 105.3 The Fan for taking the Fan Poll live on-air last week. The response from their listeners was pretty profound and really provided some great analysis as I watched some of the answers get a little closer and some others pull away.

So without further ado, here we go:

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This was a simple question and the overwhelming (79%) response was that Rangers fans will welcome back Josh Hamilton with open arms. This one kind of surprised me a little bit because so much hate was being thrown around on social media about Hamilton’s return. I was really surprised that only 5% of you wanted Jon Daniels fired over this move. Then again, Rangers Facebook Commenters must not have taken the poll.

Let’s face it, we are a Nelson Cruz catch away from Hamilton being a World Series Hero, a DFW Icon, and Mike Napoli being a World Series MVP right? Don’t blame Hamilton, blame Nelly!

 

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I felt like this question was probably the most debatable one of the bunch and the results certainly agree. During his press conference, social media was exploding with people demanding apologies and then there were some that simply said, get over it. Well, 42% of you think he should apologize but the majority of you, 58%, say he doesn’t owe us anything or just don’t care either way. Me? I don’t really care. He’s an athlete, he’s not the first departing sports figure to run their mouth and he definitely won’t be the last.

 

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This one I find a little baffling, yet I’m proud of the result. Dallas/Ft. Worth is not a Baseball Town, at least not to me. It never will be. Unless the Dallas Cowboys move away, DFW will always be Cowboys Country. I am not really a Cowboys fan, more of a “it’s socially unacceptable to not root for the ‘Boys, so I will” kind of fan. Baseball is my number one and will always be my number one, but come on, a baseball town? Those are very few and very far between. The South Side? The Bronx? Boston or LA? Maybe a city where baseball is all they have?

I am proud that 40% of you stuck up for our team and want to make this a Baseball Town. I dig that.

 

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This was purely a baseball move was the clear winner here with 55% of the votes. I tend to lean more towards this being a move to help Josh more than a baseball move. The reason being is that Hamilton just doesn’t make a ton of sense here looking into the future. This is a very left handed heavy team as it is, and with Nomar Mazara, Nick Williams, and Joey Gallo on their way, it only gets heavier. Those are cost controllable assets that will probably out-perform Hamilton when, or if, they arrive. Hamilton could very well be relegated to a bench role or even opt-out in 2016 because of a diminished role.

I see Team Nolan folks missed this poll. I honestly expected the “Who cares, Nolan would have never screwed this team up like this!” to be way more than 5%. Alas, it is not, good job, guys!

 

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This to me was an absolute no-brainer and it seems we all agree! There really isn’t any way around this being a great deal for Texas from a money standpoint. They gave up nothing, and for just a hair over $2 million, they get a former American League MVP. At that cost, Hamilton just needs to produce roughly .3 WAR to be valuable. In terms of value, a 1.0 WAR is generally worth roughly $6-7 million. Hamilton has never been worth less than .6 WAR and that was in an injury plagued 2009 season. Last year, with all his ups and downs, he still produced a 1.4 WAR.

 

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I see my Ocular Keratitis joke didn’t go over real well. Just 12% of you voted for the Red Bull answer! Meh, I never said I was a good comedian. 84% of you have faith in Josh and believe that he still has a little left in the tank. That is way higher than I anticipated it being. I really felt like most of the fans, based on twitter interactions, felt like Josh was done. I know more than 5% of you think he’s done but maybe you’re being optimistic. If so, I applaud you, welcome aboard the Optimism Ship. “I am the captain now!”

 

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If you’re anything like me, you wish you had paid more attention in Chemistry Class. Or if you’re like me, you forged your report card and turned that D into a B so the parents wouldn’t find out you failed a class, in the 11th grade, for the first time in your life. 57% of you think this will bring the team closer, or at the very least, not cause any clubhouse rifts. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus have both gone on record saying that they will welcome Hamilton back with open arms and I heard over the weekend that Michael Young played a very vocal role in bringing Hamilton back.

 

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I am not surprised by the answer to this one but I am surprised at the specific answer to this one. I thought for sure a strikeout would have been the overwhelming answer. Well, in fact, it wasn’t. Only 29% of you think that he will whiff but 41% of you think he will ground out or fly out. The bottom line is that the majority of you think that Hamilton’s first at bat back, will result in some form of an out.

I do like the 8% of you that believe in the bat throw though. How far will it fly?!

 

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First of all, the 6% of you that plan to start the wave, never come back here again. As for the 12% that plan on reading the paper, well I hope you don’t get drilled by a baseball, or a bat for that matter. If I am at the game, I will be a part of the 79% of you that plan on cheering Hamilton and welcoming him back to his home. Let’s face it, Texas is home for Hamilton and if he were to ever to get into the Hall of Fame, well he would go in wearing the “T” on his cap. If you plan on booing him, I hope you voted accordingly in the next question.

 

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The Houston Astros are STILL in first place?!?

In all seriousness, I am glad that 44% of you are open minded enough to give Hamilton that second chance to win you over again. He did a lot for this team when he was here, and he made some bone headed mistakes, but he did more good than harm. Glad to see Rangers fans with some open arms.

Overall I felt like we all had fun with this poll. Josh Hamilton may or may not make a ton of sense now or even in the future, but at the end of the day, I truly and honestly feel like this was a move to better Josh Hamilton as a person. Had the price not been right, I feel like Texas would have passed on Hamilton and that the Angels would have been in for a nasty fight with the Players Union.

Yes, Texas did Anaheim a favor by unloading Hamilton’s contract from them, but now, Hamilton and Texas have a chance to shove it in Arte Moreno’s face with a productive Josh Hamilton. Maybe Hamilton provides a spark, maybe he doesn’t. Maybe Hamilton comes here and maybe he’s 2012 second half Hamilton all over again. Who knows.

What I do know, is that win or lose, performance or no performance, this is Josh Hamilton’s last stand in baseball. Whatever happens here, this is it for Hamilton.

What I hope for is a Josh Hamilton multi-homer game or better yet, a Josh Hamilton walk-off home run to beat Anaheim and knock them out of the playoffs – if for nothing more than to see this one more time..

Mike-Scioscia

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Billy is a baseball fanatic and has been around the game since he was four years old. The first ever game he attended was in September of '89 and Pete Incaviglia denied him an autograph after he had a bad batting practice session. Billy has held a grudge since. Billy is also a baseball coach who is known to dance around the dugout like Ron Washington during big plays in the game.

7 comments

  • Technically, Cruz has nothing to do with Josh being a hero. If Cruz gets to that ball, Josh never hits that HR. It’s a meltdown by Oliver and Feldman away from Josh being a hero.

    But I agree with everything else, and I hope his first AB involves a bat toss followed by a dinger.

    • You are right. I tend to forget that night, so I got the sequence of events mixed around. I haven’t watched the highlights of that game and haven’t seen the play since it was broadcast live on TV. But yes, you are correct.

      • Can’t blame anyone for switching around the order. That night is probably hazy for a lot of people and I have no desire to watch any of that again, even Josh’s HR.

  • Give someone a little bit of power and see how they try to silence you? The truth will come out. People will know your love of the wave so you might as well come out of the baseball closet while you still can! 🙂

  • Don’t let Billy’s bluster about the wave fool you. I have seen him do the wave and have photographic evidence of his satisfaction at having done so. IN FACT, I would be willing to bet anyone at the game on May 11th will witness another epic attempt at said wave. This man loves the wave. NEVER let him convince you otherwise!

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