Josh Hamilton in the dugout at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Before his first season with the Los Angeles Angels last year, former Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton dropped about 25 pounds in the offseason by cutting gluten and processed food out of his diet. He looked lean and ready to roll with his new team, but instead, he turned in a career-worst season that got off to a horrific start before somewhat saving some face late in the season.
He finished the year with 21 home runs, 79 RBIs and just a .250 batting average — all career-lows in a full season. The year before — his final in Texas — Hamilton hit .285 with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs, a career-high for long balls.
Now, he's reportedly packed on 28 pounds as the Angels are set to report to spring training in the coming weeks, according to The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
“I didn’t feel like my power was where it needed to be,” Hamilton told the newspaper. “But overall I still feel good about eating healthy and lifting heavier weights this off-season.”
It'll be interesting to see if Hamilton's weight gain, a year after his massive weight loss, will give him his power back. The Angels certainly hope so because they weren't planning on paying $25 million a year for what they got last season.