OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Nelsn Cruz #17 after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the six inning during an MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum on September 22, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Josh Hamilton has proven so far this season that he is, indeed, Superman on the baseball field. Diving catches, majestic home runs, hot hitting, you name it, he's done it.
And a big reason for Hamilton's incredible start to this season (.418 batting average, 7 home runs, 17 RBIs) has been his newfound success in day games, which the Rangers have had a lot of this season.
Last season, Hamilton hit .298 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs, but he hit just .220 with one home run in day games, which amounted to 123 at-bats. He also broke his shoulder in a day game, which forced him to miss more than a month. He tried new sunglasses after new sunglasses, wore red contacts, blamed his blue eyes for his day game troubles, everything under the sun really, no pun intended.
This season, 24 of his 67 at-bats so far have come during day games and he's absolutely crushed the baseball in those games. In his 24 at-bats, he's hitting .500 with four home runs and nine RBIs. Could it be his new white space-aged sunglasses, or is it all in the pilates classes he's picked up and sworn by? Whatever it is, Hamilton has found a way to get work done during the day this year and it has him well on his way to another MVP season.