Love him or hate him, there's no denying the Texas Rangers will miss the presence of Josh Hamilton in their lineup — how much is yet to be determined. But Mike Napoli? Michael Young? C'mon. If you watched Sunday's game on ESPN the broadcasters were going on and on about how much the Rangers would miss all three in 2013. Young was awful all season, and at worst, A.J. Pierzynski will be equal to Napoli.
So, let's take a look at how the trio of departed Rangers did in their first games with their new clubs on Monday.
Josh Hamilton, LAA (at CIN) — Hamilton went 0-for-4 in the Angels' 13-inning win, actually drawing two walks, striking out and scoring a run. Oh, and he also had a first-pitch flyout in his first Angels at-bat.
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Mike Napoli, BOS (at NYY) — Napoli played first base and hit cleanup for the Red Sox as they traveled to The Bronx to take on the rival Yankees. The Red Sox won 8-2 but Napoli went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Michael Young, PHI (at ATL) — Young hit fifth for the Phillies and played third base, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and two walks.
There you go, folks. A combined 0-for-11 from the sorely missed former Rangers on Opening Day with their new clubs.