The Pendleton Panther

Number One Overall Pick. Home Run Derby Winner. Recovering Addict.

Posted on: September 1, 2009












Josh Hamilton was selected as the first overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999. He was thought to be the fastest player drafted out of high school to make it to the pros. However, this did not go according to plan. You might ask, what stopped him from making his debut in 1999? Weeks after arriving in the minor leagues, a season ending injury occurred in 2000.  Days before the start of the 2001 season, Hamilton was involved in a motorcycle crash which kept him on the DL for the entire season.  More injuries in 2003 kept him out of play for nearly 263 straight games. With much free time on his hands, the 19 year old began to hang with the wrong crowd. With no baseball  Josh started decorating his body with 32 tattoos and soon after became addicted to cocaine. This caused him to fall deeper into the black hole, he was already heading towards. After failing multiple drug test in 2004 and 2005, he never played a game.  His lowest point in 2005 was when he found himself lying on his grandmothers doorstep with his body wasted away at 2:30 am. After his grandmother got him back on his feet that morning, he started his road back to baseball. In the next year Hamilton was traded to the Reds, found the Lord and got married.  In 2007 the superstar that everyone thought they would see in the pros in 2000 made his debut with the Reds. Hamilton currently is with the Texas Rangers and is one of the most feared hitters in the game and has not done drugs since 2005.


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