Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

by Tim Heaney on January 7, 2013 @ 10:25:28 PDT


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How will Josh Hamilton adjust to SoCal?

It's the same old risk-reward factor with one of baseball's most dazzling slash frustrating players. His power, in theory, plays everywhere, and his .285 BA - not his .359 from three years ago - serves as a solid baseline. At least he stays in the division in which he's cultivated his stardom - familiarity in that sense will go a long way.

But he's moved to one of the media capitals of the world - sure, the team name is lame, but he's an hour drive from the dangerous game in the true city of Angels - err, sins. This organization leans toward family values, at least in reputation, but will his accountabili-buddy handle him in this new atmosphere?

His ongoing battles with addiction - alcohol and other substances, including chewing tobacco - will always present physical and mental risks. For the numbers crowd, Hamilton's new lineup - potentially one of the best in the bigs - is counteracted by a park that suppresses power, unlike Arlington's hitter-friendliness. His 2012 - likely his apex - looked quite brilliant as a whole, but check out that second-half clip.

Wanna bet first- or second-round dough on back-to-back seasons of 500-plus at-bats, while giving little credence to his increasing hacker ways and environmental temptations? Good luck.

What did Albert Pujols' 2012 tell us?

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