“I’m going to say .300, 30 and 100,” the
They were in Texas, when Hamilton hit .305 and averaged 28 homers and 101 RBIs in five seasons (2008-2012) and won
Hamilton, 33, slumped to a .250 average, 21 homers, 79 RBIs and 158 strikeouts in 2013, and he hit .263 with 10 homers and 44 RBIs during an injury-riddled 2014.
After missing almost all of September because of right-shoulder and rib-cage injuries, Hamilton declared himself fit for the playoffs, where he went hitless -- often looking overmatched -- in 13 at-bats in a three-game division series sweep at the hands of the
TBS commentator Gary Sheffield ripped Hamilton for his “bad body language,” and fans booed Hamilton at
Hamilton, who was in Anaheim on Sunday to bowl in Eddie Guardado's "Stars and Strikes" fundraiser to help children with autism, softened his stance toward the fans.
"Obviously, we love fans coming out, we love the support, they pay our salaries," Hamilton said. "If it was taken the wrong way, I don't want it to be, because we do benefit from and are blessed tremendously by their support. I want to do good for them."
The Angels need more production from Hamilton this season if they are to absorb the loss of second baseman and September cleanup batter Howie Kendrick, who was traded to the Dodgers for top pitching prospect
"The last couple of years have not been good at all," Hamilton said. "You're always looking to improve, and I'm looking to improve a lot more. I can't focus on the last two years because I want to be positive."
Hamilton, who missed much of last April and May because of a torn left-thumb ligament, took three extra weeks off to give his body time to heal. He's been hitting in Angel Stadium, and after tinkering with his swing mechanics in 2014, he said he'll keep his front toe-tap because "it feels comfortable, natural."
Hamilton also hopes to benefit from a six-week reunion with Johnny Narron, his former "accountability partner" in Texas who was hired to be the Angels' triple-A hitting coach.
Narron, who has known Hamilton since he was a child, will be in Tempe, Ariz., for