Former MLB star Josh Hamilton completed his self-destructive journey after the former Texas Rangers star was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after his 14-year-old daughter accused him of beating her.
Josh Hamilton’s Race To The Bottom started after he became the first-overall pick out of high school in the 1999 amateur draft by Tampa Bay.
Hamilton’s career almost ended before even getting started after it was nearly destroyed by his cocaine and alcohol addiction.
Hamilton returned to baseball with the Cincinnati Reds with his big-league debut in 2007, when he hit 19 homers in 90 games.
After an awe-inspiring display in the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium in 2008 which in retrospect would turn-out to be the highlight of his career. The Reds traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers.
In Texas, Hamilton’s career looked to finally be on track when he led the American League with 130 RBIs while hitting .304 with 32 homers in his first full season with the Rangers.
Hamilton was an integral part of the Rangers only two World Series teams (2010 and 2011) and was an All-Star five seasons in a row.
He hit four homers in the 2010 AL Championship Series and had a four-homer game in Baltimore in 2012.
But for Hamilton, the wheels came off his baseball career after he left the Rangers in free agency, signing a $125 million, five-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels before the 2013 season.
After two injury-plagued seasons with Los Angeles, Hamilton, while still recovering from shoulder surgery, was traded him back to Texas in 2015.
He played just 50 games for Texas in 2015 before his baseball career came to an end after he couldn’t come back from undergoing at least three surgeries.
Josh Hamilton Hits Rock Bottom
On Monday, a Tarrant County, Texas grand jury indicted the 38-year-old Hamilton on a felony charge of injury to a child.
He remains free on $30,000 bond after he turned himself into authorities on Oct. 30. If convicted, he faces a prison sentence of two to 10 years in prison.
Hamilton’s attorneys say the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer is innocent of the charge. His 14-year-old daughter told her mother, Hamilton’s ex-wife, that her father struck her after he became enraged by a comment from her.
According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamilton’s daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30.
She says she made a comment to Hamilton that upset him, so he threw a full water bottle overhand at her, hitting her in the chest, then cursed and shouted at her.
He pulled away the chair on which she rested her feet and threw it, breaking the chair, she told detectives. It didn’t hit her, but he then grabbed her by the shoulders and lifted her from the chair on which she sat.
She fell to the floor, and he lifted her up, threw her over his shoulder and carried her to her bedroom.
The girl said at this point she was telling Hamilton, “I’m sorry.” Upon reaching her bedroom door, he tossed the teen onto her bed, pressed her face onto the mattress and began hitting her legs with an open hand and closed fist.
She said that after he finished striking her, he told her, “I hope you go in front of the f—ing judge and tell him what a terrible dad I am so I don’t have to see you anymore and you don’t have to come to my house again.”
As he left the room, Hamilton’s daughter said he told her to gather her things for school. When she replied that she had already put them in the car, he responded, “Well, aren’t you just the perfect child.”
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