MLB All-star, AL MVP
Josh Hamilton Bio
Josh and his wife, Katie, have three children: daughters Julia Shea (3/14/01), Sierra Elise (8/22/05), and Michaela Grace (8/14/08)...graduated from Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1999, where he was a 2-time winner of the North Carolina Gatorade High School Player of the Year Award...following his senior season in 1999, was named USA Baseball's Amateur Player of the Year and Baseball America's High School Player of the Year...in 25 games during that senior season hit .529 (37-70) with 20 stolen bases, 35 RBI and a school-record 13 homers while finishing 7-1, 2.50 (56 IP, 91 SO) as a pitcher...as a junior in 1998, he hit .636 (49-77, 12 HR, 56 RBI, 20 SB) and finished 11-2 as a pitcher (87 IP, 159 SO).
In his first season as an everyday player in the major leagues, Hamilton was voted as a starting outfielder in the All-Star Game and led the American League in both RBI and total bases (tied)...batted .304 with 32 home runs, 130 RBI, and 35 doubles in his second big league season, his first campaign with the Rangers...led the American League in both RBI (130) and total bases (tied-331), joining Alex Rodriguez (2002) and Ruben Sierra (1989) as the only Texas batters ever to lead the league in those two categories in a season...led the A.L. in all 3 Triple Crown categories as late as through games of June 2, the first time for an A.L. player to lead that late since Boston's Manny Ramirez in 2001...that year, Ramirez held the lead in those 3 categories as late as through games of June 3.