BASEBALL — 14 May 2012

The bat Josh Hamilton used this wee to hit eight of his nine home runs is headed to the Hall of Fame after being slightly cracked Sunday during the Texas Rangers‘ 13- 6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

The Hall of Fame has requested the bat that was used by Hamilton a week ago to hit four home runs in one game against the Baltimore Orioles. He joined a list of just 16 players in MLB history to record a four homer game; the last player to do so was Carlos Delgado for the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept 25, 2003.

“She died a hero,” Hamilton told reporters with a smile referring to his broken bat after Sunday’s game. ”She was tired, she was getting a little weak.”

Hamilton reportedly did everything he could to extend the life of the bat. He stopped using it for batting practice following the four-homer game last week.

Following his historic week which includes nine homers and 18 RBI’s, Hamilton leads the American League in all three Triple Crown categories (.402, 18 Homers, 44 RBI’s).

When asked if we can expect to see 10 homers and 20 RBIs in this next seven-day stretch, Hamilton said, “That would be a good pattern to start, wouldn’t it? You can expect me to play hard.”

“Obviously it’s, other than being in the World Series, the highlight of my big-league career,” Hamilton said. “I was saying after I hit two I’ve never hit three in a game before, and what a blessing that was. Then to hit four is just an awesome feeling, to see how excited my teammates got.”




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