#30 Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton ties single-game home run record; sets All-Star voting record; signs with Los Angeles Angels during the offseason
It was quite the eventful year for Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. On May 8, he became just the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a game and in the process set an American League record for total bases in a game (18). In July, Hamilton shattered an All-Star Game record with 11,073,744 votes (beating Jose Bautista’s previous mark of 7,454,753 votes from the 2011 season).
After Baltimore upset Texas in the wild card playoff game, Hamilton made a surprising move by signing a free agency contract with the Los Angeles Angels—a five-year deal worth $125 million.
During the season, Hamilton spent some time talking to FCA Magazine and he candidly discussed how God has helped him overcome alcoholism.