The Reds took a shot on him and plan to give Josh Hamilton a legitimate shot to make it.
Just like a movie the Natural, Josh Hamilton is a baseball prodigy who has his promising career sidetracked, and attempts to return to baseall later in life.
The left hand slugger from Raleigh, NC was the top overall pick in the yearly free agent draft in 1999. The baseball community had tabbed him as a future superstar when the Devil Rays drafted him instead of taking Josh Beckett with the overall top pick.
His career got off to a good start where he posted over a 900 OPS in the low level A ball which resulted to a promotion to Hudson Valley. The following year his bat did not dissapoint where he again terrorized minor league pitching, but that would be the most at bats he would get at 391 at bats. From this point on, he was plagued with an injury on the field, a car accident in Tampa in 2001 that injured his back, and it seemed like it would difficult for him just to get back on the field. But, that was before the cocaine drug addiction took place where he was suspended from the game since 2003 until last year when he was finally reinstated.
At the age of 25, he is not the 35 year old player the Robert Redford played in that incredible movie the Natural. However, what Josh has been through just to get to this point sure parallels the story.