Hamilton Has Himself to Blame for Injury

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After Josh Hamilton(notes) broke his arm, he broke his third-base coach’s reputation. Dave Anderson, a man with a name befitting the anonymity he enjoyed until Tuesday afternoon, sent Hamilton home on a play that could’ve gone two ways. If he slides in for a run, it’s savvy. If he gets tagged out, it’s stupid. Baseball, wicked sense of humor ever present, offered a third: It’s painful, both in the snapped bone and the blow to the Texas Rangers as they spend the next two months trying to replace one of baseball’s best players.

When Hamilton blamed Anderson for urging him to dash for a run when Detroit Tigers catcherVictor Martinez(notes) stood away from home plate, he wasn’t wrong per se. And that’s the irony in it: Hamilton, who...

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