Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

For Baseball’s Josh Hamilton life is looking up

July 7, 2008

Not too long ago, Josh Hamilton was out of baseball and addicted to drugs. Few wondered whether his baseball career would ever be resurrected, they just wondered if he’d live to see the next day.

Hamilton’s baseball journey started when he was the first overall pick of the 1999 baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In 2001, Hamilton was in a car accident and at that point started experimenting with drugs. He played sparingly in 2001 due to injuries and drug use. Between 2002 and 2006, Hamilton didn’t play baseball at all. He failed numerous drug tests and had many failed stints in rehab. (more…)

MLB honors Negro Leaguers in Draft

June 30, 2008

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – Clubs selected former ballplayers to represent historic legacy. Bobo Henderson realized the significance of the day.

“It’s just like being born again,” Henderson said on Thursday as he sat waiting for what had been decades in coming.

Finally, Henderson, a shortstop and outfielder with the Kansas City Monarchs, and 29 others from Negro Leagues’ yesteryears were welcomed into the family of Major League Baseball.

It was a day Henderson won’t forget.

Nor will the people behind the idea.

“I’ve often said Jackie Robinson coming to the big leagues was baseball proudest moment,” Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Therefore, the recognition of all these people who played a role in that day, should have been recognized and, in many cases, should have been playing in Major League Baseball, I’m proud of that.” (more…)