Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been nominated for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
Nominated. Doesn’t mean he has won it. Here is the release from Sports Illustrated received today:
Hope all is well. As you may know, at the end of every year, Sports Illustrated gives out their “Sportsman of the Year” award. It is presented annually to the person/team who has excelled in athletic performance and demonstrated great character. Writers and editors throughout Sports Illustrated have began to present their nominations for whom they feel should win the 2010 Sportsman of the Year. Past winners include Tom Brady, Jack Nicklaus, the 2004 Boston Red Sox and most recently, Derek Jeter.
Staff writer Ben Reiter has nominated Texas Rangers centerfield Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has been nominated for his dominant play of the field this season but also for being a person who goes to incredible lengths for his team day in and day out. Reiter does not choose to look at his past or his future but rather the present. He writes, “At 29, he led the majors in batting average (.359) and in slugging percentage (.633) and in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.044), but in practice his dominance exceeded even those statistics. He was such a force in the American League Championship Series that the Yankees decided that they would rather intentionally put him on base in order to face Vladimir Guerrero, who has himself been intentionally walked more than all but three other players in baseball history.”