06/25/11 9:35 PM ET
Hamilton working to solve day-game woes
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
Hamilton had four strikeouts in Saturday's 14-5 loss to the Mets, three of them coming with the new contacts that were supposed to help reduce the brightness that has caused last season's American League MVP some problems in day games.
Hamilton was asked after the game if he'd use the contacts again. In three at-bats, he swung and missed seven times and fouled off three pitches. He took them off for his last at-bat.
"Probably not," he said. "No, probably not."
Hamilton, who is batting .115 in day games this season (6-for-52), said he'll instead revert back to a pair of sunglasses he used last season. He found them lying around his house on Friday, and brought them to the ballpark on Saturday.
"So I'll try that routine again and see if it can help some," Hamilton said.
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Manager Ron Washington seemed unconcerned with the different things Hamilton is doing to try get righted in the daylight. Hamilton did bat .286 in day games last season.
"Yeah, he wore contacts," Washington said. "You have to decide if they work."
Hamilton said the contacts messed with his depth perception on Saturday, which they're not supposed to do. So he was struggling to tell how quickly pitches were getting to home plate.
"[I was] just missing pitches," Hamilton said. "Late on pitches, 86 mph. Not normal-type stuff."
Hamilton said he'll do everything he can to figure his day-game dilemma out. He's batting .376 at night, but he's at .293 for the season because of his struggles in the light.
"I'd be batting .600 if I could figure out how to hit in day games," Hamilton said. "So it's frustrating for me knowing that, obviously, I could help my team in a big way, put in situations as far as having runners in scoring position, and I'm up there looking lost."
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.