ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton may have found a solution to his penchant for flinging bats into the stands while swinging: spray glue.
The Texas Rangers slugger was growing increasingly concerned over his tendency to send bats flying end-over-end toward spectators — and the occasional projectile that had on-deck hitter Adrian Beltre ducking for cover.
Months of searching led to a trip to the hardware store for a $10 aerosol can of glue often used for upholstery and fabric inside cars. He hasn't thrown a bat since the discovery on the last homestand.
"No matter how hot it is, it stays sticky," Hamilton said of the glue that he sprays on the bat handle.
Hamilton's bat-tossing became something of a sideshow earlier this season. It isn't known how many times he's done it, but he had multiple tosses in one game. At one point, home fans behind the Rangers' dugout — where most of the bats land — started bringing signs, including one with a target that said: "Josh hit it here."
"I don't want to take a chance on anyone getting hurt," said Hamilton, who left Friday night's 5-1 loss to Minnesota early with back spasms and is day to day. "I was getting irritated with it. I've tried everything."