A new baseball movie is coming, and in this one the baseball player is still actively playing ball. Casey Affleck will make his directorial debut with the movie “Miracle Shot,” a biopic of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton. While it might seem strange to see a movie based on a current baseball player, before his story is even completed, Hamilton has lived a life that seems made for the movies. With Jack Reynor tapped to possibly star as Hamilton in the movie, here is what you need to know about “Miracle Shot.”
Josh Hamilton Sabotages His Career
When Josh Hamilton made his way to Major League Baseball in the 1999 MBL Draft, he was considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays chose him with the first overall pick in the draft and he was a minor league All-Star by 2000. However, an automobile accident stalled his career, and it was at this time that he started his long battle with drug abuse.
In 2001, he tired rehabilitation for the first time and in 2002 the Rays sent him to Betty Ford for more drug rehabilitation. Nothing seemed to work. He failed a drug test in 2003 and took most of the season off. In 2004, he failed another drug test and was suspended and then failed two more and was suspended for the season. The failed tests were for drugs more severe than marijuana and he ended up out of baseball for three years.
Josh Hamilton Rises from the Ashes
Hamilton finally made his way back to baseball in 2006 and played a little in the minor leagues that season. In 2007, the Chicago Cubs claimed Hamilton in the Rule 5 Draft and traded him to the Cincinnati Reds. Eight years after the Rays drafted him, Hamilton was finally officially a rookie and was runner up for Rookie of the Year award to Ryan Braun. The Reds traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers, and it was here that he became a star.
While in Texas, Hamilton helped the Rangers reach the first two World Series appearances in the team’s history. In 2010, he was the AL Batting Champion and won the AL MVP Award. Just four years removed from being ostracized from baseball for three seasons, Hamilton was on top of the world and was considered one of the best baseball players in the country.
This will be the directorial debut of Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Oscar winning director Ban Affleck. Casey has appeared in a number of popular movies over his career, including “Good Will Hunting,” “Ocean’s Eleven” and his brother’s directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone.” He has directed a mockumentary before when he took on the task of working with Joaquin Phoenix and made a movie called “I’m Still Here,” where Phoenix convinced most of the world that he was actually going crazy when it was all just staged for this film. Relativity has to hope that the younger Affleck has the same chops as his very talented older brother.