His first team, the Boston Red Sox, made a movie trailer playing his name off the “Chronicles of Riddick” movie with Vin Diesel. “It’s funny,” Josh told Yahoo Sports, “but I didn’t even know they were filming that at the time. I saw movie cameras all over the field for three days and I thought they were taping the whole team. So it was a surprise.”
Josh signed a four-year deal with the Houston Astros on November 23, 2016 after spending the season with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 155 combined games between the A’s and Dodgers, he batted .281 with 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 37 RBI while also providing steady defense in right field. With LA, Josh tied for the major-league lead with a .400 batting average in September, going 26-for-65 in 20 games as the Dodgers captured the NL West title. In 2015, Josh compiled his best numbers since his first season with the A’s in 2012, batting .272 with 20 home runs and 77 RBI in 149 games. Josh struck out just 65 times in ’15 and his average of 8.95 plate appearances per strikeout was seventh best in the American League and a career best. On August 9 and 10, 2013 at Toronto, Josh homered five times to tie the Major League record for home runs over a two-game span.
In his first two big-league starts for the Boston Red Sox in 2009, Josh recorded four hits, including two doubles and his first home run in the majors. He was the first Red Sox player to hit a home run within his first three games since Billy Conigliaro in 1969.