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Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:44 pm
 
Josh HamiltonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Hamilton's father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, has been hired by the Rangers to be Hamilton's "accountability partner." 

Johnny Narron had traveled with Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, since 2007 when Hamilton was a Rule 5 draft pick by the Reds. Narron stayed with Hamilton after the Reds fired manager Jerry Narron, Johnny's brother, during the 2007. Johnny Narron then went with Hamilton to Texas when he was traded after the season. Narron left the Rangers to become the Brewers' hitting coach last month.

Chadwick will not have any baseball-related duties, the team said. Chadwick had once served as the Washington Redskins' team chaplain and has also dealt with addiction problems himself.

"I think Josh is in a very different position today than when we acquired him in December, 2007," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News. "I think everyone agreed that when we traded for Josh, we thought Johnny was a real key hire. I think at that time, there was more unknown. We look at this as an important support position. … We've got such a unique clubhouse. Guys know Josh and respect Josh and they know what he has overcome. I think everybody who has been here has run across [Chadwick] and respects him, too. i don't anticipate this being an issue. Maybe if this was a less cohesive unit, but it is a very tight-knit group."

Hamilton having his own personal coach rubbed some members of the Reds the wrong way in 2007, but it apparently hasn't been as much of a problem in Texas.

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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:05 pm
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

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Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Mickey did have an accountability partner. Unfortunately it was Billy Martin, who was traded not long after the infamous Copa Cabana Nightclub incident. Billy was held accountable.


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Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:19 am
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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:07 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Very happy for Josh.  Mickey Mantle could have used an "accountability partner" - he would have hit 750 home runs!



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:55 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

How cool is this! Obviously Hamilton and his father-in-law have a good relationship for him to sign off on this. So good for Josh to have a constant reminder of his family waiting at home on a daily basis. This was a brillinant move by the Rangers, Josh, and Dean Chadwick (who now gets to go to every game and gets paid for doing so ;-))
But it's too bad Johnny Narron had to leave. I think I read it here that Mike Napoli credited him with the swing he discovered that caused him to go all Babe Ruth on the league last year. To get that kind of result again, I think it would have been cost-effective to hire Narron to be Napoli's personal coach.

Wouldn't it be ironic if Milwaukee's hirirng a new hiccing coach were to be the key to replacing Prince Fielder's numbers by elevating everyone else?



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:49 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Lump of coal, you are really bright. Next time do everyone a favor and don't comment. You are the embarassment.



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:39 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

Good Luck to Josh as he battles this never-ending addiction and Mr Chadwick as e mentors and helps Josh alog to road. Its a great baseball and human interest story and hopefully one day will shed a positive light on over coming your demons to be the best you can be in life. Best of luck to all.............



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:20 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

What an insensitive & stupid remark! How can you possibly know (or even assume) that Josh Hamilton is embarrassed over this hire? Do you know him personally or communicate with him regularly? Has he confided in you & explained his inner most feelings regarding his father-in-law & his new position?

Do you think that it's outside the realm of possibility that Hamilton was not only aware of, but also approved & perhaps even participated in the decision making process that resulted in the hiring of his father-in-law?

Obviously, you have no compassion for persons struggling in the throes of addiction & no understanding of the critical nature of a positive support network within easy access of persons working to overcome addiction. And don't think they don't suffer from time to time. 

Josh Hamilton doesn't need a babysitter! He needs a friend, perhaps even a mentor; someone he respects; someone he trusts & someone who has genuine love & concern for him. 

Next time I hope you'll think before you type...




Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:38 am
 

Rangers hire Josh Hamilton's father-in-law

really???... wow...


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