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Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:44 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Rangers star outfielder Josh Hamilton is once again without an accountability coach, as his father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, has decided to back out of the position he agreed to take earlier this offseason (Foul Territory). Hamilton had been with Johnny Narron ever since joining the Rangers, but Narron took the job of Brewers' hitting coach, leaving the job vacant. The role of the "accountability coach" is to help protect Hamilton from his past demons -- alcohol and drugs -- especially on road trips.

"It was a tough, tough deal," Chadwick said (ESPN Dallas). "I let my heart get away with me. I wanted to go and be there for Josh. But I’ve got a 17-year-old daguther at home that needs me too and I’m a homebuilder and have a company here. I sort of put the cart before the horse. It was heartbreaking to call them and say, 'Guys, I can't do it.'"

The Rangers will reportedly seek a new replacement, even though Hamilton has told reporters that he doesn't feel he needs one. His father-in-law apparently agrees with that assessment.

"I think he's got that tiger by the tail," Chadwick said (ESPN Dallas). "If him and I could be together, it would be awesome because we get along so well. And if I thought that was the case that he would be in some sort of danger, I'd really reconsider."

Hamilton will turn 31 this coming May and has been to four straight All-Star Games since joining Texas. He won the 2010 AL MVP.

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Comments

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:33 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

God forbid mrbeaglesworth someone admits they have a problem and are seeking help from an outside source. Addiction problems are different than fat Z's and Milton Bradley's douchebaggery problems. We are talking about a serious disease here, something that is tough to describe to someone that hasn't experienced it first hand in their lives.

What drives me nuts is people who hate on this would be the first to crucify Josh Hamilton if he went out and got arrested for possession or DUI. This accountability coach is a measure to prevent things like that from happening and I applaud Josh for it.




Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Do you think it is as simple as a guy not wanting to be paid to be a gloriified baby sitter?  I mean everyone has their price, but it would be really wierd to follow a grown man around making sure he didnt slip up.  Is this guy responsible for play dates?  How about entertainment while on the road?  Not saying I wouldnt do it if the money was right, but who wouldnt rather do something, anything, else that was baseball related.  On second thought I hope this position takes off.  Milton Bradley could have used one.  I wonder if the Marline would consider one for fat Z?  Maybe sports can solve our employment problem with baby si...I mean "accountability coaches" for the babies who pass as men these days.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

If I had a drug problem there's no way I could demand my company hire someone to be constantly by my side to keep me on the stright and narrow:

You could if you were that valueable to a company, a la Josh Hamilton's importance to the Rangers. So get to work.



Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:44 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Were it any other person in any other business, no company is going to hire an "accountability coach" to babysit a single employee. If I had a drug problem there's no way I could demand my company hire someone to be constantly by my side to keep me on the stright and narrow, probably because that person would end up making more than I do. However, I think this sets a very bad precedent for the Rangers, should anyone else in the organization have a similar problem, whether it's a player, coach, front office worker, ticket taker or hot dog vendor, because the company will have set a precedent for helping employees with drug problems. It's easily fixed by having Hamilton himself pay for employee, a one-man entourage, but I don't like the idea of the team hiring this person.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:40 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Why isn't Josh Hamilton expected to be accountable for himself?

Spend some time at a local AA or NA meeting and you will start to get it more. Addicts that seek group support or help from others like an "accountability coach" are much more likely to stay clean than someone who does it on their own. Josh is smart for thinking he can't do this on his own, it shows he's in touch with his addiction and is handling it pro-actively.

In AA they call an "accountability coach" a sponsor. Its the same principle and everyone who joins can get the same kind of help hopefully. I know people close to my life that it has helped stay clean.




Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:38 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Probably pays pretty good...are they taking applications?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:00 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Redsfan1507,

i agree with most everything that you say here but I am going to guess you have never known any one or crossed anyone with an addiction.  It is just not that easy.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:43 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

Why isn't Josh Hamilton expected to be accountable for himself ? 

If what he says is true, and he has a personal relationship with, and unwaivering faith in God, why is a full time baby sitter necessary to keep him off the crackpipe ?

Hamilton has seen the gutter, and his new lease on life after crawling out of it. MLB tests him regularly, and his familty has daily contact with him, I assume. That isn't enough ?

Besides, isn't it a bit pretentious for the Rangers to give the impression this is some kind of round the clock, humanitarian effort ? Will they continue this "protection" after Hamilton retires ? Who watches him in the offseason, or insures he didn't sneak out of his hotel room on the road in the middle of the night, or get a buzz in the restroom stall ?   

Are they only willing to help MVP's ? What about the other guys that are alcoholics, drug abusers, wife beaters, sex addicts, gamblers or habitual traffic violators ? Most elite athletes are coddled, over attentioned and often excused for irresponsibility their entire lives. It's not only unfair to those held responsible, but unfair to the athletes to deny them aquisition of accountability and responsibility that are necessary attributes society has absolved them from. It doesn't solve anything, it just perpetuates the problem.    &nb
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Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

That's a great ideaCool



Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:47 am
 

Hamilton's 'accountability coach' job open again

P.S. I don't have a sad life either.


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