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Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:50 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am
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Josh Hamilton

Posted by Eye on Baseball

First off, the Rangers don't want Shayne Kelley to be called Josh Hamilton's "accountability coach" -- Kelley is a "Major League staff assistant" with more or less one player to coach.

The Rangers hired the former Royals minor-league strength assistant on Tuesday, but general manager Jon Daniels made sure to dismiss the term previously applied to Johnny Narron and, briefly, Michael Dean Chadwick, Hamilton's father-in-law.

"I don't know where that [term] came from … Josh is accountable for himself," Daniels told MLB.com. "Our aim is to support him and put him in a position to succeed. If you hire an interpreter for somebody, the guy is still responsible for what he says. Josh is still accountable for himself."

Josh Hamilton
Narron, the brother of Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, had been by Hamilton's side since 2007, when Hamilton joined the Reds' organization -- and stayed with him even after his brother, Jerry, was fired as the team's manager. When Hamilton was traded to Texas, Narron went too. However, Narron left his job with the Rangers in November to become the Brewers hitting coach. Chadwick was hired in January, but backed out of the position less than two weeks later.

While without an aide or whatever else it is they want to call it, Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol. Hamilton is an admitted drug and alcohol addict. After his relapse became public, Hamilton met with doctors from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Kelley was also along for the meeting, according to the newspaper. MLB hasn't decided if Hamilton will face disciplinary action from the relapse, which could be deemed a violation of his previous terms of reinstatement from previous suspensions. Daniels said he expected any such discipline "unlikely."

Kelley spent last season as a high school baseball coach, but has served as an assistant at Samford and Jacksonville State in Alabama. He was an assistant coach and team chaplain for the University of Alabama from 1996-99 and then served in Kansas City's minor-league system as a strength and conditioning coach for three years.

Hamilton had no previous relationship with Kelley, who came recommended by Hamilton's agent, Michael Moye, and Rangers vice-president Chuck Morgan, whose son was at Alabama with Kelley. Daniels said Kelley will have duties with the rest of the team in addition to Hamilton.

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Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

"the bathroom story was on deadspin"

That's all you needed to say, if you think that particular piece was fact-riddled and in no way could it have been made up, there's the answer...Counselors of any kind wouldn't help you at this point.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

 personally believe that it should be paid out of Hamilton's salary
First of all they said that Shayne Kelley has other duties on the team beside being Hamilton's "sidekick".  Secondly, the Rangers also hired an interpreter for Darvish Yu, which I'm sure he doesn't pay for.  Patrick Ewing is Dwight Howard's personal coach and Kareem Abdul Jabbar was Andrew Bynum's personal coach.  Many, many teams in the various sports hire personnel that only work with one player on that team.  Why should the Ranger's treat Hamilton's addiction any different.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:24 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

enchanter24....you might want to think about going into the fictional writing business. That was a pretty good story you had there.

 

Thanks Jethro, I will take that under advisement. Are you a career counselor? 

and if people want to comment on something fine, but not to judge someone when you have no idea what is going on...there is a big difference there moron.

 

Wow, moron. Are you sure I am that high? I mean I could be Imbecile or maybe even an idiot. No, I think I am smarter than that, maybe borderline deficient?

 I do know this, Josh is an addmitted crackhead and alcoholic, who recently started drinking, and had more than "a couple of beers" with dinner. (Documented facts.)  I also know that he also fell off the wagon a couple of years ago, because it is documented fact.


Opinion time, he was a great story coming back from the depths, now  I do not feel this guy deserves sympathy from non family or friends. He has had his chances and appears hell bent on throwing it away.

As I have said in other posts, I hope his kids get away from this junkie ASAP.     

 

Step away from the action figures and get out of your mom's basement.

 

Well, I can say when I grow up, I want to be just like you!

 

  

BTW, the bathroom story was on Deadspin, because a moron couldn’t have written that!




Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:34 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

I personally believe that it should be paid out of Hamilton's salary, and feel it should be mandatory for HAmilton to go to AA meetings in order to work out why he relapsed. Everybody will have relapses at times with these types of illnesses but it should not be the team that pays the price, it should be the player.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:00 pm
 

Rangers hire a babby sitter for Josh Hamilton

Why do the Rangers have to pay for a baby sitter for Josh Hamilton? If that description sounds too harsh too bad. If Josh Hamilton screwed up then he should own up to it not by simply apologizing but by doing the right thing. How about donating your millions of dollars in this year's salary to charities that treat addictions like yours, Josh? Ooops, is that too much to ask of you? As for the Rangers hiring an assistant/baby sitter for Josh Hamilton...It is Hamilton who should be hiring and paying the guy not the Rangers. Apologies only go so far...and half the time the true meaning of the apology is only I'm sorry I got caught. Josh Hamilton is an addict and will always be one for life. Knowing that you are an addict Josh Hamilton you need to step up to the plate and accept the resonsibility for that financially and otherwise.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:35 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

enchanter24....you might want to think about going into the fictional writing

Maybe what enchanter said isn't true, but there is a story online that says the same things he said.  Yes, it was on deadspin.com but that doesn't make it a lie.   We'll find out soon enough if he's right or not.

But if it turns out enchanter is right and what he read is real then don't you dare tell anybody that slams Hamilton that it's not their place to do that.  You can't have it both ways...

So is it fiction or not?  If it is, stand by your comment and apologize if you're wrong.  If it's not, enchanter can admit he's wrong.... 



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

enchanter24....you might want to think about going into the fictional writing business.  That was a pretty good story you had there.

and if people want to comment on something fine, but not to judge someone when you have no idea what is going on...there is a big difference there moron.  Step away from the action figures and get out of your mom's basement.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

But, I can say that I do hate to see millionaire recidivist get their butts kissed, and have sympathy heaped all over them by  who don’t know them.

If folks want to show concern or say prayers for an athlete, I can only suggest they  someone who is more worthy. 

For example, Gary Carter, who has brain cancer.

 

I am sure you could think of other folks who are really in need.


Yeah.  I have to admit I'm getting a little sick of people so concerned over athletes that work hard to blow an opportunity so very few get.   It's one thing to forgive somebody or to cheer for a player on the field.  But to fall for everything he says makes me laugh out loud.

People actually believe Hamilton when he talks about how sorry he is, when in reality nobody knows if he's really sorry for what he did.

Josh Hamilton told the baseball world what the baseball world wanted to hear, that's all.   He only had one option, and that was to apologize and say all the right things.... so he did.  

Anybody who admires his "honesty" is a moron.  What did you expect him to say guys, "yeah I got drunk because I like drinking, f*** anybody that doesn't like it"?????

 



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:47 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

Go witch hunting often or is this a personal thing between you and Josh?



Ricky, No witch hunt, just expressing my opinions, like everyone else.





   

But, I can say that I do hate to see millionaire recidivist get their butts kissed, and have sympathy heaped all over them by people who don’t know them.

If folks want to show concern or say prayers for an athlete, I can only suggest they find someone who is more worthy. 

For example, Gary Carter, who has brain cancer.

 

I am sure you could think of other folks who are really in need.




Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

@ Enchanter24

Go witch hunting often or is this a personal thing between you and Josh? 


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