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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
 

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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Comments

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:01 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

I hope to God that is coming out of his pocket and not the Rangers. 
Since the Rangers have other duties for Kelley, I doubt Hamilton pays his salary.  Beside why should the player have to pay?  The team has hired an interpreter for Darvish; Patrick Ewing works primarily as Dwight Howard's instructor; Kareem worked primarily as Andrew Bynum's instructor.  This type of thing happens everywhere, all the time.  This is just a different type of assistance.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:37 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

First of all, I thinks its grat that Hamilton is willing to have someone hired to help him stay clean
Oh come on...He is only "willing" because he has no choice if he wants to keep playing and have any chance at a long term, big money, contract.  The Rangers were hiring somebody to do it whether Hamilton wanted them to or not.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:35 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

Call him what you want, "accountability coach" or "major league staff assistant" -- I call him a babysitter because that is his job, babysit Hamilton and make sure he doesnt go drinking or worse.


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Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:09 am
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Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:44 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

I hope to God that is coming out of his pocket and not the Rangers.  Why the hell should they pay for him because he can't stay clean.  Just because he can hit a baseball.  Unreal the rest of us with problems need to use whatever support system we can find because we don't make 15 million a year.



Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:37 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

dude can you at least get your facts straight. he had a problem with crack and with drinking



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:53 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

 First of all, I thinks its grat that Hamilton is willing to have someone hired to help him stay clean. The guy clearly has no problem taking responsibility for his actions. Most addicts ( I know Josh's problem is with alcohol) accept no responsibility for their actions, always have someone else to blame and make no efforts to get help and stay clean.
 Acehole Avenger, what does any of this have to do with Peyton Manning and the Redskins? What planet are you on dude?



Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:36 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

Orangemen90, might want to try some reading comprehension exercises.  His relapses had nothing to do with drugs, only alcohol...and not even that much alcohol.  I love how so many people feel the need to judge others without knowing all the information about a situation, as another poster said, our country is going downhill



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:08 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

well said love and compassion are no more its finger pointing the blame game our nation as a whole is in trouble



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:38 am
 

Report: Accountability partner hired for Hamilton

so a guy .. lets say he;s a drug user.. an addict... a guy that will not stop using drugs... his emplyer hirers a guy to watch him and take away his drugs.. so that he may go work is a building that was paid for by the taxpayers... maybe this guy needs another line of work or stay away until he can contol himself...


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