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Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:35 pm
Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans

After his most recent relapse, the Rangers put their extension talks with Josh Hamilton on hold. Despite the way the Rangers have supported Hamilton through two public relapses, the former MVP said he doesn't feel like he owes the team and doesn't expect an extension before the end of the season, when he can become a free agent.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Hamilton had this to say (via the Fort Worth Star-Tribune):
"The Rangers have done a lot for me, but I've got a question for ya'll: Have I done a lot for the Rangers?" Hamilton said. "I think I've given them everything I've had, and I don't think anybody can say I haven't. When it comes down to it, what people don't understand, is this is a business.

"I love Texas, I love my fans, I love the fans of the Rangers, I love the organization, I love my teammates, I love everything about it. But I'm not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers, because I don't feel like I owe the Rangers."
I have a good friend who is a Rangers fan and she's not happy with the comments, and I can see how Rangers fans would feel that way. On the other hand, he's been paid to do a job and he's done it. If the Rangers weren't happy with him or his ability to do it, they don't have to offer Hamilton a contract after the season -- I'm pretty sure someone else will. That's the beauty of the free market.

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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:22 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Hey "theman", spare me the whole "Rangers fans stuck with him in spite of his addiction and supported him and bla bla bla..." Rangers fans cheered for their team, and cheered for its best player. That's what every group of fans does for their team. They filled the seats because the team was winning, and they cheered for Hamilton because he was hitting home runs. If the Rangers were in 4th place and Hamilton had been batting .230 Rangers fans would have cared a lot less about him and his rehab. And I bet they would have been fine with him drinking if he was winning another MVP. Nobody owes anybody anything here, and Hamilton certainly doesn't owes Rangers fans - he's given them much more than they've given him.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:16 pm
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Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:11 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Hamilton has done his part for the rangers but he doesnt have to go about saying it in a rude manner. He is a good player but gets hurt too often. He is getting up there in age and probably is asking for alot of money next year. I would not give him that much money knowing that he will be 33 or 34 by then and will only regress. Also he might get injured more often so whomever spends on this guy is going to regret it just like peyton. when they paid manning all that money i was like WTF?!?!?! the guy is 35. how in the hell is he going to help his team for 5 years? He got hurt and missed all season. Cmon a little common sense. Rangers, let Hamilton go and let some dumbass manager spend all that money on him. If he was 27 maybe but he is not. Have some common sense just let him go. they probably paid Manning all that money bc of his loyalty to the colts but just like Hamilton says. "business is business". C-YA dont let the door hit you on your way out bro, and watch your drinking dont drink too many of them.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:05 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

He won an MVP, he led them to the Series for their fiste taste of near greatness.
He owes them zero.
The going rate for MVP talent is millions. He delivered.
Time to move... if they don't want him.
Look, Michael Young moaned and whined too,
but face it, he's an all around infielder,
and a smoking basehitter.
hamilton derailed his career, got on track, delivered, slightly relapsed,
and might have to move.  Aaaah....Baseball..what a cruel business.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:00 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Its hilarious that the uppity Rangers fans feel he actually owes them something. Sure, after that major relapse a few years ago, Texas took a chance on him. He was paid pretty well for a player with so many issues. At that point, he owed the Rangers a lot. Since then, hes been an MVP and helped get his team to the World Series 2 times. I'd say the debt has been paid, I mean, for what he's been paid he's been a relative bargain, players have been paid far more and produced far less.

Let me ask the people who are all mad about what Hamilton said this question: Lets pretend he never said this, what do you think he should do? Does he have to prove himself all over again? Should he get payed below market value? Do you even want him on your team or were you hoping he would get dropped or traded?

I mean, come on! He's earned his pay and then some. He hasn't brought his issues on field, hes been a class act, he hasnt been perfect but what player is? Yea he might have had a few drinks this offseason but it was a relatively minor issue that was caught early, its not like he got tanked, beat up a hooker and crashed a car into some school children.

Now, im not saying the Rangers should have broken the bank by signing him to a big extension but they shouldnt act like he owes them, because he really doesnt. Any number of teams would absolutely love to sign him, and now its sounding like they might get that chance.

If he was just some crappy player that Texas took a chance on and he never performed well but the Rangers stuck with him, then yea, he would owe them, but hes been arguably the best player on that team for most of the past few years.

As a Toronto fan, I know when a player actually owes a team. Look at Jose Bautista, he was a nobody but Toronto took a chance with him and helped him become who he is right now. Without the team taking him on, he would just be mishandled crappy Pirates player. I think thats why he signed at the price he did, even though if he was a free agent right now, he would easily get $20+ Million a season.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:59 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

He doesn't owe anyone anything. He has earned his money. He won an MVP, was a huge part of back to back World Series runs. If Feliz could have held the lead in the bottom of the 10th Hamitlon's home run was the world series winner. You need to check your facts before spouting off about Hamilton. I agree the comments can sound like he is taking a shot atthe Rangers, but at the end of the day he doesn't owe them a thing and they don't him anything. They should try and resign him, when he is healthy he is a top 10 player, and those are hard to find.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:53 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Let face it..75% of MLB baseball players get drunk more in a week that Hamilton does in a year..Hamilton can`t hide his drinking bouts like the players that have not been busted.

Excellent point and oh so true.
This was the first thing that went thru my mind when I heard he had a relapse. He's a stand up guy and still one of the best players in the game.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:49 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Thats the problem with America, not the fact that he or the business owe anything.  The feeling of living with honor or being loyal.  In Hamilton cases,  does anyone real need to hear his feeling about who owes what.  He has personal issues, and the majority of  Ranger Fans, (this is big),  have looked past his Addiction problems and supported him during those times, by filling the stadium and pulling for him to do well.   Yet,  he gets upset with the attention and question of owing something.   This was a true opportunity for Hamilton, he either could have thanked his fans and add nothing more.  Or recognized that being loyal,(it should be an honor to be loyal) to a business/Rangers/fans  for sticking  with him and providing for his family during trying times, and recognizing that he in provided  excitement for the Texas Fans and moved  forward with a clean life.    Eventually his playing days will be over, the business and fans will not want his service anymore, but I would like to think he recognizes that his skill, the business and sports fans provide for the comfortable life style he has, and many of those middle class fans will still be working and worried about bills.  

Being loyal does not mean he takes less money for a contract,  its just recognizing that special things happen with your time at a particular place or time in your life!!!!!      

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:45 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Josh Hamilton owes the Rangers one more year of service per his signed contract..that is all he owes the Rangers.  If the Rangers want to keep him they can offer him an extension..if they don`t the Rangers can let him become an UFA.  It is totally up to the Rangers on what they want to do.

Let face it..75% of MLB baseball players get drunk more in a week that Hamilton does in a year..Hamilton can`t hide his drinking bouts like the players that have not been busted.

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:43 pm

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

So you do owe the Rangers anything right! And they don't owe you anything righr!  you making at ton of money and to keep you from drinking  what doses the team do the PAY for a man to  a babbysitter for  you. You should be paying your sitter yourself. Yes its time for you to move on and let someother team pay for  your sitter. Rangers just trade him now.

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