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Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:35 pm
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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: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Welllll, he sort of does owe the Rangers... a re-imbursement for the full-time Accountability Partner at least

You're wrong.  The accountability partner you're talking about was the organization's idea, it was something they did to try and help protect their investment.  Hamilton didn't ask for that in his contract, that was something the team put in place.   The problem in MLB is guaranteed contracts, but as long as the CBA says all contracts are guaranteed then too bad so sad for the owners.  If there is a clause in the CBA that says they can cut Hamilton then cut him.  If not, once again, it is what it is...

I really was dissappointed when the Rangers let C.J. Wilson walk so they could sign Yu Darvish. But now I see the upside of this and I realize they likely made the right choice for the success of the Rangers. So yeah, Hamilton could be in the same situation as C. J. and I accept that he owes nothing to the Rangers, in principle.

How do you see the upside of letting C.J go for Darvish?  He hasn't even thrown a pitch to a major league hitter yet.  We know for sure C.J's era was right at a very nice 3 or just below the last 2 seasons, I believe his only 2 full seasons as a starter.  We know C.J did this in a hitters park where, especially in the summer when balls fly out of there at a rapid pace.  What we don't know is how Darvish is going to do against real competition.  Yes, Nolan Ryan was a great pitcher and he's a good manager, but it's half retarded to think that he KNOWS Darvish is going to do well.  I like the Rangers, and if they aren't playing the Tigers I cheer for them against teams like the Bosox and Yankees that I don't like at all.  But once again I can't stress enough the Rangers took a huge risk signing Darvish over C.J... we'll see how it pans out.



 



Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:51 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I like Josh Hamilton as a person and a player.  I think what has done on the baseball field and off of the field earns him a great amount of respect as an athlete and as a person.  That being said.  Sometimes, "Silence is Golden."  He should just let his skills and his FAITH do he talking with respect to his future in baseball and life.



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Welllll, he sort of does owe the Rangers... a re-imbursement for the full-time Accountability Partner at least. I agree that a responsible player owes nothing to an organization or its fans because it is a business. and even though a team often keeps a player past his prime at a low price-performance ratio as a reward for past services, still, a short-term player will often be let go when the team has better options.

I'm glad that Josh Hamilton said what he said. For me personally, it will make it easier if the Rangers let him walk this off-season. Leonys Martin should be about ready by then so it will probably be a good move for the team financially, if not endurance-wise.

I really was dissappointed when the Rangers let C.J. Wilson walk so they could sign Yu Darvish. But now I see the upside of this and I realize they likely made the right choice for the success of the Rangers. So yeah, Hamilton could be in the same situation as C. J. and I accept that he owes nothing to the Rangers, in principle.

But his having put words to what is by-and-large understood... well, I now see him as just another asset.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

MLB is,in the final analysis, a business.So, I guess it's technically true that Josh Hamilton doesn't owe the Rangers anything beyond playing hard & staying sober during the final year of his contract with them.However, when you consider his troubled past(including another incident very recently) it's pretty obvious that Texas took a big chance when they acquired him & agreed to pay him the very large amount of money he's currently making. That being the case, Josh Hamilton's statement that he doesn't owe the Rangers anything wasn't a very smart move. It certainly does nothing to improve his image. Apparently Hamilton learned about speaking to reporters at the John Rocker school of public relations.




Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:01 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

He's right, he owes the TB Rays big time, he should repay every cent the Ray's paid him.



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:48 am
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Whoever, outside of another ignorant media person, ever said Hamilton owed the Rangers anything?  Let's face it, about 90% of today's ball players are overpaid.  There is no cap so they are not interested in league balance or anything to that nature and only interested in themselves.  That fact is clear and has been for many years.  So, why would any player or fan or even owner for that matter (GM too) think a player or vice versa, owed anything to a team or city?  That thought is absurd.  A more accurate statement is which takes the most risk?  The answer to that is clearly the ball club and the organization.  Thanks for pointing out that this is a business Hamilton.  Tell us something we don't know ok?  I think the team is smart waiting until at least the end of the year to decide Hamilton's future.  Why commit to a player when he is already under contract this year?  He could have a bad year, get traded for better talent or prospects, and at the end of the year, good or bad, the decision is still the same whether to re-sign him or not.  Just play ball Josh, put your money where your mouth and talent is.  Time for a player to assume the risk since he has been rewarded already for what he has done so far.  The nature of the business folks.



Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:42 am
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

He's absolutely right. I can't believe people are upset about this. He doesn't owe the Rangers a thing. He has been paid handsomely, and, in turn, he has performed. The Rangers would not be the same team without him. He has performed up to his contract. So why would he owe them anything? Some might say, "They took a chance on him." BS. The guy had talent. Someone was going to give him a chance. It just so happened to be the Rangers. 


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Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:29 am
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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:55 am
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I agree with Hamilton. The Rangers knew the risk when they signed him. He gives 110% all the time on the field and is a wonderful ambassador for the Rangers and MLB. The fans and kids love him, and still do, maybe even more so because he had a slight relapse and owned up to it immediately and manned up. He committed no crime against society or to MLB or the Rangers. Last time I checked, the 18th amendment was still repealed. Life got the better of him 1 day and he's human. He handled it with class and humility. He can be on my team any day. WTG Josh!



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:22 am
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

The natural,
I think you have it slightly off, character is only a slight consideration.  Integrity is a huge consideration.  Hamilton's past is nothing to overlook but it is a polar opposite, in baseball morals, to McGwire, Sosa, etc. 

Hamilton hurt himself through bad personal decisions and substance abuse.   Bonds, McGwire, Sosa and company hurt baseball through cheating the game.



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