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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: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:14 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Agree with Hamilton.   The worst thing any employee can do is think that they owe their employe anything outside doing theor job to the best of their ability.

Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:03 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Hamilton is right, he doesn't owe the Rangers anything. They would not hesitate to trade him, not re-sign him, or even cut him if it was in their best interest. Too many people fall in love with the team's owners when they provide a good team. These owners make ridiculous profits at the expense of their city and their fans. Ridiculous concession prices, high ticket prices, and then on top of that they hold their citie's hostage when they want a new ball park. Loyalty to these teams only feeds their greed instead of showing loyalty to their city, its fans, and certainly not to their players.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:59 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Cocaine is one hell of a drug!

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:47 am

Loyalty works both ways

If someone is mad about this comment they are just foolish.  Loyalty works both ways and it left professional sports about 15 years ago.  If Hamilton goes out this year and hits 50 homeruns but in the final week tears his knee completely up sliding into home, I guarantee he won't be offered a contract, at least not anywhere to what he is currently worth.  There is no loyalty from teams and therefore you always here the players say, "this is a business" and hence go with the highest bidder come free agency.

Now, should these players be making 15 times more than the President, in my opinion, hell no.   Should the owners be charging $30/ticket and then asking the city to pay for their stadium, in my opinion, hell no.  The team has no loyalty to the city, a la Bud Adams and the Houston Oilers as one example.  So what makes you think they will have loyalty to a player and visa versa.  


Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:38 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

might be well said, but he still should have said nothing and just hit baseballs, PERIOD!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:34 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

True. All they owe him is a paycheck. I am a UPS driver and all they owe me is a paycheck as well. His job is no diffrent than mine. He makes much more than I do though. The Rangers and baseball is a bussiness just like UPS. When he gets older and can't produce at a high level , they will cut him and let him be on his way.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:31 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

The irony of it all is that the article about Hamilton and his comments appeared right above the article about how Gary Carter's family and friends honored him at his memorial service.

Josh Hamilton can hit the ball with any of the greats in the game today.  He's an athlete's athlete, but comments like those he made about him not owing the Texas Rangers anything proves that he will NEVER be a Gary Carter.  If you look at the ballplayers who have retired over the past 10 years, guys like Canseco, McGwire, Juan Gonzales, Sammy Sosa, and soon Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, I seriously doubt that most (if not all) will make it into the Hall of Fame.

The writers also consider character when looking at overall careers, and these guys didn't have any.  So to be considered, you'd better put up some ungodly numbers, or the only way you're going to get in is buying a ticket.

Hamilton will be one of those guys someday as well.

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:20 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

He's right.  He doesn't owe the Rangers.  Baseball is a business.  It is a business full of spoiled brats and overpaid crybabies from the Commissioner and owners all the way down to the players.  The only people that any of them truly owe are the fans.  Without the fans their multi - million dollar profits and salaries would disappear and baseball would get back to the game that it was created as and was always supposed to be.  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:15 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

It is not that what he said isn't true, it is that it isn't necessary to say it. He knows it to be true, the Rangers know it, the fans know it. However, even in today's era of money driven sports, fans like to hold out hope that somebody has a sense of loyalty to them. Why ruin that a year ahead of schedule?

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:45 am

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I think Josh hit the nail on the head " what people dont understand is that this is a business" . Yes it is. Back in the day you were made to believe that players gave a hoot about the teams they played for. That winning for themselves was just as important as the fans of these players and teams. Today you can go to an NFL game or the NBA and witness the love fest that happens before and after each contest. Just as long as nobody got hurt and we all get paid winning takes a backseat.

Owners cant help themselves by signing players to these fat contracts knowing that in the end the fans will pay a hefty portion of that contract with outrageous ticket prices and $9 dollar beers. The days of players signing an autograph or taking a picture with a kid seems to be a major burden for these guys. In the end the blame lies with us the fans as long as we are willing to lay down $100 a ticket and pack stadiums we will continue to get what we get while both the players and qwners are laughing all the way to the bank.

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