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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: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 12:22 am
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Ah, Josh, when you say you don't owe the Rangers, does that mean you going to play for free?  Because, in a "real world" the people who pay your paycheck, well yeah you kind of owe them. When healthy, you are one of the elite American League players. When your healthy...Lets face it, your as only as good as your last season.  And lets not mince words, last year was not the year the Rangers were paying you for.  So lets say you shut your face and go out and perform what the Rangers are paying you for, THAT YOU DO OWE THE RANGERS...



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:43 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

 Josh, I believe if you were to sit and talk with the fans you'd realize no, this isn't just a business. There is something more here. For one thing you're get paid a huge chunk of money for playing a game. At least a fair sized portion of that contract is paid by fans who come to games and buy over priced beer and ice cream at the ballpark. But, they do so, in part again, because Josh Hamilton, when he's on the straight and narrow, is a fun ballplayer to watch. And, he's generally a pretty class act in how he interacts with the fans.

This comment "what people don't understand ..." I really think this is the time for you to wake up, realize the tremendous talents you were born with, the tremendous opportunity you have to play major league baseball, and the tremendous position you are in to say to the fans of Texas, "this may be a business, but you supported me and gave me this chance to show what I can do, I would love to play for the Texas Rangers and hope we can work out a deal so I can stay a Ranger for the remainder of my career."

Really Josh, I get tired of you ballplayers saying this is just a business.

Tired indeed, because you're wrong.


It's their job. Job=Business. It may not be a business to you but to the players that's exactly what it is. Do you think Josh Hamilton owes the Rangers anything?  
  



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:39 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

One more point Josh, if baseball was "just a business" the Rangers, Pirates, Padres, "Natinals" and a lot of other teams would have went out of business a long time ago.



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Josh, I believe if you were to sit and talk with the fans you'd realize no, this isn't just a business. There is something more here. For one thing you're get paid a huge chunk of money for playing a game. At least a fair sized portion of that contract is paid by fans who come to games and buy over priced beer and ice cream at the ballpark. But, they do so, in part again, because Josh Hamilton, when he's on the straight and narrow, is a fun ballplayer to watch. And, he's generally a pretty class act in how he interacts with the fans.

This comment "what people don't understand ..." I really think this is the time for you to wake up, realize the tremendous talents you were born with, the tremendous opportunity you have to play major league baseball, and the tremendous position you are in to say to the fans of Texas, "this may be a business, but you supported me and gave me this chance to show what I can do, I would love to play for the Texas Rangers and hope we can work out a deal so I can stay a Ranger for the remainder of my career."

Really Josh, I get tired of you ballplayers saying this is just a business.

Tired indeed, because you're wrong.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:07 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

but you know what? have a little humility. thats what we hate about today's spoiled athlete. come on! the Rangers have supported him through so much and not only that but let's get real, if it wasn't for baseball and the Rangers what would Hamilton be doing? how much would he earn? 50-60k a year doing who knows what? That's what turns me off to sports today, this attitude. It's a ? Well maybe MLB shuld have suspended you for life after one of your relases just because "it's a business"

First of all the Rangers supported Hamilton because they had no choice, they've invested big money into Hamilton and aren't done investing quite yet.  MLB contracts are guaranteed contracts, just because somebody has a drug or alcohol problem and relapses doesn't give anybody the right to void his deal.  There is a CBA in place and a union as well that would never let that happen. I'll say it again, the Rangers don't give a rat's ass about anybody's drug problems.... just the people they are forced to write checks to.

What would Hamilton be doing if he didn't play for the Rangers?  He would have played somewhere else.... don't kid yourself, the Rangers aren't MLB....  If they could buy Hamilton out right now there would be teams in a bidding war battling for Hamilton's services.

 



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

All I read into this is Hamilton has succumbed to drugs. This is the epitomy of a drug addict who's back in denial. He not only owes the Rangers and the fans, he owes his family as well: that is, ALL of the people who have stuck by him and gave him the chance to hang around. In life, there are privileges that should not be taken for granted. With this kind of attitude I hope baseball kicks his ass to the curb. He doesn't deserve to be suiting up and being a role model to kids who have high hopes and dreams of being a major league ball player. I guess he doesn't realize that just like driving is a priviledge, so is being hired as a professional athelete. Ok, so he played his ass off for his team. So what? Isn't that exactly what his teammates have done....while staying off the damn drugs?  God bless him if he thinks otherwise. Maybe he can look up to Darryl Strawberry for some inspiration...in the gutter.






Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

I'm sorry I don't have the URL for the story, but I did read it about 2 weeks ago. I searched for it but could not find it. I would not make the story up, I have better things to do than make stories up. Anyways, my two cents.  




Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Ah thanks for clarifying canes. Do you have a source for that? It doesnt make sense that they wouldnt include that vital piece of information in this article.



Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

hamilton doesn't owe the rangers.  but he didn't need to say it.
he owes MLB and teams like the tampa bay devil rays, chicago cubs and especially the cincinnati reds,
for even showing interest, and giving him the opportunity to redeem himself and make 13 million per year (2012) !

june 1999 - drafted #1 by tampa bay
june 1999 thru 2005 - crack, alcohol and about 250 minor-league games.
december 2006 - acquired by chicago in rule 5 draft
december 2006 - purchased by cincinnati from chicago
december 2007 - traded by cincinnati to texas

wish him well, as most that know him say he's a wonderful guy,
and hope he can avoid a relapse in the future.





Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:00 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

The difference on this one gvs is that the Detroit Tigers have not come out said that Miggy owes them for saving him from his drunkeness. Maybe you missed the article where the Rangers said that Hamilton should stay because he owes them. It's complete crap. I don't see Hamilton as being a selfish athlete in this stance. He is not being Chris Johnson who says the organization owes him and should pay him. Hamilton was simply responding to what was said about him. He is not saying the Rangers should pay him more money, he is simply saying he payed his dues already and does not owe the organization anything for keeping him out of trouble. If anything, I say Hamilton helped himself after he was given a second chance. If someone says, I will help you get better, but you will owe me for the rest of your life, how would handle the situation?


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