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Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 1:10 pm

Josh Hamilton is said to have been seeking a contract befitting a superstar before he went on his recent bender. Whether that means eight years, or $200 million, or something a bit south of that, he should put that idea out of his head right now.

Hamilton and the Rangers both said aloud that contract talks, which were expected to get going soon, will be tabled indefinitely while he and they try to figure out where he went wrong and how it happened. And that's perfectly appropriate. But even after he thinks he has it all figured out, Hamilton owes it to the team to offer to do a one-year deal with the Rangers. It can have team options if he likes, but only one year should be guaranteed under the circumstances.

Hamilton surely understands that if the Rangers don't give him a contract rewarding his incredible talent while ignoring the obvious major negative that someone else probably will. But Hamilton should also understand now he belongs in Texas and with the Rangers, who have guided him and backed him, and really, saved him. He owes them big. It is time he defers the dollars for some common sense.

The reality, of course, is that Hamilton or any other ballplaying millionaire making such a one-year proposal is probably about as likely as Texas seceding from the union. Still, it would be refreshing under the circumstances. It would also be the right thing to do.

Hamilton acknowledged he owed his wife and his team for what he has put them through, and here's his chance to show at least the team that that wasn't merely lip service. The Rangers saved him by trading for him and watching over him these past few years. They assigned Johnny Narron, a professional baseball man, to be his "accountability coach,'' and now, after Hamilton's own father-in-law Michael Dean Chadwick turned down the job, they have brought in Shayne Kelley, a former team chaplain and baseball coach with the Univeristy of Alabama, to handles duties that are far more difficult than most of us realize.

Hamilton performed masterfully at his press conference beyond his hat being on backwards, his failure to answer questions and his rather casual jog off stage. But one must ask themselves whether it is all or mostly an act. He looks like he's gotten off scot free, except for the delayed talks. What exactly are the repercussions? Rangers GM Jon Daniels has acknowledged that Hamilton is unlikely to face punishment from MLB for his episode, which included by his own admission "three or four''' alcoholic drinks before a return trip to the bar after promising concerned teammate Ian Kinsler he'd stay in the rest of the evening.

Hamilton acknoweldged that he, as an addict, is adept at fooling people about what's really going on. The whole back story of that night isn't known, nor is very much else known about his recovery. He is mandated, as a player who regained admission to MLB after being banned for continuing drug test failures, to take at least three drug tests a week. So at the very least, he has been staying off drugs. But this is the second alcoholic episode that's been documented.

It is time for him to give back to the team. Rangers officials say they passed on eight years for Fielder not to concentrate on Hamilton, that they just saw the price as too high and the length too long for Fielder. But Rangers owner Bob Simpson suggested it was unlikely they'd sign both longterm when he expressed his preference for Hamilton. That was merely one recent act of kindness the Rangers have shown Hamilton over the years. They have saved his career. Now, as he suggested in his press conference, it is time for him to repay.

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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 4:29 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Just a hypothetical question you guys see a bum on the streets begging for change the same way as you do Josh Hamilton? Do you express the same sympathy and adulation for them as you do for Josh? Do you give them the same kind of leniency as Josh? That's pretty much a rhetorical question because I wouldn't even expect anyone to answer that honestly. Just something to think about. Not necessarily to come down on Josh, but maybe to extend the next bum that asks you for change a little more grace than you typically would.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:57 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

He wil sign big somewhere.

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Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:41 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Since: Feb 9, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:33 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Jesus Christ, people.  He's an alcoholic.  I've battled that crap since the early 90's.  It's an on again/off again, love/hate relationship that always ends badly.  Rarely does an alcoholic go for years and years without some sort of setback.  He had 3-4 drinks.  OK, he messed up.  It's not like he went on a week-long Glenfiddich bender, wrecked a Ferrari, and burned his house down.  He needs to dust himself off, not beat himself up over this, and move forward.  The media sure as hell isn't helping with that.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:29 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Bengal, Josh Hamilton is not a loser.  He is a human being that made a mistake.  I agree about his issues not being a disease, it is a choice, but so is being a pompous idiot and making blamket statements like above.  From your above rant i can only assume that you have never made any misteps in life, and even if that was true you just made your first.  You are making statements to a persons character without ever meeting te person, that is uninformed decision and assumption, and means you have your own flaws to work on instead of tearing down someone else.  As for Josh, he needs to be accountable to himself and his family first, not the Rangers or the media, and certainly not you.  He didn't break any laws, heck he didn't even break any MLB rules, he made a decision that is not healthy for him and his family because of his past.  While if i run the Rangers this would concern me, Josh owes them nothing more than to be honest and play his butt off for the team.  It is up to the Rangers how much risk they are willing to take, and up to Josh to decide if he is strong enough to make good life decisions outside of the confines of the Rangers family.  I expect him to sign a 3 year deal worth 20mil per season, with several team options after that, and a ton of escape clauses to protect the team from any future bad decisions Josh may make.  Bengal please don't be so arrogant as to assume Josh is a loser bow because he struggled to make good decisions when he was young.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:17 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

so now his "few beers" is a full out bender ? who is counting the beer cans ? he didn't do drugs, he drank alcohol, which he was clean from for a few years. he relapsed into drinking a few years back and took pictures of it at some party.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:22 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I thought his addiction was crushed up oxy, not crack.  You guys sure he was a crack head.

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:36 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

but I can assure you he does not choose to be an addict and alcoholic.

Said it before, I, like most of the posters here, am not a heroin fiend or crackhead for one simple reason. I never tried it. It’s that simple.

Unless you have evidence that Josh was forced to drink alcohol as a youth or his life/well being were threatened, if he did not take that first suck of the crack pipe, then he made a choice, a horrible one at that. But he made the choice. If he was forced into substance abuse, I apologize.

 He has a problem that knaws at him every second of the day.

And with his money, he has two jobs, stay clean and play baseball. The rest of his life can be taken care of.
It's obvious he doesn't care about his family, as witnessed by his crack life, where he was away from them and recent alcohol relapses. 

Misplaced sympathy for him, IMO, but I have been posting for days, his daughters need to get away from this junkie. They deserve people's concern.

I'm sad for him and his family that he has struggled recently

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 10:48 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

"the Rangers, who have guided him and backed him, and really, saved him"

I would argue that the Tampa Rays did the same thing.  They stuck with him and got him help and backed him as long as they could and never got a thing in return for him.

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:45 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I drank 12 to 18 beers a day, every day for 15 years.  At age 40 I went to the doctors for an annual check-up and he told me I needed to stop drinking.  I bought 12 beers on the way home for a final drinking night and haven't had a drink in almost 10 years.  IT IS A CHOICE. I chose to drink myself into a stupor every night.  I choose not to drink at all now. Simple really. 

From The Baldwin Resarch Institute:
"History and science have shown us that the existence of the disease of alcoholism is pure speculation. Just saying alcoholism is a disease, doesn't make it true. Nevertheless, medical professionals and American culture enthusiastically embraced the disease concept and quickly applied it to every possible behavior from alcohol abuse to compulsive lecturing and nail biting. The disease concept was a panacea for many failing medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies, adding billions of dollars to the industry and leading to a prompt evolution of pop-psychology. Research has shown that alcoholism is a choice, not a disease, and stripping alcohol abusers of their choice, by applying the disease concept, is a threat to the health of the individual."

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