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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: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:19 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Bengal Lifer- Are you 11 years old? I'm going to go out on a limb and guess you have very few friends. I'm surprised you can get power to run your computer in that cave that you've been living in your entire life. To say that alchoholism or addiction is not a diesase is the most ignorant comment I've read on here in a while. I'm not defending Mr. Hamilton for his relapses, but I can assure you he does not choose to be an addict and alcoholic. No one wants to lead that miserable of a life. He has a problem that knaws at him every second of the day. For him to do as well as he has is no small accomplishment. I'm sad for him and his family that he has struggled recently, but I hope he is strong enough to start over and continue his the good fight ignoring jackasses like you along the way.

Who let you out of your hole?

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:59 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I'm amazed how the media has jumped all over this non-story.  The guy has a personal battle with substance / alcohol abuse, and he goes out and has a few drinks, and now he's freaking Demi Moore or Lindsay Lohan?  From what I have read and heard, I think he is being hard enough on himself without the help of the media.  What they are doing to him would be more reason to drink than anything else!  These sick sports media types must hope he continues to be the story.  Why else would they crucify this guy for something the rest of us can do any given night with absolutely no repercussions?  
Lighten up on this kid and let him deal with his problem.  He doesn't need your help! 

it isn't a non-story -- he is one year removed from being named the AL MVP.  he is an admitted alcoholic and CRACKHEAD (i capitalize that because that is the most serious part of it all).

with him falling off the wagon, it leads to other problems, i.e. drugs, etc. -- which is why he made it a point in the news conference to say he did not do any drugs after drinking.  when a team like the texas rangers are looking to pay a player like a superstar -- the LAST thing you want to worry about is the fact he doesn't have his personal demons under control.

so while you say it is a non-issue -- fact is, how can the rangers possibly hand out a long term deal to a guy who could easily fall off the wagon, like he just did.  the reason this is a story isn't the media, it is a story because he is a MLB superstar.  so you can blame the media, but they are only reporting about the players people want to read about.  if it was the bullpen catcher of the texas rangers making next to nothing -- the media could care less, and same goes for rangers fans.  it isn't though -- it is josh hamilton.
Mike D - don't put words in my mouth.   A "non-story" is considerably different than a "non-issue".  I'm simply stating that this entire story is not worthy of all attention the media is giving it.  I mentioned absolutely nothing about a contract.  My response was more about laying off of this guy and giving him a break.  The media is way to involved in piling in on a human when they make a mistake.  This guy needs encouragement and help. Judging him and openly ridiculing a guy for making a small mis-step in his life is absolutely ludicrous and the media should be embarrassed for their behavior.  

On the contract side of things - I do think it would be smart for both sides to have a series of one-year deals.  Josh will make very good money, and there is an advantage of being a free agent every year, because the ball is in his court and he will have control over his life and potential earnings.  If I had the option to work a 1-year contract based on my performance and/or off-the-clock behavior, I would look at that as a great opportunity to get ahead.  Sure, a long-term deal woud be nice, but 1-year deals may just be what keeps this guy in line.  

Either way, we should wish him well and not tear the man down.   

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:50 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Anyone who supports Hamilton on this board is either a Rangers fan or an abuser of drugs and/or alcohol themselves . Human garbage !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:48 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

The Rangers did not trade for Josh Hamilton so they could rehabilitate him from his drug and alcohol use.  They brought him on the team because, if healthy and sober, he  could pay huge dividends.  The dude has had two drinking sessions in 4 years, while many MLB players have two drinking sessions per week, nothing wrong with that.  This stupid article is making it seem as though Hamilton has destroyed the Rangers image.  If you think that Josh may only sign a one-year contract because he drank once in the past year, than shouldn't teams hold all their players to the same standard? Do you think Miggy Cabrera would only fetch a one year contract if he hit the FA market today? Surely Miggy has done more damage to his team by his reckless behavior than Hamilton. Yet no team would lessen their offer to him because of it.. I Guarantee he would make more than Fielder, per year, even with his DUI and other incidents in the past.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:45 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I don't care if you are Josh Hamilton , Steve Jobs or Warren Buffett , if you use and abuse drugs and alcohol YOU ARE A LOSER  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    It is not a disease, it is a choice !!!!!!  Don't make excuses for your failure to control yourself , your a weak pathetic person if need and abuse  illegal drugs and alcohol . End of story !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 6:52 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Don't worry be happy. He's a alcholic and will allways sneak a drink. If he falls off the wagon pick him up and start again. He' make it.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 9, 2012 3:02 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I've read a few articles about this, but I've not heard anything to the effect that he broke a rule or violated any real trust.  

Here's a rule for life:  If someone must have something, but can't have it, he'll experience some insanity.  That's the nature and result of compulsions.  Rehab programs that prevent a person from having something that they are compelled to have, AND DON'T FULLY AND ACTUALLY HELP THAT PERSON BE RID OF THE COMPULSION, will result in that person living a life of quiet or loud insanity.  When dealing with a compulsion, a person can either act out on it, or live a life of quiet desperation resulting in slow mental degradation.  

So, fine, he still has that compulsion.  He messed up in the past.  He said he'd do his best to not mess up again.  And he hasn't.  He drank, and didn't mess up.  Should he drink with any kind of regularity?  No.  Should he impose a rule upon himself to never ever under any circumstances drink?  No.  He MUST find a way to get rid of the compulsion.  And there is a way.  I hope he finds it.   

Since: Nov 2, 2010
Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:28 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I appreciate your opinion, but what player in their right mind is going to sign a one year contract and not set his family up for the rest of their lives.  Josh Hamilton has played like a superstar.  He is a humbled star and is a perfect fit for the Texas Rangers organization.  The Rangers just paid over 100 million for a starting pitcher from Japan.  Open up the checkbook, protect the club in case of another episode by implementing clauses in the contract that will void the deal if something major does occur (and no it isn't several alcoholic beverages) and leave the man alone.    This player does not have to answer to the media.   I don't see anyone following Prince Fielder around and seeing how much food he's eating.  The Tigers have more to worry about than the Rangers. 

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:20 am

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

The Texas Rangers should trade Hamilton to the Red Sox. I understand they have an open bar; it's a perfect fit.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:40 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

One bad night of alcohol doesn't mean Hamilton had a full-blown relapse, nor does it mean he is going to hit the crack pipe again.  It just means he had one bad night.  It's really sad that so many fans expect addicts to be perfect, while excusing far worse behavior in those not perceived to be addicts.  
Hamilton is a star.  He has people telling him he has odorless feces on a daily basis.  Sooner or later, it's hard not to "mark out" on one's own hype, and think he can do whatever he wants.  Sometimes, "addicts" find that they are able to drink in moderation after they interrupt their pattern for awhile.  The fllp side of this is that true addicts find out that they can't.  But most of them try to find out every few years anyway.  

Hamilton will be fine.  If they are paying him in the millions, paying someone 50-100K to babysit him is a pretty good investment.  I agree that a one year contract would be a smart move, because this year's one-nighter has diminished his market value.   If he has a great year again, he will be worth more next year than he is right now.  

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