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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: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:10 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Arinze, I agree that drinking problems are more dynamic  than most people are led to believe. They also come in varying degrees (contrary to public belief). I have nothing against 12 step programs or the people that enter them, but I do believe the cookie cutter/one size fits all model that a lot of people follow has become outdated.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:35 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Didn't bother to read the garbage message above.  Quite frankly any columnist that believes that a guy OWES IT to a team because he relapsed by DRINKING shouldn't be writing for the local school paper let alone CBS.  The guy has been a stud and it seems he knows he slipped up but realistically all this AA and rehab stuff is garbage anyway.  One truly knows that they have overcome something when they can take that sip and not want more.  Going cold turkey and just not doing it at all is basically accepting the fact that you are in fact not over it and it will take control if you do...that to me just doesn't sound like you've fixed the problem, just kinda burried it.  Let the guy freaking have a drink, it's not like he's snorting lines in the clubhouse.  If he can learn to control it....he's cured.  

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:10 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Heyman, if anyone reads your stuff it is because they are bored not that you are controversial. Read that again you are not controversial , you don't sell papers, the Sunday Ads and comics may but not you. The man had a few beers and I don't care what kind of rehab he has went through because he has not been arrested. If they even tested sportswriters for alcohol there would be none of them around. Folks you want to see depressing go to a hotel bar close to the airport after work at one A.M. and see these guys in action. Hamilton does not owe the Rangers a thing, Yet Heyman you made your point because I did comment on your article.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:07 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Entitlement issue sports writers.  What is really going on here is that Jon Heyman wants an apology.  He is just using the Rangers as a metaphor for his need to have Josh Hamilton apologize to him.  You are a third party Jon, stop trying to push your entitlement issue on the innocent sport writing viewers.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:06 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Hamilton gift wrapped the World Series with his 2 run shot in extra innings.  The Rangers owe him for running crummy pitchers out on the mound to blow it!  The author of this article is a joke.  Get over yourself!

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:39 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Agree with 98% of the posters, Hamilton doesn't owe the Rangers anything. I think the author of this article owes Hamilton an apology.
Sure he had a small setback, but it wasn't anything illegal. He has been working for a fraction of his market value for several years now. He didn't get  a DUI, he wasn't using cocaine, and he wasn't nailing a 19 year old coed in a bathroom stall, so he owes NOBODY anything other than perhaps his family and friends.

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 7:19 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Who cares?  if the Rangers are smart they let him walk rather than come up with even 15 per year.  Here's a guy with drug and alcohol problems who is averageing about 125 games a year during his "prime."  Why would anyone roll the dice long term with this guy, who at best will average 110-115 games a year, the next 5-6 years? Could he play more? Sure.  Could he wash out of the game, yep.  So I figure 110 is probably just about right.  Hey, if you can get him for the right price sure, but paying thinking you are going to see 150 game seasons is foolish.  Come to think of it 15 a year will wind up being too much.  With that being said Hamilton should go for whatever he wants...pick TX for the opportunity they gave him or go elsewhere and try and get big money.  The only thing he should care about is what team will give him the best chance to stay clean and sober because long term that is the only thing that will matter.  Lets see if a 31 year old who needs a full time babysitter will make the smart choice.

Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:32 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Hamilton doesn't owe the Rangers anything.  They backed him becasue he had potential, not because they are nice people (they might be).  He paid them back by playing great baseball for the last 4 years.  He should go get the best contract available if that is what he wants to do.  He has already paid millions for his issues and will pay more for this regression.  The price he pays will be factored into the contract he signs. 

Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:07 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I think Hamilton has gone out of his way to be a model citizen. Im sure he regrets having a few beers but whats done is done. The Rangers didnt find him drunk sitting in his locker or shooting herion in the parking lot. They have the option of offering him a long term deal or if they feel his issues are not worth dealing with they can take a pass. If they take a pass Hamilton can shop his services to another team he owes the Rangers nothing.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:04 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Hamilton does not owe the Rangers a darn thing. He admitted to his relapse and apologized and is seeking the help he needs. That is way more then most people would do in that situatioin. If anything the Rangers should apologize to Hamilton for screwing up your MVP's 2 run HR in the top of the 10th inning in Game 6 of the World Series. I don't know what more you can expect of your superstar to do in the biggest game and at bat of his career. But nope your bullpen has to go and ruin it and lose the Rangers their first World Series title in franchise history.

Josh Hamilton is a major reason why the Rangers are not a laughing stock like they have been in the recent past. This was a stupid article. Hamilton plays his tail off for the Rangers and his stats prove that. I would love to have him on my team. All the drug history and all this guy flat out can play and is righting his wrongs in the past. 

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