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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: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:00 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

What a ridiculous article!  I am sorry but to say that Hamilton "owes" the Rangers anything is ridiculous.  It is in fact the other way around.  He has helped if not carried them to two World Series apparences and also won a MVP award.  Doing it under contract lengths and $$'s that others would balk at.  He has earned every penny and deserves more.  He has paid for his past actions and is working on his future actions.  He doesn't owe anyone anything.

Since: Jan 27, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:59 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Josh Hamilton doesn't owe the Rangers anything. As anyone familiar with rehab knows, relapses are part of the process. That's why they are referred to as "recovering alcoholics." Texas knew what they were getting when the traded for him. And what they've gotten is a lot. How many World Series have the Rangers been to without Josh? Back in the 50's there was a young player that never admitted to alcoholism, but celebrated it. His name was Mickey Mantle. Before his death, he admitted to the abilities he surrendered to the party lifestyle. But did the Yankees ever consider getting rid of him? No. The fans would have gone berserk. And consider how good Babe Ruth would have been if had been sober. If Josh isn't producing the Rangers will get rid of him, but until then he's really only hurting himself and his family. The Rangers know this is a business and until it doesn't make business sense, they will hang on to him.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:45 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Oh goody goody, another John Heyman snorefest.  THis from the turd who tossed Hamilton under the bus for being human. Hamilton owes the Rangers nothing other than continuing to be a first rate citizen and ball player. He didn't commit any crime, he just had a few drinks and broke a vow  to stay sober. What do you owe CBS St. Heyman, oh Mr. Perfect. How about you get a real life and make an honest living. You're no journalist.

Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:22 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Hamilton is welcome to have a couple beers, hell.. He can drink a whole bottle of Johnny Walker.. Thats of no concern to the public or to the Rangers organization. When he gets a DUI, or has an altercation when under the influence is a concern for the "Team" but as far as him having to "Repay the Rangers" is just as dumb as the person that wrote this article. Lets leave his personal issues to the side when saying what we think he owes the Rangers this season.



Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:16 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I do agree with some of the folks posting here, he does not owe the Rangers anything.

He has played very well for them, put up better stats then Jeter or A-Rod the last 3-4 years and got paid 20% of what they made.  

That being said, he can't be surprised if the Rangers won't give him a $100M contract.
Good chance he will take much less than someone with his numbers and age would get.   

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:15 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Couldn't agree more Brees. These are his issues and nobody has any business speculating or opining. If you haven't gone through this adversity you truly have no idea. These articles are enraging. 

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 5:10 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

WAS an alcoholic/crackhead.  I guess you feel he deserves that label no matter how many years he's been clean.

According to the NIAAA:

No, alcoholism cannot be cured at this time. Even if an alcoholic hasn't been drinking for a long time, he or she can still suffer a relapse. Not drinking is the safest course for most people with alcoholism. 

Obviously, he is not clean, after the recent bender.




Here is what crack did to him, thus making him a crackhead:

From until , Hamilton did not play baseball at all. He made several attempts at rehab, and started off the season with hopes of being a star major league outfielder.<sup>[   


So yes, he does deserve the labels.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:48 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

This article is flat- out stupid.  Hamilton has already "paid the Rangers" by helping to lead them to 2 straight World Series.  If Ron Washington hadn't mis- managed the last game, the Rangers would be World Champs right now. (Note- baseball amateurs, don't try to sound off about the mis- management because you don't have the experience to do so.  Has to do with subtle issue like outfielder alignments and use of pitchers, etc...)  Hamilton is owed a HUGE payday.  He did NOTHING negative to Texas or even baseball.  This was an off-season mistake that is now over and done with.  Pay the Man!!  

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:42 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Heyman, get a life!  Josh Hamilton made a mistake, he's owned up to it and going to get help.  He's an addict and one of the hardest things to do is admit it, which he has.  It's the off-season, he didn't harm anyone or anything.  He deserves a solid contract based on what he's done on the field.  It really irks me and many others when a "wannabe" like yourself, who never played the game, want to condemn and like they are higher than.  Find a real story.  Maybe one that you actually have a sense about.  Don't be jealous of solid athletes just because you got destroyed playing dodgeball back in the day!

Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:35 pm

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

WAS an alcoholic/crackhead. I guess you feel he deserves that label no matter how many years he's been clean.

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