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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 12, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

As everyone else has said, what a bogus story by someone who has not even the slightest idea about addiction and recovery. Heyman just comes off as a holier-than-thou and completely clueless sports writer. Hmmm, quite a familiar theme on this website, don't you think? Hamilton will continue to earn my respect and I wish him the best in overcoming adversity. Everyone makes mistakes, no one's a robot, and it's way too much to expect there to be zero hiccups along the way for him. He certainly seems like a good enough guy who deserves more than the unwarranted flak he gets from media charlatans with strange phobias of drugs. Heyman, on the other hand, is undeserving of our attention and gets major minus points for the drivel he filled this article with.



Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:18 pm
 

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! 
bigchief,

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.



Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:14 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I don't know Josh Hamilton personally. I don't know the author personally. If Mr. Hamilton invited me to his house, I would go....not because he is a pro athlete, but because he seems genuine.....if the author invited me to his house, I would decline. I am really tired of desk jockies trying to set policy for the rest of us.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 4:10 pm
 

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! 



Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Bender?  Didn't the guy just have a drink?  This whole thing is blown way out of proportion. 



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:47 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

I agree this is a stupid idea. Falling off the wagon, however hard, is not reason to risk costing your family $100+ million. The Rangers should pay him what he's worth on the field. They're the dumb ones if they don't have out clauses put into his contract relating to substance abuse.



Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

And it wasn't even the Reds who "saved" him. It was the Rays. They tried to sneak him past waivers and the Reds Rule 5'd him for something like $50 grand.  The Rays actually made a mistake, and a rare one at that, but the risk probably balanced it out for them. I can only imagine what 2008 and 2010 could have looked like with a healthy Josh Hamilton patrolling the outfield. His bat might have made the difference against eventual champs Philadelphia in 2008, and it was that same Rangers team that took them out in 2010 and 2011.

He doesn't owe the Rangers; at least not like this article states. I do hope he pulls it together though. The demons he fights on a daily basis are powerful and can drag him right back to the bottom of the abyss if he isn't careful, and that would be the biggest shame of all.



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

Terrible article. If having an off-season screw-up means you should be devaluing yourself in contract talks, then hundreds of players should be doing this. None do, and I don't recall similar articles about them. Further, where are the details in the article? What kind of relapse was this? Did he get drunk on a weekend bender and get right back in AA, or was he intoxicated daily for like 3 months? There IS a big difference. Also, this latest incident has not affected a single at-bat yet so while there is reason for concern...this suggestion is ridiculous.



Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:20 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

who says josh hamilton needs to repay the rangers anything? i dont think he owes them anything, personally.



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:18 pm
 

Here's an idea how Hamilton can repay Rangers

My first question is to the author:  are you ready to alter your employment relationship with your employer (CBS or whomever) based on your private life and whether it impacts your writing ability?  In other words, do you drink too much occassionally or do recreational drugs?  You are public person so I think I have the right to know...

My point is that for recovering addicts, the only help is self-driven ultimately and they either make it or they don't.  They don't need you or anyone else not in their family, their church or organization prescribing what the should do, unless you are prepared to let the public do the same for you.

We are now far past the point Steve Howe "zillion chances" mode of dealing with such cases and that's a good thing as well; however, continued dragging these issues through the mud in our 24/7 hyper-sports news cycle only adds to the pressure on an addict, in this case Hamilton.  I believe he is acutely aware that he's got God-given talent to play a boy's game and must re-double his efforts to stay on a recovery path.  Just leave him alone to try. 


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