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Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Hamilton says he doesn't 'owe the Rangers'

Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans


After his most recent relapse, the Rangers put their extension talks with Josh Hamilton on hold. Despite the way the Rangers have supported Hamilton through two public relapses, the former MVP said he doesn't feel like he owes the team and doesn't expect an extension before the end of the season, when he can become a free agent.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Hamilton had this to say (via the Fort Worth Star-Tribune):
"The Rangers have done a lot for me, but I've got a question for ya'll: Have I done a lot for the Rangers?" Hamilton said. "I think I've given them everything I've had, and I don't think anybody can say I haven't. When it comes down to it, what people don't understand, is this is a business.

"I love Texas, I love my fans, I love the fans of the Rangers, I love the organization, I love my teammates, I love everything about it. But I'm not going to sit here and say I owe the Rangers, because I don't feel like I owe the Rangers."
I have a good friend who is a Rangers fan and she's not happy with the comments, and I can see how Rangers fans would feel that way. On the other hand, he's been paid to do a job and he's done it. If the Rangers weren't happy with him or his ability to do it, they don't have to offer Hamilton a contract after the season -- I'm pretty sure someone else will. That's the beauty of the free market.

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:06 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 4:48 pm
 

Kinsler says he didn't see Hamilton drinking

By C. Trent Rosecrans

One of the most surprising things about the recent relapse by Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was that he involved a teammate, Ian Kinsler, in his night of drinking.

On Sunday, Kinsler spoke publicly for the first time since Hamilton's Jan. 30 night out. He said he didn't see Hamilton drinking that night.

"Josh is taking care of it," Kinsler said, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He's open and up-front about it, it's not really my place to talk about it. I know I was there for part of the night. I've kind of gotten over it. I'm focused on the season. I support Josh. I'm completely supportive of him. I think all of his teammates are and all the coaches are. We're going to be here for him and whatever he needs."

Kinsler said he's heard the rumors that he was drinking with Hamilton, but said he's not concerned about it.

"I was there. I know what happened," he said. "People can say what they think was happening or what they want to say about the situation. There were, seriously, eight people in that bar. I don't know how many people were focused on us. We weren't out in the middle of the bar."

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Posted on: February 15, 2012 10:10 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Hamilton says he's undergoing a 'makeover'

Josh HamiltonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

For the first time since his relapse, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton answered questions on Wednesday, speaking with his Pastor, Dr. James Robison, on GBTV.com, the online home of right-wing political commentator Glenn Beck.

Hamilton said he was undergoing a "Josh Hamilton makeover," going to "one-on-one" counseling, as well as counseling sessions with his wife, Katie.

"I'm doing good. I'm well, my family's well. We're taking this as a serious issue," Hamilton said. "I had a slip-up in '09 and moving past that, it was, 'OK, I'm fine. It was one night, everything's over.' We didn't really move back towards what cause me to slip-up, why did I all of a sudden choose to do this? And it happened again.

"This time, it's not just, 'OK, it happened, we'll move past it and maybe it won't happen again.' We want to find out why it continues to happen. It's not on a regular basis, but whether it's things in my life, whether it's stress or home things, or whatever the case may be, those things might be a trigger."

Hamilton said his faith will be the focus of the makeover.

"It's going to be a process," Hamilton said. "I'm not fixed. I'm doing things right a day at a time. I can always use prayer from people."

He spoke about his relationship with his wife and daughters, and that he was concentrating on communicating with them better. He said that's improved since his relapse.

Josh Hamilton
"It has been a special time," Hamilton said. "The communication the last one-and-a-half weeks has been more than there has been in the past eight years. I'm not saying I haven't been communicating but it has been more meaningful communication."

He didn't shy from taking responsibility or having to live in the public eye.

"Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me," Hamilton said. "You guys know my heart, and I think you sense that. Me, personally, I'm going to do everything I can do to break these walls down and become a better man, a role model, and someone your little ones can to and want to strive to be like one day -- a man who is not perfect, but admits to his mistakes and wants to get better."

Here's the entire interview:



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Posted on: February 8, 2012 12:50 am
Edited on: February 8, 2012 10:23 am
 

Rangers hire assistant for Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton

Posted by Eye on Baseball

First off, the Rangers don't want Shayne Kelley to be called Josh Hamilton's "accountability coach" -- Kelley is a "Major League staff assistant" with more or less one player to coach.

The Rangers hired the former Royals minor-league strength assistant on Tuesday, but general manager Jon Daniels made sure to dismiss the term previously applied to Johnny Narron and, briefly, Michael Dean Chadwick, Hamilton's father-in-law.

"I don't know where that [term] came from … Josh is accountable for himself," Daniels told MLB.com. "Our aim is to support him and put him in a position to succeed. If you hire an interpreter for somebody, the guy is still responsible for what he says. Josh is still accountable for himself."

Josh Hamilton
Narron, the brother of Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron, had been by Hamilton's side since 2007, when Hamilton joined the Reds' organization -- and stayed with him even after his brother, Jerry, was fired as the team's manager. When Hamilton was traded to Texas, Narron went too. However, Narron left his job with the Rangers in November to become the Brewers hitting coach. Chadwick was hired in January, but backed out of the position less than two weeks later.

While without an aide or whatever else it is they want to call it, Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol. Hamilton is an admitted drug and alcohol addict. After his relapse became public, Hamilton met with doctors from Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Kelley was also along for the meeting, according to the newspaper. MLB hasn't decided if Hamilton will face disciplinary action from the relapse, which could be deemed a violation of his previous terms of reinstatement from previous suspensions. Daniels said he expected any such discipline "unlikely."

Kelley spent last season as a high school baseball coach, but has served as an assistant at Samford and Jacksonville State in Alabama. He was an assistant coach and team chaplain for the University of Alabama from 1996-99 and then served in Kansas City's minor-league system as a strength and conditioning coach for three years.

Hamilton had no previous relationship with Kelley, who came recommended by Hamilton's agent, Michael Moye, and Rangers vice-president Chuck Morgan, whose son was at Alabama with Kelley. Daniels said Kelley will have duties with the rest of the team in addition to Hamilton.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:36 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:42 pm
 

Public accountability part of Hamilton's recovery

Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The first time I met Josh Hamilton was the two days before pitchers and catchers reported in 2007. The Reds had acquired him from the Cubs after the Rule 5 draft and he was at the team's complex in Sarasota, Fla., working with manager Jerry Narron and Johnny Narron, who would go on to become what the Rangers would call his "accountability coach." I briefly saw Josh and was struck by the size of the guy -- if God were to build a baseball player, he'd look exactly like this -- minus the tattoos. That wasn't the first time I was shocked by Hamilton.

Josh Hamilton
Our first meeting was quick, we introduced ourselves and that was it. His full press conference and time to write the full Josh Hamilton story would come later. As the Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Post, I'd be spending plenty of time with Hamilton in the next seven months or so, talking to him quite a bit and watching a budding superstar on the field.

Early in the first spring training, Hamilton held a press conference and said he'd take all questions. He went through his entire story, a story that has become widely known since then, but was incredible and fresh at the time. He was open, honest and above all, accountable for his own actions. At one point, he spoke about the guy who introduced him to drugs, who opened the door to his path of addiction. He made sure to note, the guy "wasn't a bad person, he was just into bad things." That always impressed me. Josh said he made the decision, he'd live the with the consequences and refused to blame anyone but himself for his addiction.

I only remember one question he wouldn't answer, it came after his press conference I went up to him and asked about specifics of which drugs he used and he said it didn't really matter, that wasn't the point -- but did note he never used a needle. I respected his wishes and left it alone.

Josh HamiltonAfter hours of writing, I wrote "the Josh Hamilton story" for my newspaper. It was long and didn't even come close to explaining the whole story, but I did my best and tried to do it justice. After that, all spring the story was about what he did on the field and it became evident that he'd not only make the team, but he'd be a big part of that year's team.

For a while, the Hamilton story went quiet, but once the regular season began, the "Josh Hamilton story" came up every time we went to a new city. The first game of every road series against a new team, Hamilton would hold another press conference, telling his story again and again. Throughout the season, he'd repeatedly tell the same stories, always smiling, always open, always honest. It was an incredible performance.

One day I asked him how he did it, if it ever got old? Was he sick of reliving his greatest mistakes and explaining himself in every new city? His answer shocked me -- he not only didn't mind doing it, he felt it was vital to his recovery.

"The media," I remember him telling me, "you, the other reporters, the fans -- everyone who hears my story holds me accountable. I want that, I need that."

I thought of that story two years ago when photos of him drinking at a bar in Arizona surfaced and I thought about it again last night when the reports surfaced that he'd relapsed and had a night of drinking. But it hit home when I saw it again today in his press conference. That was the same Josh Hamilton I heard many times, every time sincere, every time fighting his disease and blaming nobody but himself. And again, he said he needed help -- from the media, from the fans, from his family and from anyone who could help him. Addiction is a disease, one that is never cured, but managed. He's managed it well since 2007, but he's not cured and he never will be. But for now, as sad as I was to hear about his relapse, I'm happy to hear he's not only taking responsibility, but he's ready to continue his battle with addiction -- and if he doesn't win it, I hope he's always ahead in the count.

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Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:12 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 6:23 pm
 

Josh Hamilton comes clean in press conference



By Matt Snyder


The news that broke Thursday night -- which was that Josh Hamilton had relapsed and drank alcohol -- was a bit vague. Friday afternoon in a press conference, Hamilton was very forthcoming about what took place Monday night and cleared things up.

He spoke completely from the heart with no prepared statement.

According to Hamilton, this is what happened:

1. He went out to dinner and ordered a drink. He ended up having "three or four" drinks.

2. He called teammate Ian Kinsler to come hang out with him. Hamilton noted he didn't tell Kinsler he was drinking nor did he drink when Kinsler was with him. Hamilton said that he can be "deceptive" when he drinks.

3. Hamilton and Kinsler left the restaurant and went to an "other place" for about "25, 30 minutes" and then Kinsler went to drive Hamilton to where he was staying.

4. Hamilton said Kinsler asked him if he was going to stay in the rest of the night. Hamilton assured Kinsler he would stay in, but he lied. He went back out. By Hamilton's account, he "had some more drinks." He noted that no one around him really saw him with drinks in his hand, and again reiterated that he can be deceptive and find ways to drink without others realizing it.

He also talked about how when he drinks there's a point where a "switch flips, and you never know when that point is gonna be reached -- whether it's the first three or four, or, you know, the 15th. And that's what is so dangerous about it."

Hamilton took full ownership and accountability of the situation.

"It was just wrong, is what it comes down to," the apologetic Hamilton said. "I needed to be in a different place. I needed to be responsible in that moment -- in that day, period -- and I was not responsible."

He also said that no drugs whatsoever were used and he's had two drug tests since that night.

Hamilton also said he will fly, at some point, to New York to meet with Major League Baseball and their doctors. He said he wants to look back and see where he went wrong, while letting everyone help him.

At several times throughout the press conference, Hamilton said he has "beat himself up," feels "terrible," and wants to get back to the point where everyone can trust him again.

Later Friday afternoon, general manager Jon Daniels had a conference call with reporters. He said that the Rangers were told about the relapse on Tuesday, and that he met with Hamilton Thursday.

They are going to wait until after the MLB evaluation before taking any further steps, and they are looking over everything to see if there are better ways to supervise him, or keep this from happening again. In terms of not having an accountability coach in place at present, Daniels said it likely wouldn't have mattered anyway, being the offseason.

Daniels was asked about Hamilton's contract status -- he's set to be a free agent after 2012 -- and Daniels said there are more important things to worry about right now. He also noted that when he first found out, his immediate thoughts were for Hamilton's family, not baseball.

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Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Reports: Josh Hamilton relapsed, drank alcohol

By Matt Snyder

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has a past that isn't a secret to any baseball fan. He battled drug and alcohol addiction for years and then came back from them to become one of baseball's most recognizable stars.

Unfortunately, according to the Dallas Morning News, Hamilton relapsed and drank alcohol this week in the Dallas area. If the initial report wasn't enough, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is also reporting the relapse.

Also, the Rangers have released this statement: "We are aware of a situation, but we don't have further comment at this time."

Hamilton is without an "accountability coach" at present. This isn't the first time he's relapsed, either. Back in 2009, he drank in excess and some photos of him surfaced on Deadspin.com. Hamilton would say, at the time:

"It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things." (Dallasnews.com)

Hamilton is a free agent after the 2012 season.

UPDATE: Katie Hamilton, Josh's wife, has posted the following message on Twitter:

“Truly appreciate all the encouraging & supportive tweets we've been getting. God is Faithful and forgives- so thankful that you all are showing us such love and encouragement during this time.”

UPDATE II: Hamilton spoke for a bit over 10 minutes in a press conference and came clean.

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:19 pm
 

Photos: Yu Darvish introduced in Texas



By C. Trent Rosecrans

It wasn't quite Beatlemania, but Yumania hit the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Friday, as newest Rangers Yu Darvish was introduced to the Rangers' media and fans at Rangers Ballpark on Friday.

The press conference was telecast live in Darvish's native Japan

Darvish said he had "no worries" and was made to feel at home with the Rangers when he visited Nolan Ryan earlier this month. He also said he read a book on Ryan and will try to adjust to the Texas heat. He also said he wants to learn English, though he will use an interpreter. Darvish said he would return to Japan and be back in the United States by the Feb. 22 reporting date.

As Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew noted, that was not a marijuana leaf on Darvish's shirt as he left the airport, instead it was a Japanese maple leaf, which looks similar to a pot leaf.

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