Josh Hamilton has seen his closest confidant with the Rangers, Johnny Narron, leave to be the Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach. Narron has been only steps away from Hamilton since he returned to baseball in 2007 after years of substance abuse. Hamilton has spoken with general manager Jon Daniels about what steps the Rangers will take to support Hamilton in 2012.
Here's a statement from Hamilton, released throught the Rangers:
"Johnny is very talented and has helped me tremendously, both personally and professionally. He is fulfilling a dream to be a major league batting coach, and I have told him previously I would never stand in his way from doing that. We will stay in touch, and I wish him great success with the Brewers.
"JD reached out to me last week when the Brewers asked permission to talk to Johnny, and we will continue to talk to see how we should go forward in 2012."
-- Jeff Wilson