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December 06, 2011

Hamilton, Rangers discuss support network

Josh Hamilton is more than happy to see Johnny Narron land a big league hitting job. Narron was named the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach earlier this offseason, leaving the Rangers after four seasons as a special assignments coach.

One of Narron's main jobs was as a member of Hamilton’s support network, making sure Hamilton didn’t relapse during the season. Now, Hamilton and the Rangers are working towards finding a possible replacement for Narron, although Hamilton feels he is in a better place than when he was acquired four years ago.

“I don’t feel like I need somebody,” Hamilton said. “At the same time, if it adds confidence for me, the Rangers or Major League Baseball or the fans or whoever to have somebody, yeah, I’m all for it.

“I don’t ever get comfortable. I keep my safeguards where they are, and surround myself with people who want to see me succeed and do well.”

Hamilton met with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels over the weekend, and both are on the same page.

“Josh is in a different place than he was when we acquired him,” Daniels said. “We just don’t want to take anything for granted, and neither do Josh and Katie [Hamilton, his wife].”

-- Drew Davison

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I wish the Rangers had signed Paul Konerko from yhe White Sox last year when he was a free agent. He is now being shopped around as the Sox are going the rebuilding route. This guy is a mirror image of Michael Young great hitter 100 rbis 30-40 homers and a great 1st baseman plus he was also team captain. I would think this guy and Michael sharing 1st base and DH time would be a real plus for the Rangers. Mark Burhle is also a great team guy and if he had the Rangers infield and the Rangers lineup behind him the last two years he would have been a 20 game winner. Can't go wrong on either of these guys being taken from the White Sox fire sale!!!!

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