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February 03, 2012

Jon Daniels addresses Josh Hamilton's relapse

Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels held a conference call to address the latest relapse of star outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton, who continues to fight his addiction to alcohol and drugs, spoke openly on Friday about having drinks at dinner and later at a Dallas-area bar on Monday night.

“There are a number of emotions, a number of thoughts,” Daniels said. “We talk a lot about how we view ourselves as a family. When someone in your family has a mistake, however you want to term it, there are a lot of emotions involved. One was disappointment, but the overriding emotion was concern for Josh and for his family.”

Daniels didn’t speculate on any possible punishments for Hamilton, saying he would wait until MLB doctors met with Hamilton at some point in the near future. This is the second known relapse Hamilton has had.

It coincided with the Rangers closing in on hiring an accountability partner for Hamilton. He had been accompanied by Johnny Narron on road trips since breaking into the major leagues in 2007 with Cincinnati.

Narron left the Rangers in November to become the hitting coach in Milwaukee, and the Rangers hired Michael Dean Chadwick, Hamilton's father-in-law, last month.

Chadwick, though, backed out 10 days later to concentrate on his family and business in North Carolina.

“Ironically, we’re working through that process simultaneously,” Daniels said. “We’re close. This person was in the process of going through interviews before this happened. I expect to have an announcement early next week.”

The Rangers and Hamilton have also been in discussions about a contract extension this winter, but those talks have been put on hold. Hamilton is eligible to become a free agent after next season.

“There are more important things to deal with,” Daniels said.

Daniels went on to say that the team will have to consider all aspects of Hamilton, both on the field and off the field, in determining a contract extension.

-- Drew Davison

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It's not about the relapse,which will be addressed appropriately.....the real concern is Josh's life after baseball

Josh you slipped but you have not lost unless you quit trying.I have been a recovering alcoholic since 1975. It took me 11 years to quit having slips, but I never quit trying. I wish you and your family all the best. AA helped me and they have AA in every city that they play baseball make a list of the phone # for the city you are going to be playing in in case your stinkin thinkin comes back.You are just a phone call away from help.

Josh, I'm the son of an alcoholic. I ask you to look at your disease from your children's eyes. Your actions from here forward will forever mold their lives. Give them something other than alcohol to talk and think about for the rest of their lives. You have so much to give to them.

"Man up Josh." Turn the hat around, start dressing like a business person and take responsibility for your actions.

Actually, I think Josh did a good job of manning up. He didn't make excuses, tip toe around it, etc. He stated clearly that he was sneaky and deceptive when he drank.

As for the hat, I don't really think that has anything to do with "manning up." He's a ballplayer, not a Fortune 500 exec.

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