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