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October 06, 2012

Josh Hamilton: 'I would love to stay here'

Five-time All-Star Josh Hamilton said that he wants to stay with the Rangers after what could be his final game in a Rangers uniform. He went 0-for-4 and struck out twice, and was booed after his final at-bat in the eighth inning.

Hamilton, who becomes a free agent five days after the end of the World Series, said that the Rangers will get the first chance to negotiate with him and will get to match an offer before he accepts it. He said the chances that he will be back are 50-50.

"I would love to stay here," he said after the Rangers' 5-1 loss to Baltimore in the wild-card game. "They know that and understand that. I told them I'd give them the first shot. We'll see what happens. I loved the last five years playing with these guys."

Hamilton was booed more and more after each at-bat. He grounded into a double play in the first inning after the Rangers opened with runners at first and third. He struck out looking in the third, tapped back to the mound in the sixth and struck out in the eighth. He saw eight pitches.

"You hate to have it happen in possibly your last game ever here, but I gave my all every time I went out there," Hamilton said. "Hopefully, they appreciated it more than they did [tonight]."

He said the thought of possibly having his final at-bat ran through his mind in the eighth inning, but he hasn't had much of an opportunity to think about what might happens.

"I haven't thought too much about it because it ended so abruptly," he said. "It's one of those things where you go home, spend some time with the family, figure out what's going on and enjoy them right now and not think about what's going to transpire later on."

-- Jeff Wilson

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Josh. You have given us so many great thrills, but the last weeks, since pitchers have not thrown you strikes, you have kept swinging. I'm not qualified to tell you how to hit, but taking those pitches would force them to bring the ball back in to you. Yeah, I know this is obvious stuff, but it's only 'cause we want you to stay. Hope it can work out.

Of course he wants to stay here, with a manager that will not hold him accountable. There is NO CHANCE he re-signs here. He struck out on 3 pitches about 150 times this year without making the pitcher throw a single strike...balls bouncing in the dirt a foot outside being the chief culprit. He was clearly trying to hit a HR every at-bat, trying to get a big contract. He was so selfish he would not take a walk and let Beltre drive him in. NOT a team player. Not somebody we can depend on in the clutch. I would rather have ELVIS ANDRUS hit in pressure situations, a man who works the pitcher, makes them throw strikes, and can come up with 2-strike hits when it matters. NOT Hamilton, who swings at the 1st pitch no matter where it is. Easiest strikeout in the league for smart pitchers, who prey on Hamilton's over-eager approach and never throw a strike. I wouldn't even make this dud ANY kind of offer, like CJ Wilson last year. It will be addition by subtraction, as they say.

Hey Josh, please remember, this was a playoff game and not all the people in attendance are regular Rangers fans. Playoffs attract all kinds of folk to the ball park. True Rangers fans still love ya man. If anyone thinks you were playing "half-speed" or just taking it easy, they have to be nuts. If for no other reason, you were looking for a new contract, (VERY BIG ONE), and who would ease up with that in mind? Stuff happens, and the BOOs came from people sitting on their fat butts while you atheletes were out there playing the game. My hat is off to ya. Please come back to the Rangers.

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