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Josh Hamilton has a new accountability partner

Feb 7, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

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Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers have hired Shayne Kelley as a major league staff assistant and that one of his duties will be to serve as Josh Hamilton‘s new accountability partner.

Kelley has a pretty diverse background, serving as the Royals’ minor league strength and conditioning coach for two seasons and the team chaplain at Alabama from 1996-1999. As such, part of his duties will also include helping out the Rangers’ coaching staff and hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh.

Kelley will take over the role vacated by Jerry Narron, who took the hitting coach job with the Brewers this offseason. Hamilton’s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, originally volunteered to replace Narron, but had a change of heart last month after discussing the matter further with his family. Chadwick said at the time that he didn’t think an accountability partner was even necessary, but the matter is obviously of increased importance following Hamilton’s relapse with alcohol at a Dallas-Fort Worth area bar last Monday night.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that Kelley has already begun his duties, as he traveled with Hamilton during his visit with MLB and MLBPA doctors yesterday in New York.

  1. cereal blogger - Feb 7, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Wait,,,life partner ?

    • bubba56 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Josh, where’s your mother when you need her? And, by the way, be glad you’re name is Josh instead of Juan or Jose or Willie or Jamal because you’d be on your way to the Astros or Orioles or some such place if it was.

  2. hep3 - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    The best line ever heard at an AA meeting:

    “Just because the alcoholic quit drinking, it doesn’t mean they are not a jerk anymore.”

  3. texasdawg - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    They prefer to be called “accountabilibuddies.”

  4. patg1041 - Feb 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    It’s kind of hard to have any respect, or sympathy for Josh Hamilton. What the hell does a grown ass man need a babysitter for?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      He has serious drug and alcohol issues, and is a very expensive and elite talent. Ever done a 162-game season with upteen road trips and all kinds of chances to give in to temptation?


      Then keep quiet.

  5. lookatthefarside - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Get him to the Greek!

  6. SDR - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Wow. If i’m being totally honest you guys are a bunch of scumbag a**holes for trashing Hamilton in this post. Clearly NONE of you have any experience with addiction. There’s a reason they say once an addict always an addict. Hamilton is on record as saying it helps having someone around him (much like a sponsor) to help keep him in line & work with him to stay on the right path. And yet you clowns call him weak & say he needs “a babysitter??” Man I hope nobody in any of your families experiences addiction problems b/c you people clearly wont know how to help them.

    Here’s a guy who’s got all the talent in the world, has fought really hard to come back from some serious problems but recently fell off the wagon. And now, when he admits what he did & looks to move on with his life people like you losers have the nerve to trash him for it??

    I truly hope I never become as calloused and miserable as all of you clearly are.

    Good luck, Josh. I know i’ll be rooting for you.

    • rooney24 - Feb 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      I am glad that there is someone to help him out. But, I am curious why the team has to hire someone. I understand that they would want to protect their investment, so it still probably makes monetary sense to pay the extra for a “coach”. But, if Hamilton is making all the money he is, and he knows he has the problem, wouldn’t he also have motivation to hire someone on his own to fill this role? He will certainly need someone in that role after his playing days are done, won’t he?

      • ptfu - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        Well, yeah. Some day, Hamilton will have to fight his demons without an employer’s support. Employee counseling is a perk of working for the Rangers, and he might as well take advantage now. He has time to find his own support, although he shouldn’t wait. Playing careers are fragile and supportive employers are rare.

  7. lookatthefarside - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    SDR= Internet Psychiatrist and lil miss know-it-all!

    • cur68 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Or SDR is a person with a balanced view of life who doesn’t believe in mocking of judging those who admit to weakness and try to deal with it. IMO, if this is what Hamilton needs in order to get through this, then good for him: he has the balls to do this in front of the whole world and not hang his head and blame someone else. I know plenty of people who never even try to fix what’s wrong with themselves: too hard to admit that they’re weak or wrong or just plain feel entitled to endless chances from their loved ones. Many, many people sin worse than Hamilton, and never have to make up for it in the full glare of the media. Good luck to him, I say.

      • cavredleg15 - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:57 AM

        I could not be Josh Hamilton’s watchdog(that’s what I call it. It’s how I see it) Because no matter how much I want him to succeed… I know I am also not perfect. I know he has had at least 1 other lapse since his reinstatement but was that before or after he had a watchdog?

      • rambodiaz - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        Is it just my imagination, or have the number of trolls been increasing steadily in the comments over this winter?

        In any case, SDR and cur and paperlions (below) nailed it.

        Hamilton’s not trying to kick a beer-a-day habit, he had life-threateningly serious addictions to alcohol and drugs. He’s got a wife, children and a career that this stuff has affected. And he’s got to be spotless in his recovery, which happens to be in the public eye, on a team with high visibility.

        C’mon Jeff, you can do this.

      • stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        I don’t know the trolls are worse in general, but they swarm when they see anyone showing weakness.

        Count me as one of those who hopes he beats it, although I know the longterm odds are poor. In his own way I am a lot more impressed with him than I am with Tebow. I am tired about hearing this story, but imagine how Hamilton feels.

  8. 27xwschamps - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Call dr. Drew idiot !! Havin a dos equis XX and a tequila 4 u bro …

  9. patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    A lot of people deal with addiction successfully without needing someone to babysit them. I understand that dealing with addiction is difficult, but how do you call a married man who is spending time in a bar taking shots off of other women a hero? Now, I absolutely despise the race card and 99% of the time it’s used without being warranted, but what would the perception of Josh Hamilton be if he were black? Instead of rooting for him, the vast majority of people would be calling him what he is. A POS. I have too much sympathy for people that deserve it to waste it on this guy.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      I assume your expertise in identifying a POS comes from observing yourself when you shave?

  10. brewcrewbombers - Feb 8, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    I understand the reason for him to have one, and have dealt with friends who have had addiction. However, I believe that in our day of millions of dollars for professional sports, I think Hamilton should pay the salary of his accountability partner. Its called consequences. @SDR, i agree with you in principle however, i believe in tough love. Coddling is not an option at this point.

    • paperlions - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:18 AM

      Consequences? You mean like having to have a press conference to talk to the world about a person issue that is no one’s business? Or….oh….I don’t know….NOT have a contract extension or even contract talks? Those kinds of consequences?

      There is a reason that every member of the most successful addiction organization has a sponsor. Because very few people can beat addiction on their own.

      Miguel Cabrera won’t even admit he’s an alcoholic and is lucky he didn’t kill someone during his incident last year (when, oddly enough, he did threaten to kill people)…but the guy that is addressing his problem (which, admittedly has reached levels before that Cabrera has yet to reach, but probably will) is the one people spew venom toward?

      • patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        The reason no one is spewing venom towards Cabrera is that no one is calling Cabrera is a hero. Being a recovering addict does not make you a person worthy of admiration or sympathy. He arrived at his current state solely through actions of his own. I’m not debating that Cabrera is a piece of garbage. I commend Hamilton on admitting that he has a problem, but there are far too many people that genuinely deserve admiration and sympathy to waste any on Hamilton.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Uh huh. Almost totally destroyed by his addiction. Fought it off. Recovered his skills to become one of the premiere performers in an incredibly difficult and demanding profession. Overcomes numerous physical injuries in addition to his latent dependencies. Married and raised a family. Fights his 800-pound gorilla demons on a daily basis. Goes around speaking to kids and encouraging other addicts that they can beat theirs. Suffers occasional relapses because he’s human and his demons are deeply entrenched. Faces up to his failings like a man and rededicates himself to moving forward. Nope, nothing there to admire. Nothing at all.

        You, sir, are a vapid, selfish, superficial, myopic schmuck and a half. I would want your admiration just a little bit less than I would want a pelican to shit on my head.

      • stex52 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:17 AM

        So how do you realy feel, OG? Don’t hold back so much.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        My mother taught me that if you have nothing nice to say about someone, you should say it forcefully.

      • 24missed - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        Miggy should be kept out of this. This is all about Hamilton and not Cabrera. Saying a human being is a piece of garbage is ridiculous. We all have our demons and I need help and seek it to help move me to a better place and do the same for others. And who knows exactly what Cabrera is doing to help himself? Does he have to make it public? Last I heard, V-Mart was becoming a good friend of his and a positive influence.

        And yes, there have been addicts and recovering addicts in my life.

  11. spoiledbratswhosuck - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    To admit and to recognize why he did what he did shows “strength and determination”.

    Josh……u are much stronger than u think.

    I know u will beat this thing, good luck.

  12. patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Old Gator

    This is a man who’s problems have been entirely created by himself. No one turned him into an alcoholic and a druggie but himself. I have ZERO sympathy for alcoholics, drug users, drunk drivers, and criminals. If you choose to gargle the semen of those types of people, that is your perogative. Me, I’ll continue to root for good, honest people who have overcome misfortune not of their own doing.

    Stay classy douche pickle.

    • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Ah yes, he can call a guy who has struggled with the pangs of hell a POS but when his own superficiality is exposed he is more than enough of a hypocrite to rise to the occasion and tell his interlocutor to “stay classy.” Ackcherley, there is an enormous and growing body of scientific information that addictive personalities have a strong genetic, and consequently, metabolic component that morally pristine sorts like you don’t have to contend with, but what is empirical evidence when pitted against the pyrite calf of your infantile ideology about the world? You seem to have spent your entire life in the moral equivalent of an immunodeficiency bubble – one large enough to accommodate the white horse from which you pronounce judgment upon the world of real live people with which you seem to have nothing in common. You live in a Manichean universe of good guys and bad guys where real pain and struggle count for nothing. I would point out all the levels on which you fail as a human being but I wouldn’t want to leave the impression that I thought there was any depth to you.

      • CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:14 PM

        There’s no way someone who uses the term “douche pickle” can understand a single sentence of what you just said, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

      • patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Two words come to mind when reading your posts.


        I never once proclaimed to be perfect, nor dud I say that I was rooting for Hamilton to fail. What I did say was that Hamilton is not some noble character worthy of admiration and sympathy. If you want to talk to me about someone overcoming cancer or some other happenstance that’s not of their own creation, I am all ears. I’m sure what Hamilton is going through is difficult, but again he didn’t accidentally become an alcoholic. He didn’t accidentally become addicted to cocaine. This is a man who has all the advantages in the world, yet still cannot stay clean. Im not talking about showering the man with scorn, but how about expecting accountability. I know that word is probably foreign to you so look it up. The good news for you is that it’s probably in the dictionary you used to write your last post which if I might say, was breathtaking by the way. I think I might mastubate to it later.

      • CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

        “I never once proclaimed to be perfect, nor dud I say that I was rooting for Hamilton to fail. What I did say was that Hamilton is not some noble character worthy of admiration and sympathy. If you want to talk to me about someone overcoming cancer or some other happenstance that’s not of their own creation, I am all ears. I’m sure what Hamilton is going through is difficult, but again he didn’t accidentally become an alcoholic. He didn’t accidentally become addicted to cocaine. This is a man who has all the advantages in the world, yet still cannot stay clean. Im not talking about showering the man with scorn, but how about expecting accountability.”

        That’s the one thing you’ve said I can actually agree with. But your greater than thous, YOUR pretentiousness, and juneville comments are absurd. And again, I really hope those around you offer you the same grace (or lack thereof) when you need it. Demanding to hold the man accountable doesn’t give you the right to be a moron about it. He should be held accountable, appropriately, with grace, not with a freaking 2×4. (Matt 7.5)

    • CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 12:52 PM

      when you screw up, I hope you’re given the same treatment you’re dishing out. You deserve it.

      • patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        In the event I ever become an alcoholic or drug abuser, by all means feel free to hold me accountable for my actions. Thank you for your contribution to the conversation. It’s been integral.

      • CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        don’t qualify it now… ANYTIME you screw up, and you will. We all do. I hope you get it just like you dish it out. You’ve earned that much.

        Maybe not as public or as severe as you perceive of one Josh Hamilton, but you’ll screw up none the less. And when you do, I hope those around you that you’ll need support from the most, offer you a kick in square the balls instead of a helping hand.

        I’m a compassionate person and all but your behavior is reprehensible. Go ahead and call me whatever you want. That seems to be your only retort to common sense anyway.

  13. patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I’m sorry, on what front did I criticize Josh Hamilton other than his alcohol and drug abuse? If you can stop slurping on old gator’s balls long enough to formulate an arguement of your own, it would be much appreciated.

    • CJ - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      I’m pretty sure I just did formulate an argument of my own, just becuase you can’t understand it doesn’t make that my problem. Your only retort the entire time has been name calling and insults. If there’s someone here that can’t formulate an argument, that’d be you, not me.

  14. joepoppa - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I’ve got almost 29 years clean and sober and I would be willing to bet that at least 90 percent of you don’t know squat about alchoholism or drug addiction..You may thiunk you know, but you don’t. It’s one of those things that unless you’ve been there, well you just can’t figure it out. People that have work

  15. joepoppa - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    OOPS. people that have worked in the rehab feild for most of their life if they ain’t got it, they don’t know what it’s about.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Feb 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      I’m always amused when people say ïf you’ve never been an addict, or worked in the field, or knew someone who is, then you just can’t understand it, man”.

      That’s it, I just can’t understand it if I”ve never been there. I’m surprised someone hasn’t made any kind of Vietnam reference yet. We miss you, Sam.

      Point #1: I’m willing to bet that 99% of the people commenting here actually do have experience with addiction, or knowing someone close to them who has an addiction. Because remember, it’s society’s problem, not an individual issue.

      Speaking of the 99% percentile, I’ll bet that’s how many people commenting here have never played, managed, umpired, coached, or been a GM in major league baseball.

      But yet we all feel completely qualified to instruct, criticize and meddle in the lives and day-to-day actions of those who do.

      Lets see: pot, kettle, and something else I’m probably missing.

      God may not roll dice with the universe, but the readers of Hardball Talk do. I’m in the presence of semi-, self-proscribed greatness. Thank you for this moment in my life.

      We’re required to feel sympathy for Josh Hamilton because wé “just don’t understand, man, we haven’t been there”, all the while having the right to tell Brian Cashman how to run Yankee universe.

      Do I understand that, man?

  16. patg1041 - Feb 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Alright, look, I’m going to boil this down to the simplest terms I can. You guys can create whatever narrative you want about Josh Hamilton battling demons or descending to the depths of hell, or whatever garbage you can come up with to justify announcing him hero status. In reality, an accurate description of Hamilton reads more like “Josh Hamilton is a BASEBALL PLAYER who after throwing away his career entirely through actions of his own, has found some success, although he continues to be caught in compromising situations involving both alcohol and women whom are not his wife”.

    Gotta tell you, it really doesn’t sound nearly so noble when its put like that.

    • ptfu - Feb 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

      “Josh Hamilton is a baseball player who after throwing away his career entirely through actions of his own, has found some success ENTIRELY THROUGH ACTIONS OF HIS OWN, although he continues to be caught in compromising situations involving both alcohol and women whom are not his wife”.

      Fixed that for you.

      All right, look, I’m going to boil this down to the simplest terms I can.

      If you’re going to blame Hamilton for repeatedly messing up, then you also need to give him credit for repeatedly trying to fix himself. Bad decisions followed by good decisions. Two sides of the same coin. Two angles of the same person. Look at the whole picture.

      Hamilton keeps messing up. That makes him human. Not a hero. (And never mind that addiction never lets go no matter what you do.)

      Hamilton keeps taking responsibility and trying to fix it. That makes him an adult. Not a hero. (And never mind that addiction never lets go no matter what you do.)

      It is noteworthy that Hamilton is also able to succeed on the field, in addition to getting his life back together. Many people fail at one or the other, and precious few can do both simultaneously.

      Gotta tell you, it really doesn’t sound nearly so damning when it’s put like that.

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