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There’s something troubling going on with Josh Hamilton

Aug 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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Josh Hamilton batted just .177/.253/.354 in July, which would be reason enough to think that something’s not quite right with the MVP outfielder. Now add these cryptic comments, uttered by Hamilton late last week following a 1-for-14 homestand:

“When the time is right, I’ll be honest with you, you’ll be right in the loop. I’ve been shown a lot of things over the past week. There’s disobedience and there’s obedience to God. I’ve been being disobedient. It may be a small thing to you, but it’s a big thing to him. There’s consequences. It’s like a father and a kid. There are disciplines. You guys can chew on that and think about it.”

Then there’s the even more cryptic quote below, offered Wednesday morning on a Dallas radio program by Rangers manager Ron Washington:

“The issue is something that I think Josh would definitely have to be the one to expose. It’s certainly not physical. It has nothing to do with injuries. Josh is the one that made the statement and got all the inquiries going, and I think Josh is the one that has to put a rest to the inquiries, not Ron Washington. I can just tell you one thing: It is not because he’s hurt.”

Commenters on the Rangers-centric blog Baseball Time In Arlington have suggested that Hamilton might be going through a divorce with his wife Katie, through nobody has any facts to back that up. The drug and alcohol addict had a relapse in February at a bar in Fort Worth but has seemingly kept clean this summer.

Hamilton, 31, is currently scheduled to hit the open market five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series. He’ll be one of the most interesting cases in the history of free agency given all that’s taken place.

145 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. raysfan1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    I’ve never heard that Hamilton was bipolar, but I really wonder. Many subconsciously try to self medicate with alcohol and drugs. Streainess in his play and turmoil in his personal life could also fit. Again, I am not saying he is bipolar, but if he is, it could explain a lot. It would also mean he can’t necessarily help himself until/unless he were to get appropriate treatment.

    • fuddpucker - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      See, you’re trying to avoid the fact that he’s an addict. Don’t you know what severe addicts do? They do $hit like this ALL THE TIME.

      • badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:49 AM

        Because he is Caucasian if he was any other race he’d be viewed like Doc Gooden, Strawberry….Screw ups!!!

      • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:25 AM

        No, leroybrown: Gooden and the Straw are Mets, so they just ARE screwups. I don’t see race, but I do see Mets.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:57 AM

        They were also both Yankees- so I was pulling for them at that time. If they had become Red Sox…probably not so much. The thing all three have in common is either they wasted or are wasting tremendous talent. Just think of where Gooden and Strawberry could have been without the drugs. Straw had one of the sweetest swings ever.

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        @recovering

        1908 says hello.

  2. bgrdmacheen - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Yep. For edinson volquez

  3. txcracker - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Uh..he slept with prostitutes for drugs and tats? Who exactly was the hooker them or him? He must be great in bed if they are the ones giving him things! lol

  4. raysfan1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    “F ISLAMICS?”. What about American citizens who happen to be Islamic? “GO USA” should include a healthy respect for the first amendment to our Constitution. I knew quite a few Moslems in the military; they served honorably and well. They risked there lives for this great nation in the middles east same as the rest of us.

    • texasaaa - Aug 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

      I’m sure what you say about our Muslim soldiers is true BUT the reason many Americans do not, cannot trust them is that they are your and mine sworn enemy. Maybe these guys are backsliders just like a Baptist going against the teachings of their religion. If they follow their religion then you are dead meat when they decide to go back to their God.
      I appreciate anyone that fights for this country but if they want to be accepted then they need to change religions, until then they are the enemy in lots if not most Americans book. The problem is we do not know the backsliders from the ones that are sworn to kill us.

  5. jonirocit - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Did anyone see him at the Allstar game he did interviews drunk .

  6. psunick - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Finally, a thread that doesn’t blame Penn State for a problem!

    • bw1980 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:31 AM

      Yes, very surprising. However, not as surprising as an idiotic comment from a Penn State fan.

      • angrycorgi - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM

        I don’t find idiotic comments from Penn State fans to be even remotely surprising.

    • ditto65 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM

      It’s Penn State’s fault.

      • aceshigh11 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

        Bwahahaha.

  7. randygnyc - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    If he’s using drugs/alcohol or letting his personal problems interfere with his play on the field (something is impeding his performance), then it can be argued he’s not fulfilling his contractual obligation.

  8. fuddpucker - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    There are different kind of addicts. Some of them have this cold, dark stare and you know they’re in it for life. There’s nothing in between their ears except “how do I get another fix?” They’ll say anything, they’ll do anything to convince you that they’re going to stay straight. You’ll believe them, they’re that good.

    Turn you back on them for 5(maybe 10) minutes and they’ll be in a crack-house for two or three days.

  9. brenenostler - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    It’s not a relapse. Otherwise it would be reported that he failed a drug test. It’s hard to imagine it would be a divorce, especially since Katie stuck with Josh through his whole downfall and comeback. But at this point that’s the only thing that makes any sense.

    • Marty - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:26 AM

      He’s gay. Explains the disobedience to Gawd part of his statement.

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM

        I believe you’re thinking about Tim Tebow.

      • Marty - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Seriously, read Washingtons statement. He ain’t outing him.

        Face it. He’s “been disobedient” to his god. Too much gayness. This last week he has been “shown a lot of things”, mainly his lust for gay sexis a curable “disease”.

        Still, there are “consequences”. He must repent. He must be forgiven. And when that is finished he will tell us about it. About the bad gayness and all. How it’s a “disease”, and how he found the cure.

        Mark my words. He’s gay and he’s still so full of himself, his faith based recovery and his god that he considers this a teachings moment for the world.

        Btw, father in laws don’t like their son in laws having gay sex.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Hahaha! Marty you are killing me with this whole gay thing Man.
        So you have some serious hate for Josh Hamilton huh? I have no idea why.
        But the gay stuff is cracking me up.

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:00 AM

      MLB does not test for Alcohol consumption.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:28 AM

        Nor gayness. And before this gets any more stupid, let’s just lay it out, Leviticus-style (though, unless he’s Jewish, he doesn’t need to obey the Old Testament – see, this Jesus guy made a new deal with the Christians that is covered in a whole other part of the Bible…): Hamilton has either had sex with a woman on her period, or he ate lobster. Either act, just like gay sex, is an “abomination in the eyes of the Lord,” according to Leviticus. Times may change, but illogical adherence to mumbo-jumbo must remain!

      • deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Should Nolan Ryan smite him?

      • mgv38 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

        Otherwise Miggy would be 2 for 7 this yaer.

    • badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      His wife isnt divorcing him til after the new contract is signed. Stuck around with the crack head when he was living the crack life might as well wait for the pay day

  10. protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    What ever is troubling this young man, I hope that his belief system, his family and his friends are there to comfort him and ease his mind. He has already been through enough hell in his life.

    My heart goes out to him, and I wish that there was something I could do to help, but there isn’t.

    If any of you are religious, then please say a prayer for him.

  11. xjokerz - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Man do I hate the state of Texas. I wish we could take all the oil out of Texas and give it back to Mexico, bush family included

    • ditto65 - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      The oil or the land?

      • Old Gator - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        Just the Bushes would be sufficient.

    • alonestartexan - Aug 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Shove it up your ass you liberal sack of shit.

      • blueyedcharlie - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        I totally agree Texan! Jokerz is just that a friggn joke! If he’s that concerned why don’t he pack up his ass and go to Mexico?

  12. xjokerz - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    Man do I hate the state of Texas. I wish we could take all the oil out of Texas and give it back to Mexico, bush family included

    • protius - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      It was an ignorant, shallow and callous statement the first time you wrote it. Posting it twice makes you twice as ignorant, shallow and callous.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 2, 2012 at 7:32 AM

        More inscrutable than ignorant – I mean, the Bush family is part of the oil in Texas that we should give back to Mexico? The comment itself falls into non sequitur territory, since there is nary a word about baseball. But the state of Texas, baseball-wise, is very hate-able.

  13. hitem396 - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    FA FA FA FA FA!!!!!!

    “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers.” on Feburary

    and now?

  14. badassleroybrown - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    “There’s something troubling going on with Josh Hamilton”

    Yeah!!! He’s a CRACK HEAD! Mystery solved

    Everyone is looking for some excuse to feel sorry for him because he is Caucasian but the fact remains he is a crack head. Imagine if his coach Ron Washington wouldve relapsed like he did he’d be out of baseball and yesterdays news

    • kiwicricket - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      Ron’s nostrils beg to differ

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Leroy: Don’t be racist….race baiter.

      • blueyedcharlie - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        With a name like Leroy what do you expect? I mean that pretty much alone explains the lack of IQ (that’s short for Intelligence Quota Leroy), whether it’s a black Leroy or a Billy Bob White Racist Leroy. No matter how much the two sides hate the thought, they are all one and the same Leroy’s!

  15. willclarkgameface - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Glug, glug, glug, glug….

  16. hitem396 - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    “I don’t feel I owe the Rangers.”

  17. partymoney - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    don’t worry, i’m sure he’ll get himself back on smack, i mean track

  18. yyyass - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    He’s caught between the lies he’s been telling himself about the omnipotent power of his God to control everything – and the obvious reality that there is no such thing. He screws up and does drugs or drinks – God doesn’t stop him. If he cheats on his wife, God doesn’t stop him. He innocently tosses a ball to a fan and the fan dies as a result – God didn’t save him. He’s basically realizing that it’s on him not to be a screw up and he’s caving under the pressure. He needs professonal help, probably some stabilizing meds, and for less people to keep injecting the enabling idea that God has him covered 24/7.

    • js20011041 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Fucking A. Couldn’t have expressed that point better.

      • Andee - Aug 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        I had a similar thought when I read those quotes, as if he is struggling with his own faith or whether he has already lost it.

  19. artisan3m - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Take Hamilton back to that bar where he fell off the wagon in February ~ and buy him a beer. He was hitting around .400 after that episode and cranking two-to-four HR’s a game. Maybe the ’cause’ is also the ‘cure’ in Josh’s case. His baseball troubles are only at the plate ~ he’s still one of the best outfielders in the game. Substance abuse would impact his overall play ~ not just hitting ~ and that isn’t happening.

  20. bravojawja - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Y’all are just begging for another “Freewill” quote, aren’t you? I could do this all week, you know.

    A planet of playthings,
    We dance on the strings
    Of powers we cannot perceive
    “The stars aren’t aligned,
    Or the gods are malign…”
    Blame is better to give than receive.

  21. cackalackyank - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Really to be bringing his free agancy prospects into this now, it just seems really callous. If it is a relapse of drug or alcohol abuse, or if it is a severe relationship issue with his family at stake, Josh’s free agency is pretty darn insignifcant on the list of things that matter in the bigger picture.

  22. tandem4ever - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Who knows what is going on? I just want Josh to get well, whatever it takes. I don’t know anything about his personal life except that he is a drug addict, and he always will be. But millions of drug addicts get control over their lives every day and Josh can too.

    MAYBE — give him a couple weeks off to resolve whatever is bothering him? Do you think that would help?

    • paddles57 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Would your employer give you a few paid weeks off because you were havjng issues? I seriously doubt it. He’s a well paid professional so play and leave your problems at the door. Grow up Josh.

  23. ultimatehitcoach - Aug 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    at some point in life, you grow up & become responsible for your actions. this guy is obviously still in the process. good yuck with that.

  24. unlost1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    all because the hitting coach left:
    http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/2/7/2783907/josh-hamilton-accountability-partner

  25. stabonerichard - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    HBT is just crawling with luminaries in the fields of pop psychology & theology. Very impressive.

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