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Rangers GM: Josh Hamilton hasn’t been at his best

Oct 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

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While the Rangers downplayed the idea that anything happened between manager Ron Washington and center fielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout during Wednesday’s season finale, GM Jon Daniels admitted that his former MVP is struggling some at the moment.

Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com has the quotes:

“It’s easy to pick out one guy, but it’s been more than that,” Daniels said. “Has Josh played his best? No. Did he have an unusual injury? Yeah. I think the focal point of media, fans and some of us was the popup yesterday in center field.

“That contributed to the loss, but that’s not why we lost the game. Josh struggling is not why we’ve slumped the last two weeks, but it certainly contributed. The reality is there’s no one reason why we’ve had a rough two weeks. We’ve got a clean slate right now, go out and play tomorrow and win.”

Washington had an exchange with Hamilton in the dugout Wednesday after Hamilton missed a popup in center field, giving the A’s in two runs in what had been a 5-5 game. The Rangers went on to lose 12-5, which cost them the AL West title.

“There was no issue with Josh and I, I don’t care what you’ve seen on the camera,” Washington said. “I’m the manager. I’m allowed to ask questions.”

Hamilton went 10-for-39 with no homers, four RBI and a 17/0 K/BB ratio in the Rangers’ last nine games, seven of which were losses. Miguel Cabrera overtook him for the home run title on his way to the Triple Crown.

  1. historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Way to work triple crown winner Miggy Cabrera into a Hamy story.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Someone has to. He’s not getting any press otherwise.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:06 PM

        Not hating. It cracked me up. You guys should end all the stories today this way, just to be smart asses.

      • cur68 - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        These guys are already smart asses. Don’t encourage them further.

      • thehypercritic - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:47 AM

        Smartassery is a good thing in commentary/analysis

  2. xjokerz - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    yup… more proof that there is no respect for miggy..probably because he cant speak perfect English

    • hardballtalkusername - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      He’s got a helluva smile in mug shots though

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    That missed pop up was disgraceful. He should have been benched for his lackadaisical effort on the play.

    • doubleogator - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Sun got in his eyes

      • jm91rs - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:11 AM

        Didn’t he once talk about having vision problems at the plate during day games? I’m wondering if there is something up with his eyes not adjusting right to the sun.

  4. papichulo55 - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    GM needs to shut it! The successful players learn to totally erase yesterday, win or lose. The last thing they need is for their GM to talk to the Media about a much needed, soon-to-be free-agent star outfielder..

    • natslady - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      I SO agree. Way to encourage your players! Unless you are benching him, shut up. Or say he’s on of our most talented players who contributed a lot to getting to the postseason.

      • moogro - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        Yes.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      They did this kind of thing earlier this season too, so I take it as a gentle hint that they aren’t bringing him back next year.

    • jm91rs - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:12 AM

      Hamilton seems like he needs to be coddled a lot. Speaking about him negatively will either drive him away from the team in free agency or he’ll shut it down before the post season gets under way.

  5. thebadguyswon - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Josh Hamilton….coming to Boston or NYY in 2013.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      I was thinking the Brewers.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Hamilton and Braun would be an interesting combination. A lot of ammunition for bloggers in that pair.

      • jm91rs - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        That would be ridiculous to have those 2 in the same lineup. Sorta like what Cincinnati missed out on with Votto/Hamilton when they gave him up for Volquez.
        Just reading how much Hamilton thought Texas was better than Cincinnati as far as the team being welcoming, etc, it seems like he’s a pretty needy player when it comes to emotions. I know he and his wife have said there will be no discount given to the Rangers, but I think they’ll rethink this when the time comes to sign on the dotted line.

    • bw1980 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      I think Boston would be a terrible idea. As a Red Sox fan, I can tell you that he’s not going to get the kiddy gloves if he’s struggling and given his fragilities, I don’t think Boston is a good place for him.

      Too bad Salt Lake City doesn’t have a professional baseball team. It would be the best place for him.

  6. lazlosother - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Sounds to me like he was asked specifically about Hamilton, and gave an honest answer. He acknowledged Hamilton hasn’t been his best of recent without throwing him under the bus. No real story here, move along.

  7. randygnyc - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    No way is Josh coming to the Yankees. THERE IS NO CHANCE. Besides the character flaws, which NY avoids like the plague (and of which are innumerable), yanks will not take on 20MM+ types of contracts any time soon. They must get under the $189MM luxury tax threshold by 2014.

    I expect this is Josh’s swans song with the rangers, too.

  8. missingdiz - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    BW,

    Salt Lake City does have a professional baseball team, the Angels’ AAA team, the SLC Bees. OK, silly name, but Mike Trout played here early in the year (actually his name is a bit silly too–not his fault). You can drink beer (just 3.2 alas) at the ballpark. There are actual bars in town where you can drink almost anything you want. Some people smoke (various things). Basically one can have all the fun and get into all the trouble here just the same as anywhere with just a bit more moralizing going on in the background than, say, NYC, but no more than the south (where I’m from). There are also great clubs for rock and roll, a terrific symphony, and an unbelievably good ballet company, while I’m at it. Now, if you missed the news, even Mormons can drink soft drinks with caffeine. I’m sure Josh Hamilton would be welcome here, but he would have the same temptations he faces everywhere else. I suggest he emulate Dusty Baker (welcome back!) and stick to toothpicks.

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