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  1. Josh Hamilton: don’t be like Whitney Houston, Mmm-kay?

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Whitney Houston

    Pop quiz, hot shot! You have a sports column due tomorrow and can’t think of a topic. Then, suddenly, a big national story erupts in a world that has absolutely nothing to do with sports.  You feel like it’s just too big a leap to make and you hesitate to try to squeeze a sports story…

  2. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 left fielders

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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    A couple of names I’m sure no one expected to see make the top 10 for left field: .957 – Ryan Braun (Brewers) – 419 AB – .994 in 2011 .914 – Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies) – 585 AB – .889 in 2011 .910 – Matt Holliday (Cardinals) – 582 AB – .912 in 2011 .868…

  3. Wait, how is Josh Hamilton not taking responsibility?

    Feb 10, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News went on TV yesterday and had this to say about Josh Hamilton‘s recent fall off the wagon: It’s time for Josh [Hamilton] to grow up. This thing about a week or so ago … he just cannot do that. But if also can’t wrap himself in the cloak…

  4. Josh Hamilton has a new accountability partner

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    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…

  5. Rangers put Josh Hamilton contract talks on hold after relapse

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The Rangers and Josh Hamilton were expected to do their best to get an extension done this spring, but those plans have changed now following Hamilton’s night out at a Dallas-area bar earlier this week. GM Jon Daniels and Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, confirmed the decision to put talks on hold to ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon…

  6. Josh Hamilton: “I had a weak moment … it was just wrong”

    Feb 3, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Hamilton presser

    Josh Hamilton just spoke to the media about his falling off the wagon on Monday night in Dallas. Hamilton said he had “a weak moment” Monday night. Brought on by “personal reasons, with a family member.”  He said he walked to a restaurant and had three or four drinks. He said he called Ian Kinsler.…

  7. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  8. Josh Hamilton’s sobriety is not a black and white issue

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

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    I am far from being any kind of expert on addiction. The vast majority of you would say the same about yourselves if asked in a vacuum.  Yet when a famous ballplayer like Josh Hamilton falls off the wagon like he did on Monday night, so many of us seem to have so many strong…

  9. Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy. According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night. It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers…

  10. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  11. Jon Daniels didn’t view Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton as an either-or situation

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Now that Prince Fielder is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers, many have assumed that the Rangers will step up their efforts to sign Josh Hamilton to a contract extension. While contract talks are expected to continue leading into spring training, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 103.3…

  12. The case of the Texas Rangers and the incredibly shrinking strikeout rates

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli

    One of things that really stood out when I was doing projections over the last month was how the 2011 Rangers had a bunch of guys that didn’t strike out anywhere near as much as usual. In fact, seven of their nine veterans with at least 400 plate appearances last season set new career-lows when…

  13. Rangers’ co-owner would rather keep Josh Hamilton than sign Prince Fielder

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Now that Yu Darvish is officially in the fold as a member of the Texas Rangers, much of the attention will shift to whether the club should also sign Prince Fielder. The Rangers will soon have plenty of money coming in thanks to their new television contract, but the reality is that they might not…

  14. Rangers GM says signing Prince Fielder is “very unlikely”

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    fielder getty brewers

    Rangers GM Jon Daniels addressed the speculation that his team might be a serious suitor for free agent slugger Prince Fielder after Wednesday’s press conference announcing the Yu Darvish contract. From MLB.com beat writer T.R. Sullivan: Jon Daniels, off camera, on the Rangers chances of pursuing Fielder: “I’m intimately aware of our budget and it’s very…

  15. If you’re the Rangers you pick Prince Fielder over Josh Hamilton, right?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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    There has been increasing talk about the Rangers being interested in Prince Fielder.  Today Richard Justice of MLB.com has a column talking about the ins-and-outs of that.  Particularly what it would mean for Josh Hamilton: Fielder’s signing would come at a time when Hamilton is approaching the final year of his contract. Last week, Hamilton…

  16. Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law will not be his accountability partner

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

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    It was announced less than two weeks ago that Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, would replace new Brewers hitting coach Jerry Narron as the outfielder’s accountability partner for the 2012 season. However, Chadwick has experienced a change of heart since the announcement, recently informing Hamilton and the team that he couldn’t accept the job. Here’s…

  17. Josh Hamilton won’t discuss extension during the season

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    If the Rangers want to luck up outfielder Josh Hamilton, they better get the wheels in motion. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 30-year-old slugger has informed the club’s higher-ups that he will not negotiate a long-term contract extension during the season — spring training included. So if the Rangers can’t…

  18. Michael Pineda addition a big win for Yankees

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Maybe there were no household names involved, but Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero is a huge trade, one that, at first inspection, appears to have been won by the Yankees. The Mariners picked up Montero after originally passing on him in a Cliff Lee deal in the summer of 2010. They chose the Rangers’ package headed by…

  19. Rangers hire Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law as the outfielder’s new accountability partner

    Jan 5, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: The Rangers have hired Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, as the 2010 AL MVP’s new accountability partner. Chadwick will handle part of the role that Johnny Narron vacated when he became hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason. Chadwick will travel on the road with the Rangers, watching…

  20. Josh Hamilton will continue tossing balls to fans

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

    Cooper Stone, Josh Hamilton

    Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a baseball for his 6-year-old son Cooper. The ball was thrown into the stands by Josh Hamilton, who later told reporters that he remembers the incident as though it was in slow-motion and could hear Cooper screaming for his…

  21. Nationals likely to start Jayson Werth in center field

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Washington has been searching for a long-term answer in center field since the middle of last season, but after once again coming up empty in their attempts to trade for a veteran general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that he’ll put the search on hold until next offseason. Rizzo noted during an interview with MLB Network…

  22. Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    napoli reuters

    The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million…

  23. Josh Hamilton is looking for a new “accountability partner”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Among other duties Johnny Narron has served as Josh Hamilton‘s “accountability partner” since 2009, but he left the team last month to become the Brewers’ new hitting coach and now the Rangers are searching for a new person to keep the former MVP in line on the road. “We’re working on it,” Hamilton told Richard…

  24. Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension. “I want to stay here,” Kinsler…

  25. Will the Rangers try to keep up with the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    The Rangers can come close to matching their AL West rivals; all they’d need to do is commit $150 million-$200 million to free agent Prince Fielder and then another $80 million-$100 million in the form of a posting fee and a contract for Yu Darvish. What’s the big deal? As things stand now, the Rangers are currently…

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