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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Josh Hamilton of Texas Rangers—Los Angeles Angels front office prevented me from talking to owner Arte Moreno

Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.

“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 10:56 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys around this club have said that they haven’t fully reconciled what went down in their minds. And a lot of players, not just at the top with Arte Moreno, are upset with Josh Hamilton that he never publicly thanked the Angels for paying him a ton of money. And he obviously didn’t hold up his end up the bargain, I understand he has demons, but he never publicly acknowledged his teammates or the Angels organization at all.”
 
“And the Angels are still on the hook for about $71 million of the $80 million still owed to him. So yeah, if you want to thank anybody, that’s who you should be thanking.”

“It became more about the Rangers bringing him back, and I don’t know if Josh Hamilton didn’t think it through or got poor advice, but in his situation, in my opinion, you need to spend some time apologizing to the Angels fans, to his teammates, and thanking the organization for what they ended up doing, not only initially, but sending him back to Texas”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hamilton Starts Rehab in Triple-A After ‘Long, Ugly Process’ - NYTimes.com

“It’s really a small miracle that I got back here because it was a whole, big, long, ugly process,” Hamilton said. “I feel like the Lord had his hand on it to get me back here. I feel like I’m in the place I’m supposed to be in now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2015 at 06:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Pedro Martinez Tells His Story - NYTimes.com

A few tidbits, including more stuff from Pedro’s new book.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: fred wilpon, josh hamilton, mets, pedro martinez, rays, red sox

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hamilton owes Angels an apology after relapse, subsequent trade

Heyman is taking over as editor of Halos Heaven.

It’s to the point where Hamilton is so convincing he doesn’t even have to try. And he hasn’t been trying.

In his Texas press conference, Hamilton never once took responsibility for causing the Angels a lot of heartache. Instead, what he said was Moreno should have known better. That strikes me as a very different message than the one he gave him when selling him on the $125 million deal, which is among the all-time worst from a team perspective.

Hamilton shouldn’t take big hits for his limp performance (31 home runs in two seasons in California). But it was more than a bit weird that the onetime 240-pound star showed up at his first Angels camp weighing 212 pounds. Maybe he was simply saddened to leave Texas, as others around the Angels say he seemed glum a lot of the time. Maybe he was homesick.

Whatever, he wasn’t the same player, almost from the moment he got to Orange County and donned Angels red. There once was an big Angels free agent, Lyman Bostock, so upset not to be living up to a big free-agent deal that he apologized and offered to give back part of the money.

Of course, people are different, times have changed and apologies are neither required nor expected for underperformance. But Hamilton created this year’s mess with his actions. When he relapsed, he might have shown more remorse. Or at least some.

Angels people suggested two things to Hamilton after the star admitted to the relapse. One was that he consider checking into rehab. The other was that he call Moreno to apologize.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, drugs, hot takes, jon heyman, josh hamilton, rangers

Stark - Worst free-agent signings of all time

1. Josh Hamilton (5 years, $125 million)
2. Mike Hampton (8 years, $121 million)
3. Melvin Upton Jr. (5 years, $72.25 million)
4. Manny Ramirez (2 years, $45 million)
5. Chan Ho Park (5 years, $65 million)

HM. Carl Pavano (4 years, $39.9 million with the Yankees)
HM. Jason Bay (4 years, $66 million with the Mets)
HM. Chone Figgins (4 years, $36 million with the Mariners)
HM. Gary Matthews Jr. (5 years, $65 million with the Angels)
HM. Andruw Jones (2 years, $36.2 million with the Dodgers)

Additionally: Jason Schmidt, Barry Zito, Denny Neagle, Kei Igawa, Shin-Soo Choo, A-Rod.

bbmck Posted: April 30, 2015 at 09:17 AM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, bad contracts, josh hamilton, manny ramirez

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

DMN: SB Nation fires Angels blogger for article that ‘crossed the line’ in ripping Josh Hamilton

Will Reason pick him up off of waivers?

SB Nation, a fan-based sports blogging website, fired a Los Angeles Angels blogger Tuesday for an article written about Josh Hamilton that founder Tyler Bleszinski said “crossed the line between fanaticism and good taste.”

Hamilton was acquired in a complicated deal Monday from the Angels. The Angels, according to Dallas Morning News sources, are taking on more than $65 million of Hamilton’s remaining $80 million salary.

The blogger, who writes under the pen name Rev Halofan for the blog Halos Heaven, wrote an opinion piece that, among other things, referred to Hamilton as a “coddled hillbilly” and an addict without accountability.

Hamilton has had well-documented problems with substance abuse, the most recent coming this offseason, which effectively signaled the end of his time in Los Angeles. The 33-year-old, who was a five-time All Star with the Rangers from 2008-2012, signed a lucrative deal with the Angels after the 2012 season.

Rev Halofan, who also was the site’s editor, also wrote Hamilton would die of a drug-related matter one day. He ended the piece with “Happy snorting,” referring to Hamilton’s past use of cocaine.

The blog was deleted before the writer was fired, but screenshots were captured an widely distributed beforehand.

SB Nation, which has more than 300 websites, is owned and operated by Vox media.

JE (Jason) Posted: April 29, 2015 at 11:37 AM | 141 comment(s)
  Beats: blog, josh hamilton, sb nation

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bill Plaschke: Angels drop the ball in dumping Josh Hamilton - LA Times

I wonder how much other players with drug problems will be impacted by this whole mess.

“I worked my butt off to be that guy this year going into this season with the Angels,’’ Hamilton said Monday. “They just didn’t want that to happen for some reason.’‘

You think?

Hamilton also challenge Moreno’s assertion that he was not accountable, saying, “I have no clue what he’s talking about. I showed up every day and played hard when I was there.’‘

He added: “[Moreno] knew what the deal was when he signed me. Hands down, he knew what he was getting. He knew what the risks were. He knew all those things.’‘

Moreno made his bed, and then he dumped it when the sheets became itchy, and if that doesn’t scare away prospective Angels free-agent prospects, nothing will.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2015 at 08:37 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fraley: Baseball history has plenty examples of why Josh Hamilton reunion won’t be as fruitful as before | Dallas Morning News

Gerry Fraley doesn’t believe in the Josh Hamilton acquisition.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Source: Angels close to trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers | FOX Sports

This sounds workable.

Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will relinquish some money to the Angels that had been due to him. Traditionally, the Major League Baseball Players Association has prevented proposed agreements under which players give up financial benefits in their guaranteed contracts. However, in this case the MLBPA apparently views playing in a state (Texas) with no state income tax as a benefit unto itself.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, April 24, 2015

Josh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com

No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 96 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Angels have a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton - LA Times

They are in no rush.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Angels teammates say Josh Hamilton is physically ready to play - LA Times

If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DallasNews: Why the Rangers should trade for Josh Hamilton

Alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet?

It’s not out of the question. It’s not crazy. Certain aspects of a Hamilton-back-to-Texas deal make a lot of sense.

I feel like Hamilton would be on the field enough, motivated enough that he would bring some punch to this team. And he would at least provide entertainment. That’s more than you can expect from most of this current Rangers’ outfield.

Why should they trade for him?  Apparently Tim Cowlinshaw thinks the Rangers haven’t alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels owner’s stance in Josh Hamilton case puts players in tough spot

Wilson said he agreed with columnists who have written the Angels would be treating Hamilton differently if he was playing like the five-time All-Star he was in Texas and not the disappointing and oft-injured player he’s been in Anaheim, where Hamilton hit .255 with 31 homers in his first two seasons.

“Some of the commentators had a lot of insight — if the situation was this, it would be turned around and be different,” Wilson said. “Josh went through the whole process with an arbitrator. It should just be about him rehabbing and getting healthy and playing baseball again. The fact is, it’s not.”

Wilson said teams add language to most contracts forbidding pla
“But it’s my understanding that the collective bargaining agreement takes precedent as it governs all of baseball on any contract,” Wilson said.

Teams will sometimes go to extreme lengths to enforce such language.

“When the Angels first signed me they hired a private detective to follow me around because they were mad that I was riding motorcycles,” said Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal before 2012.

Told of the accusation, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, “That is 100% not true.”

Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is smiling.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, josh hamilton

Friday, April 10, 2015

Arte Moreno won’t promise Josh Hamilton will play again for Angels

Angels owner Arte Moreno said Friday he might try to enforce contractual language he says protects the team from a substance-abuse relapse by outfielder Josh Hamilton.

The owner also would not say that Hamilton would play another game for the Angels.

“I will not say that,” Moreno said.

An arbitrator ruled last week that Hamilton, who reported the relapse, had not violated baseball’s drug policy and thus could not be suspended. Angels President John Carpino said it “defies logic” that Hamilton, who was suspended from baseball from 2004-06 after battles with drugs and alcohol, would not have violated his treatment program.

Moreno said he has not spoken to Hamilton since the outfielder reported his relapse to the league. Hamilton met with league officials in New York on Feb. 25….

Any contract language that supersedes baseball’s collectively bargained drug policy generally is not allowed. The players’ union released a statement to that effect It was regarding Moreno’s remarks.

“The MLBPA emphatically denies Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno’s assertions from earlier today that the Angels had requested and received the approval of the Union to insert language into Josh Hamilton’s contract that would supersede the provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement and/or the Basic Agreement. To the contrary, the collectively bargained provisions of the JDA and the Basic Agreement supersede all other player contract provisions and explicitly prevent Clubs from exactly the type of action Mr. Moreno alluded to in his press comments today.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, drugs, josh hamilton, suspensions

Monday, April 06, 2015

C.J. Wilson calls Angels statement on Josh Hamilton ‘kind of disheartening’

In fact, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register, many of Hamilton’s teammates were left speechless yet undeniably affected when the statement played over the TV in the Angel Stadium weight room. Speechless, with the exception of C.J. Wilson, who has a friendship with Hamilton dating back to their time with the Texas Rangers.

When prompted for a response to Dipoto’s statement, Wilson didn’t have to say much to say a lot.

Wilson called it “kind of disheartening,” before backing up a bit.

“The statement had multiple phases,” Wilson said. “I’m just going to focus on the last part of it, which was, ‘We are focused on Josh and his family.’ That’s the part that I agree with.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

Friday, April 03, 2015

Robothal: Josh Hamilton deserved better than the public trial he got

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am that we even knew that Josh Hamilton faced a possible suspension from baseball. The leaks, wherever they came from, violated the confidentiality that players are promised under the Joint Drug Agreement. And now that an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton did not violate the JDA by voluntarily informing baseball of his relapse, who will apologize to him for the public embarrassment and humiliation he has endured?

Baseball disagreed with the arbitrator’s decision and said in a statement that it will “seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process.” While baseball is at it, it also should address deficiencies in the manner in which Hamilton was possibly treated by his team and by his sport.

I’m not sure the Angels acted properly in confirming Hamilton’s initial meeting in New York. And the club went public again Friday, saying in a statement, “The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he has made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans.”

This, for a player who was deemed not to have violated his treatment program.

Lovely.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

ESPN:Arbitrator: MLB can’t punish Josh Hamilton

- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton cannot be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving alcohol and a drug of abuse, an arbitrator ruled Friday.

MLB said it disagreed with the decision made by an arbitrator appointed under its joint drug program with the players’ association. MLB said in a statement it “will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process.”

If your thing is gone and you want to ride on, cocaine
Don’t forget this fact, you can’t get it back, cocaine


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners removed from Angel Stadium entrance

With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How MLB Profits from Players with Addiction

Intentional or not, MLB’s steroid policy has been a massive money-saver for owners. In the Biogenesis case alone, $31 million in salaries were saved by teams. MLB even went so far as to threaten Alex Rodriguez with a lifetime suspension from the game, which would have saved the Yankees at least another $60 million on top of the $22 million the club retained in 2014—all before potential eight-figure luxury tax savings are accounted for. While suspensions without pay are far easier to justify for performance-enhancing drugs than they are for drugs of abuse, MLB and the Yankees attempted to go above and beyond the joint drug agreement in an attempt to bilk Rodriguez out of money he’s contractually-owed.

MLB needs to fix its incentives. It shouldn’t be hard. Just look at what the rest of the major sports leagues do with their suspension and fine money. Section 6 of Article VI of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement lays out a policy in which all fines and pay lost through suspensions are channeled to charity, with one half going to charities selected by the NBA Players Association and the other half going to charities selected by the league. The NHL directs its player fines to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, with a mission to help former NHL players who have fallen into poor health or dire financial straits. Similarly, all NFL on-field fines go to the NFL Player Care Foundation.

As for how things work in baseball? After 60 days in the drug program—according to the Los Angeles Times, it’s unclear if Hamilton exhausted these 60 days during his time with the Devil Rays in the early 2000s or not—a player is no longer entitled to salary retention even if he is in treatment. As such, a year-long suspension for Hamilton would save the Angels anywhere from just under $17 million to the full $23 million if MLB determines his treatment days have already been used up.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The power struggle over Josh Hamilton and why Rob Manfred needs to do what’s right - Yahoo Sports

If the entire world revolved around Josh Hamilton I would agree. All of us, including addicts, have responsibility for our actions. Although I hope Josh Hamiltion gets control over his addiction and MLB and the public are supportive of his efforts, it’s just not true that the issue is just about Josh Hamilton.

The Josh Hamilton case should be about his addiction and only his addiction. It’s what anybody fighting substance abuse deserves: The ability to remain sober with as few distractions as possible. The very last thing he needs is people with vested interests in his career twisting his problems into something about themselves. This is not about the Los Angeles Angels, not about Major League Baseball’s drug program, not about anybody but Hamilton and his disease.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

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