Josh Hamilton is Headed to the Angels, So Local Sports Writers Will Need to Find Someone Else's Character to Question

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Josh Hamilton has been the cornerstone of the Rangers for the past four years, leading them to the first to World Series berths in franchise history. He wormed his way into our hearts with his stellar play and heartwarming triumph over adversity, then immediately tried to worm his way back out with brief relapses into drunkenness, a slight if stubborn prima donna streak, and a late-season penchant for playing execrable baseball at key moments.

No longer. ESPN -- and basically every other sports outlet by now -- is reporting that Hamilton has signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the division rival Los Angeles Angels.

That's a lot of scratch, more, evidently, than the Rangers were willing to part with. Whether spending that type of money on Hamilton is worth it depends completely on whether he plays like good Josh Hamilton or demon-haunted Josh Hamilton, but his departure is a loss for the club. But the big losers here are local sports writers, who spilled endless amounts of ink questioning Hamilton's mental toughness and his commitment to baseball. They'll have to find someone else to write about now.

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ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Its LA, he wont be able to take a shit in his own house/apt without someone taking a photo.  I predict an epic Josh meltdown, wonder if he has a morality clause in his contract, surely LAA wasnt dumb enough to give 5 yrs and not have that.  As for what this means for the Rangers, welp we just got younger at that position.  The kiddos get to play this year, I dont think its reasonable to expect this team to win the division or even make the playoffs.  I like how we went from a possible reported outfield of Cruz Hambone and Upton to Cruz, Martin and Murphy

Double-O-Joe
Double-O-Joe

My main question:  Will the Angels be as willing as the Rangers were to hold Josh's hand?  Is he going to have someone yanking the leash when the wheels start to fly off?  Sure, it's easy to stay out of trouble in the Bible Belt, but what's going to happen in SoCal?  I'm not one to revel in the misfortunes of others (sometimes), but this has the potential to be a truly massive train wreck.

quash8
quash8

Local sports media will have plenty to write about without Josh Hamilton, and I suspect less will focus on character issues.  Or are you really suggesting that the character issue was a product of the media?

Storm_71
Storm_71

On the bright side you don't have to worry about getting hit in the face with a bat at Ranger games this year.

Storm_71
Storm_71

You mean Richie "Dez to the IR" Whitt did not predict this last week???

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You couldn't just report the deal, Eric? You're no better than the snark you dispensed against other writers.

The Angels are going to have quite a bit of money on the books in 2016, 17, and beyond that they're going to regret. I hope he and CJ can fly planes together when they're on the DL concurrently.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Loved him while he was here, until this season.  He checked out as soon as we didn't win Game 6 against St Louis and last year was ridiculous by even Josh's levels of absurdity.  Love how the Angels keep signing our seconds, good luck keeping your eyes on Hambone for the next five years Scoscia!! Good effing luck with all that.

JustSaying
JustSaying

5 years 125 is too much for Josh. If he had that offer from Baltimore, Seattle, or Milwaukee, then the Rangers would have let him walk without even thinking about matching it. But the Angels? Thats the one team that they would have matched. That is worst case scenario for Rangers fans. Texas loses the bats of Josh and Napoli while the Angels just added Josh to Trout and Pujols.

I'll be interested to see what they do now. Arizona just got all the leverage in a deal for Upton. Swisher would be a consistant bat from both sides of the plate but he can't hit in the postseason. What does that leave? Bourne?

I'm also interested to see if the Rangers front office, in an attempt to spin, finally reveal just exactly how much of a pain in the ass Josh truly was behind the scenes.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

If we sign Michael Bourn, it could be an outfield of Michael, Martin, Murphy! Wildfire!!!! (Norm laugh, shoot me!)

Also, I predict Katy Hamilton will file for divorce before the end of the season. (Eff the Angels, Josh, Ceej and Pujols!--Long live Warsh, Kins, Lil E and the Profarsor!)

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

I've noticed you continuing the good fight sir, keep on keeping on!

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Joshwillbatforfood Fuck, I didnt even think of the most important aspect of Josh's departure to the Angels. That being what does this move mean for your screen name and avatar? Have you been contacted by anyone at the MLB network yet?

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

@JustSaying 125 ain't the problem, 5 years is. Napoli had a career year in 2011and his body is in bad shape.

Upton has a chronic shoulder condition I'm convinced. It's the only logical reason Arizona is so desperate to ship him.

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Looks at Josh's stats withuot Josh's name attached to them and 125 over 5 is damn reasonable..but once you attach his name to the stats...um, yeah..

Can't wait to hear all the sordid details now that Mr. God Fearing is gone, and lets all remember that Josh screwed over Kins last off season too. 

I agree that we may of matched only one offer, and that would of been LAA's...but kinda glad he didn't shop it to us.  Don't want Upton, Swisher or Bourne..want the kiddoes to to be thrown to the wolves...without any stopgaps holding them up.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Joshwillbatforfood gawd, they dont need Bourn!  Just roll with this or trade the farn (not jurickson) for Giancarlo Stanton

Storm_71
Storm_71

I can't help myself it's such an easy target.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

@looptwelve @Joshwillbatforfood After that streak of homers is when he checked out. If you remember both sides were talking up to the Sherlock's incident. When Josh saw that even that power spurt wasn't going to reopen negotiations he knew his time here was done.

He is an extreme type of guy in life as most addicts are. Everything is black or white. Either he's in or he's out. It's not a conscious thing, he doesn't all of a sudden say it but his emotional response does.

I'll always remember one of his early interviews here when he said he didn't really like the game of baseball,the history or the strategy. It was simply a case of him being very good at it.

He will quit on the Angels faster than he did the Rangers. The problem for them is he will still be under contract.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@ScottsMerkin That's the guy that I was thinking about, too. He is the best homerun hitter in baseball and he is pissed at his current team for the fire sale. Miami is just the team that would take cheap young prospects for their only star. If the Rangers could pull off a trade for Stanton people would forget all about Josh.

What kills me is how everyone seems to think Jon Daniels is some kind of genius. What good trade or move has he ever made that any other GM in the league would not have also made? Atlanta made a dumb move for Tex. Anyone would have signed Beltre. The Hamilton trade for Edinson Volquez was two teams flipping two problems. I mean, I dont get it. The dude is an average GM at best. He just got labeled a genius because he was handed the most lopsided trade in recent history on a silver platter from the Braves.

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