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08:15 AM ET 02.03 | Once reported, news spread quickly that Josh Hamilton had a relapse in his quest to remain sober. According to individuals familiar with the episode, Hamilton drank alcohol Monday night at Sherlock's Pub & Grill in Dallas. Teammate Ian Kinsler also showed up at the bar for what appeared to be an attempt to persuade Hamilton to return to his home in Westlake. This was Hamilton's second alcohol-related relapse in three years. In January 2009, he drank to excess in a bar in Tempe, Ariz. A day after the 2009 incident, Hamilton informed his family, the Rangers and Major League Baseball of his transgression. He passed an immediate drug test and later participated in an MLB-mandated counseling program.

The Dallas Morning News

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February 3, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Hamilton has some severe inner demons, I really help for he and his family's sake he can learn from this and move on.

February 3, 2012  08:34 AM ET

C'mon man!!! Isn't this a contract year for him?

February 3, 2012  08:34 AM ET

It's a hard disease to conquer. The demons don't care who you are. I wish him and his family well.

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February 3, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Just another reason why the Rangers would be foolish to extend this guy long term.

February 3, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Just another reason why the Rangers would be foolish to extend this guy long term.

Yep. He's an 0-42 slump away from giving handys for crack rocks in a Rest Stop mens room.

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February 3, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Ian Kinsler was on hand to subdue the situation? That was quick. He's probably just letting off steam that his home run didn't win the series. He's entitled to a few.............and then a few more

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February 3, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Me thinks you don't really know how this works..... ;-)

Hey, Downey Jr received 50 chances, oh wait, then there was the jail time. Never mind

February 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Me thinks you don't really know how this works..... ;-)

Obviously he doesn't.

February 3, 2012  09:09 AM ET
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Yep. He's an 0-42 slump away from giving handys for crack rocks in a Rest Stop mens room.

That was him???

February 3, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Yep. He's an 0-42 slump away from giving handys for crack rocks in a Rest Stop mens room.

So what do you think about the Tribe picking up Kotchman?

February 3, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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Addictions can be nasty - and there must be more than accountability - it has to be a real desire to stay sober.... I hope he can get what he needs to stay on top of this.

I'm just going out on a limb here but I wonder how much the fans death is playing on his mind?

That would be hard on anyone, especially a recovering addict.

February 3, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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So what do you think about the Tribe picking up Kotchman?

I think it works out alright. He's got an average bat and, if the reports of a one-year, $3m contract are correct, they'll be paying him less than average.

He's also a good defender, which the Tribe could use with their ground-ball inducing rotation.

If Hannanan plays third, that makes a damn strong defensive combo on the corners. Conversely, the Tigers are talking about starting Cabrera at third and Fielder at first, which makes a ****ing pathetic defensive combo on the corners. Those two are going to be brutal to face one after the other.

I just want the season to start. Fifteen days until pitchers and catchers report.

February 3, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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So what do you think about the Tribe picking up Kotchman?

They would have been better off with Carlos Pena, IMO.

February 3, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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I'm just going out on a limb here but I wonder how much the fans death is playing on his mind?That would be hard on anyone, especially a recovering addict.

I don't think that bothers him. He also hit a fan in the head with a bat during the ALCS (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111012&content_id=2561 2958&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb).

He hates fans.

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February 3, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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They would have been better off with Carlos Pena, IMO.

For this year's record, you're probably right. I'm not sure they've closed the book on LaPorta's development, though.

 
February 3, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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I'm just going out on a limb here but I wonder how much the fans death is playing on his mind?That would be hard on anyone, especially a recovering addict.

Face it, and addict doesn't need an excuse. Even if his life were smooth sailing there is still nothing he would rather do than sit at that bar. Fact

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