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08:13 AM ET 02.08 | Shayne Kelley hit the ground running, reportedly traveling with Josh Hamilton to New York City on Monday. [Kelley] has been hired by the Texas Rangers as a major league staff assistant, filling the role of Johnny Narron to serve as [Hamilton's] accountability partner. Kelley has no previous affiliation with Hamilton, but he came recommended by senior vice president of ballpark entertainment Chuck Morgan and Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the team received countless, unofficial applications for the position, but felt Kelley's history boded well. ... Daniels does not anticipate any disciplinary actions from MLB, and said it's "unlikely" the team would take any such action.

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February 8, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I'm not sold on Hamilton's sobriety, I think with his recent relapse he should be working on his inner demons rather than reporting to camp. Maybe 30 days in a sober living facility and therapy would be beneficial for him rather than putting a band-aid on the problem with a "Accountability partner"??

February 8, 2012  08:34 AM ET

accountability partner? Why not call it what it is........a baby sitter.

February 8, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Accountability Partner = a sponsor. If he's really good that will help a lot.

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February 8, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm not sold on Hamilton's sobriety, I think with his recent relapse he should be working on his inner demons rather than reporting to camp. Maybe 30 days in a sober living facility and therapy would be beneficial for him rather than putting a band-aid on the problem with a "Accountability partner"??

Alcoholism is a nasty, nasty disease ... relapses are very common, even for those that make it. It's no reason to "end his life". A sponsor is a requirement for AA. They are there because the alcoholic can't do it on their own. To me, they're doing the right thing although I might agree that a structured living environment might do him some good, just hard to do on the road. Give him a break ...

February 8, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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Alcoholism is a nasty, nasty disease ... relapses are very common, even for those that make it. It's no reason to "end his life". A sponsor is a requirement for AA. They are there because the alcoholic can't do it on their own. To me, they're doing the right thing although I might agree that a structured living environment might do him some good, just hard to do on the road. Give him a break ...

I wasn't cutting on Josh, I'm a fan but I really don't understand alcoholism? I was just thinking due to his recent relapse maybe a few weeks in a sober living facility would do him good.

February 8, 2012  08:46 AM ET

Good thing for Hamilton. There are plenty of demons.

February 8, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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accountability partner? Why not call it what it is........a baby sitter.

With every drink, a babysitter gets canned.

February 8, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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I wasn't cutting on Josh, I'm a fan but I really don't understand alcoholism? I was just thinking due to his recent relapse maybe a few weeks in a sober living facility would do him good.

That doesn't really do much to help the longtime alcoholic. A good sponsor is invaluable.

February 8, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Alcoholism is a nasty, nasty disease ... relapses are very common, even for those that make it. It's no reason to "end his life". A sponsor is a requirement for AA. They are there because the alcoholic can't do it on their own. To me, they're doing the right thing although I might agree that a structured living environment might do him some good, just hard to do on the road. Give him a break ...

The biggest problem Josh is gonna have is after his playing days are over. He's getting a ton of support from the team now because they have a huge investment in his talents on the field. Once his talents fade, he will be on his own like everybody else. He needs to get a hold of this on his own now the best way possible. Either way I wish him the best of luck.

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February 8, 2012  09:25 AM ET

His is a daily battle that he'll be facing for the rest of his life.

February 8, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I may very well be nitpicking, but sobriety is a daily challenge. He had a relapse a few years ago. I don't think going to a facility is the answer since he has already done this and having an "accountability partner" is a result of that. Its the same thing as having a sponsor, just in this case that person is with Hamilton daily.Addicts are going to struggle and they never stop their recovery. I have grown to like Hamilton over the past few years and I am glad he was candid about his relapse.

you're not nitpicking. You're right on.

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February 8, 2012  09:47 AM ET

While it's hard to imagine this being a problem with all the support he gets, alcohol addiction is nasty. My dad owns a bar and I've seen it make a mess of a lot of people at all levels and walks of life. When you hear stories of athletes drinking the night before games or practices I can't imagine how they function the next day let alone perform. Peer pressure, boredom on the road, not sure, hope he gets it worked out. He seems like a great guy. Wasn't there a story about him helping a family that was injured at the ballpark last year?

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February 8, 2012  10:17 AM ET

I think I'd hang myself if as an adult I needed a babysitter.

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