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09:15 AM ET 03.31 | A week from opening day and the Rangers appear to have finally settled the biggest question that surrounded their every day lineup when they arrived at spring training. Josh Hamilton is going back to center field. Manager Ron Washington has made no secret of his belief that Hamilton is the Rangers' best center fielder. Hamilton has also indicated his preference would be to play center. Club officials, however, want to limit his time in center to avoid excess wear and tear on his knees. In giving him a recent heavy dose of center, it appears the governors have been removed.

Dallas Morning News

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March 31, 2012  09:44 AM ET

He's the best center fielder on the team.

Doesn't say much about the other guys at that spot...

March 31, 2012  11:22 AM ET

but hamilton would like to get back some positive feed back, regarding his long term deal, or do the rangers suddenly forgot about their promise??

March 31, 2012  11:23 AM ET

hamilton says,,,,, money talks that's the only motivation that has keeping him playing!!

March 31, 2012  11:34 AM ET

Bigger risk? Signing Manning or Hamilton. With his relapse I just couldn't pay Hamilton the money he's going to command unless there's some sort of out for the Rangers and you don't see that in baseball. I'd trade him. Manning's contract has some outs for the Broncos.

March 31, 2012  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's the best center fielder on the team. Doesn't say much about the other guys at that spot...

Stupid comment. He is an outstanding fielder.

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March 31, 2012  04:41 PM ET

Hamilton has been in superb physical condition -- year-round workouts. Fast and strong. The guy has an addiction. He's working to stay sober. He's very popular with his team-mates. Not sure why some folks feel the need to continually take asinine pot-shots at the guy -- some of which are pretty hateful -- unless they somehow think they're funny.

March 31, 2012  08:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hamilton has been in superb physical condition -- year-round workouts. Fast and strong. The guy has an addiction. He's working to stay sober. He's very popular with his team-mates. Not sure why some folks feel the need to continually take asinine pot-shots at the guy -- some of which are pretty hateful -- unless they somehow think they're funny.

+1

April 1, 2012  06:19 AM ET

....despite the choke last year, rangers are improved.....3 years running as the most talented team in baseball.....same period, hamilton is the best all around mlb player when healthy.....rangers should lock him up for 3 more.....ranger pitching is deeper and improved......more deals to come......no weaknesses....no excuses this year

April 1, 2012  08:15 AM ET

Hamilton is not only one of the best center fielders in the game but if you put him in left field, you take away David Murphy's bat. The position will eventually go to Leonys Martin but with a shot at a third straight WS appearance, you have to go with big hosses first.

I'm sure the physical abuse took it's toll on Hamilton's body but the primary reason he stays hurt is because he's a racehorse. Plow mules don't push the physical limits. They don't run into walls, slide head first or run at a sprinter's speed. Plodding is safe. Racing is pushing the envelope.

April 1, 2012  11:32 AM ET

Basic Training for Yankee Stadium!!!

 
April 2, 2012  01:00 PM ET

Hamilton is a a top 3 at the position, he is a workout machine, and the straw that stirs the drink in Texas. I hope he gets the contract, he deserves it with his hard-nosed play. The addiction issues are one thing, his committment to baseball isn't in question.

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