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More to Hamilton's on-field issues?

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08:21 AM ET 08.02 | Rangers manager Ron Washington took the occasion of a Wednesday radio interview to add to the intrigue surrounding Josh Hamilton. Over the weekend, Hamilton hinted that there was more to the prolonged slump or what was bothering him: "The frustrating part is dealing with (the media) and not being able to share everything with you guys. When the time is right, you guys will be right in the loop." On Wednesday, Washington said he was aware of the problem but that Hamilton is the only person who can address it, since he brought it up: ... "It has nothing to do with injuries. Josh is the one that made the statement and got all the inquiries going, and I think Josh is the one that has to put a rest to the inquiries, not Ron Washington. I can just tell you one thing: It is not because he's hurt."

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August 2, 2012  08:40 AM ET

Why would Washington bother dangling that bit of information if he is not allowed to elaborate? That comment is only going to lead to a flurry of speculation.

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August 2, 2012  08:44 AM ET

This guy Hamilton is a time bomb waiting to explode....tic..toc....tic..toc..tic..tic...

August 2, 2012  08:44 AM ET

This guy Hamilton is a time bomb waiting to explode....tic..toc....tic..toc..tic..tic...

August 2, 2012  08:45 AM ET

This friggin site blows...

August 2, 2012  08:46 AM ET

If I am a reporter in Big D it should not be hard to figure out Hamilton problem. They said he is not injured, you know he not broke, so the only thing left is old country classic - Tonight the Bottle Left Me Down.

August 2, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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If I am a reporter in Big D it should not be hard to figure out Hamilton problem. They said he is not injured, you know he not broke, so the only thing left is old country classic - Tonight the Bottle Left Me Down.

Or family problems--you would think if he was drinking he would just say "oops, fell off the wagon." Not talking about it sounds like it involves other people.

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August 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET

That was a great game last night, it proves that the bullpen rules or do they!

August 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET

What a dumb statement by Hamilton to put it out there.

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August 2, 2012  09:20 AM ET

It will be very interesting to see what Hamilton gets on the free agent market. Teams simply don't want to hand a former addict, who is still having some sort of emotional problems, $100 million. I hope the guy gets things together, but this guy clearly has some demons.

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August 2, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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It will be very interesting to see what Hamilton gets on the free agent market. Teams simply don't want to hand a former addict, who is still having some sort of emotional problems, $100 million. I hope the guy gets things together, but this guy clearly has some demons.

which is why he won't be back with the Rangers unless he takes a huge discount, otherwise he will probably get stupid Yankee money thrown at him. Yes..those demons win out more often than not.

August 2, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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cocaine's a hell of a drug..

so are women

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August 2, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Hamilton will get a big deal somewhere, but I don't think it will be in Texas.

There is only one place he will get a big deal.

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August 2, 2012  09:52 AM ET

......hambone will likely be out of the game within two years.......i guess there may still be checkbook champion wannabees around...but fewer and fewer...

 
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