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Has Josh Hamilton struck out of Rangers' future?

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08:18 AM ET 10.06 | Was it the final curtain for Josh Hamilton as a Ranger? After Friday's 5-1 loss to Baltimore in the AL Wild Card game, the soon-to-be-free-agent said returning to the Rangers was his first choice. But then he said more. Hamilton was booed while going 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts and a double play grounder in eight total pitches seen. When asked about the booing, Hamilton said it was "bad, pretty bad." He was asked how he responds to that and Hamilton, who often cites his Christian faith, said something about learning from the bible. The inquisitor asked if that meant turning the other cheek. Said Hamilton: "No. I think about bible verse that says if they don't receive you in town, then shake the dust off your feet and move on." In particular, he was referring to Matthew 10:14, which states: "If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet." Hamilton once again returned to saying he did not necessarily want to leave Texas. Hamilton officially becomes a free agent as soon as the World Series ends. The Rangers can now get started on a strategy about whether they want to pursue him or not.

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October 6, 2012  08:43 AM ET

He's been planning to move on for awhile now. No surprise here.

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October 6, 2012  08:55 AM ET

We the Rangers fans wanted Mr. October last night, and instead got Mr. March.

October 6, 2012  09:20 AM ET

He's been gone for quite some time - just look at his body language.

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October 6, 2012  10:13 AM ET

Before last nights game , he had 6 homeruns and 22 rbi in 33 post season games. Those are very good numbers facing post season pitching. That would average out to around 30 homeruns and 100+ rbi over a full season.

Who ya gonna replace him with if he goes?

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October 6, 2012  10:42 AM ET

hmmmm.....stupidmoron is strangely absent this morning. I wonder if his high level sources told him to stay in bed.

October 6, 2012  10:48 AM ET
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Before last nights game , he had 6 homeruns and 22 rbi in 33 post season games. Those are very good numbers facing post season pitching. That would average out to around 30 homeruns and 100+ rbi over a full season.Who ya gonna replace him with if he goes?

Several teams have looked around ant not spotted much free agent talent, other than Hamilton. Texas might have someone on the farm who can replace his bat, though. Olt maybe?

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October 6, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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Texas is a good offensive team. But, Josh was clear cut MVP at the all star break and a legit power hitter during the regular season and playoffs. He's getting a phat contract.

He'll get a decent contract, but he's fragile - both physically and mentally. I sure wouldn't want to put a huge amount of money in the hands of a guy who disappears from time to time.

October 6, 2012  11:06 AM ET

GREAT GAME!Now I do not have to listen to those LOUD MOUTH texas blow hards anymore.

 
October 6, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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tough though to let that production just walk out the door.....

Ya think? Rangers should have signed him up. Competing for the homerun title, now he heres boos? Go to the Tigers dude, they take care of their players, I hear.

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