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Sunday
May172015

Hamilton: Angels Denied Me Chance To Talk To Owner Moreno

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(ARLINGTON) -- After the Angels essentially gave Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers, the Texas slugger paints a picture that insinuates Los Angeles never wanted him to begin with.

Hamilton signed a five-year contract with the Angels in 2010 and claims that despite numerous attempts to speak with team owner Arte Moreno, the front office often proved to be an obstruction.

"I told everybody from MLB to [manager] Mike Scioscia, even when I was there and wasn't playing in 2013, I wasn't being the guy that I was supposed to be," Hamilton said Saturday.

"In 2014, same thing. I tried to reach out to the owner, Arte, and talk to him and tell him, 'You know what? I'm working my butt off, and I want to be the guy that played against you for all these years.' I was always turned down by the general manager and team president. They said they would let him know."

 Hamilton said there same situation occurred after his relapse and surgery, when he wanted to talk to Moreno and explain that things were under control.

"Same thing after this incident and after surgery," Hamilton said. "I talked to [Angels GM] Jerry DiPoto. 'You know Jerry, I'd love to talk to Arte and reassure him that things are OK,' and he turned me down again.

"I did what I needed to do to be a responsible man and employee and reach out to him, and I was always denied that opportunity, so my hands are clean."


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Friday
May152015

Josh Hamilton Set to Return for Rangers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON) -- The return of Josh Hamilton to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is nearly here.

Hamilton is finalizing his rehab appearances in the minor leagues and the Rangers have stated that the former All-Star will travel to Double-A Frisco after completing his stint with Triple-A Round Rock Friday night.

Texas said it will evaluate Hamilton after games on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine if he is ready to return to the majors or needs more minor league work.

Hamilton is recovering from an off-season surgery to repair an AC joint. He did not participate in spring training.

The Rangers re-acquired Hamilton from the Angels on April 27 after two seasons into a five-year, $125 million contract with Los Angeles.


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Monday
Apr272015

L.A. Angels Trade OF Josh Hamilton to Rangers

Photos.com/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Los Angeles Angels dealt outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Halos are expected to pick up most of the $80.2 million remaining on Hamilton’s three-year contract.

The five-time All-Star is currently on the 15-day disabled list, recovering from off-season right shoulder surgery.  During spring training, he informed Major League Baseball officials that he suffered a drug relapse.

“Over the course of the last few weeks, it became clear that Josh wanted to return to Texas,” said Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto. “After several discussions with the Rangers, we were able to complete a trade that in the end is the right decision for everyone involved.”

Hamilton spent five seasons (2008-2012) with the Rangers, where he batted .305 with 142 home runs and 506 RBIs. He was named the American League Most Valuable Player in 2010 after hitting a league-high .359 with 32 homers and 100 RBIs.


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Friday
Apr242015

Report: Angels to Trade Josh Hamilton

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(LOS ANGELES) -- After two disastrous seasons with the Angels, Los Angeles appears poised to trade Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers, according to multiple reports. 

Hamilton, a recovering alcoholic and former drug abuser, suffered a relapse this offseason. He was facing at least a 25 game suspension until a five-person arbitration panel ruled that he would not be suspended. 

The day of the decision the Angels released a statement: 

"The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family.”

 The Angels signed Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million deal in2013 after he spent the previous five seasons with the Rangers. 

He never captured the same magic with the Angels that rejuvenated his career in Texas. The 2010 MVP, hit only 31 home runs in two seasons with L.A. -- he hit 43 in 2012 -- and his batting average steadily declined topping out at .263 in 2014. 


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Sunday
Apr192015

Josh Hamilton Files for Divorce from Wife

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas.

The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers.

The petition doesn't detail the couple's problems, but it cites conflict between them as a reason for the divorce. Hamilton has a long history of substance abuse problems and earlier this year he self-reported a relapse.

Hamilton outlined 34 requests in the petition. Among the requests: prohibiting his wife from using a Maserati and 1972 Chevrolet Blazer in his possession; prohibiting her from "hiding" the children from him; prohibiting her from making disparaging remarks against him or his family.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton last week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team.

Hamilton is not being disciplined by Major League Baseball for his relapse.


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Sunday
Apr122015

C.J. Wilson: Angels Hard on Josh Hamilton Due to Performance

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the ongoing saga between Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels, one teammate has publicly come out in support of the left fielder.

Left-hander C.J. Wilson says he believes the team would show more support for Hamilton if he had been playing better.

"If Josh was hitting .300 with 35 home runs a year, what's the situation?" Wilson told the Orange County Register on Saturday. "Obviously, that's the player that they want. That's the player they paid for."

The 34-year-old Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million contract with Los Angeles in December 2012 after hitting 43 home runs with the Texas Rangers the previous season. He hasn't reached that homer total in two years with the Angels, hitting 31 total. He has hit .255 with Los Angeles after having a .304 career batting average before joining the Angels.

Hamilton has not played this season. He is on the disabled list following February shoulder surgery and is not expected to be available to play until May.


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Saturday
Apr112015

Josh Hamilton's Future with the Angels in Doubt

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- Even though Major League Baseball will not discipline outfielder Josh Hamilton for his latest relapse into substance abuse, his future with the club is cloudy at best.

Angels owner Arte Moreno stated that Hamilton's contract contains certain language that protects the team against a relapse by Hamilton.

According to the player's union, no such language exists.

"To the contrary, the collectively bargained provisions of the [Joint Drug Agreement] and the Basic Agreement supersede all other player contract provisions and explicitly prevent clubs from exactly the type of action Mr. Moreno alluded to,'' the MLBPA said in a statement.

Reporters asked Moreno on Friday night whether Hamilton definitely would play again for the team. Moreno's response was, "I will not say that.''

Hamilton has three years left on his current contract that will pay him $83 million.

"It's not about money," Moreno said. "Nothing about money."

The former American League MVP has battled addiction going back to his time with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He overcame his dependency to become one of baseball's best hitters, but he hasn't produced during his time in Los Angeles and his latest relapse has his playing career in doubt.


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Saturday
Apr042015

Angels Prez Says Hamilton Non-Suspension "Defies Logic"

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Ca.) -- An independent arbitrator has ruled that Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton cannot be suspended by Major League Baseball after a reported relapse with cocaine and alcohol.

MLB said in a statement it "will seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process."

The Angels released a statement after the ruling, saying they will support Hamilton:

“The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans. We are going to do everything possible to assure he receives proper help for himself and for the well-being of his family."

Afterwards, Angels team president John Carpino and general manager Jerry Dipoto agreed with MLB and announced they were disappointed in the ruling of the arbitrator.

"It defies logic that Josh's reported behavior is not a violation of his drug program," Carpino said Friday.

Hamilton will start the season on the disabled list as he rehabs from offseason shoulder surgery.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Report: Angels Outfielder Josh Hamilton Suffers Cocaine and Alcohol Relapse

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a cocaine and alcohol relapse after having surgery on his shoulder, according to the New York Daily News.

Although Hamilton met with MLB executives in New York on Wednesday about a possible disciplinary issue, the team had no comment regarding the report Thursday.

"I'm not going to make any comment on any situation or information regarding Josh Hamilton," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He's not here in camp with us, he's at home rehabbing from surgery and we're going to leave it at that."

Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction. He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances. He even won the AL MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton is expected to be out until May with a shoulder surgery.

Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Angels Say Josh Hamilton Facing Discipline from MLB

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet with MLB officials on Wednesday in regards to a disciplinary issue.

Hamilton is expected to be out until May due to a recent shoulder surgery and he has not participated in the team's spring training in Arizona.  He's also been advised to stay at a friend's house in Houston while rehabbing from the surgery.

Hamilton was suspended from February 2004 to June 2006 due to issues related with cocaine and alcohol addiction.  He also had alcohol relapses in 2009 and 2012, but bounced back, leading the Rangers to back-to-back World Series appearances -- and he won the AL MVP award in 2010.

Hamilton signed a five-year deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.


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