Angels react to Josh Hamilton news …

Josh HamiltonAs you’ve probably heard by now, Josh Hamilton will not be suspended for a drug-related relapse that occurred late in the offseason and, based on public statements, the Angels are not happy with the ruling. Jerry Dipoto took questions in a press conference for 15 minutes Friday, Mike Scioscia spoke about it pregame and several other players took questions, too. Not much is known right now, and this story will continue to evolve.

The Angels made it known that they’re disappointed in Hamilton, but their brass also said they’ll do whatever it takes to support him and the players expressed sympahthy. There’s no word on when Hamilton will rejoin the team, and there still isn’t much clarity on where he is with his rehab. He’s still in Houston working back from shoulder surgery, and he still hasn’t gotten into full baseball activities.

Below are some of the comments.

Jerry Dipoto, on how much responsibility the Angels hold …

“When Josh signed with the Angels in the winter of 2012, he came with a very well known and public story of addiction, a battle with addiction. We understood the complications that sometimes travel with that. We are not here to short sell the troubles or the reality of addiction. There is a responsibility, professional responsibility, to do the job you’re asked to do. Every player is going to be held to that standard, much in the same way every player is held to a standard to do my job. That’s just life. That’s the way it works. We have built an infrastructure that is very similar to what Josh had in Texas. We have brought with Josh the same people that he had in Texas. … We have had someone there with Josh, we have followed the same blueprint that was laid out for him with the Texas Rangers and that seemed to be so successful at the time. Don’t know what else we can do to accommodate his needs, as we’ve done with every other player. Every marriage that I know of is 50-50. I don’t know another way to do it. If you would like us to absorb 90-10 of the blame, then I think you’re wrong. … When we enter into these types of agreements with any player, whether it’s five years and $125 million or deals we’ve done with other high-profile players or the lowest-service-time rookie on the staff, you’re entering into a marriage with that player, and an agreement that he will be responsible and accountable for his actions — to his teammates, to his manager, to his staff, to his front office, to his organization to his public. Whatever happens off the field — with your family, your god, whatever you do — we all have those responsibilities. We have done what we can, in the moment, to support Josh. We have built infrastructures that are there to support him, and we feel no regret for anything we’ve done in that regard. And we will continue to do those things. We will continue to put systems in place that will aid both Josh and other players.”

Mike Scioscia, on today’s news …

“We’re going to take this process one step at a time. The most important thing is Josh, and getting himself where he needs to be. Addiction is a terrible thing and he’s trying to deal with that. Any time frame for when he’s going to be back in baseball activities, we don’t have. He’s going to still recuperate in Houston, see when he gets back in baseball activities, and we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.”

C.J. Wilson, on the Angels’ statements …

“The statement had multiple phases, and I’m just going to focus on the last part of it which is we’re concerned with what’s best for Josh and his family. That’s the part that I agree with; it’s the first thing I said when this came out, that my concern is with Josh and his family. From a performance standpoint, a super healthy Josh Hamilton is a great thing, a productive Josh Hamilton is a great thing, from an offensive and defensive standpoint. As well as a clubhouse standpoint. I feel like he’s a great guy. People like him. I don’t know how much I should read into prepared statements from other people at this point. Josh came forward, he admitted fault, and I think that’s a very manly thing to do in this day and age, when everyone’s trying to cover stuff up and buy people off. I think that just shows that Josh understands he’s under the microscope, and even if he makes a mistake he’s not going to hide anything.”

Albert Pujols, on the Hamilton situation lingering …

“Our main focus is to get to the playoffs again. We can’t bring distractions outside of this clubhouse. Obviously Josh is a big part of this organization, this ballclub. But whatever decision that Major League Baseball makes is their decision. It’s not our decision. Our decision is to try to stay focused and get ourselves ready for the season and make sure we don’t bring any outside distractions.”

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8 Comments

I hope he can do drug rehab and counseling in the off season when he is most vulnerable but since money is invested in him let him get back to playing after 2 more weeks of rehabbing the shoulder, we are that much better with him

Sorry but we’re much better without him.

Dipoto didn’t sign him Moreno did. Also Dipoto is the reason the team went to the playoffs last year. He worked his magic to get some pitching depth. I think he needs to stay.

DiPoto is a dipshit fire his ass

You could say the same thing about Hamilton…

For what? Wasn’t his decision to sign Hamilton. Dipoto has done a great job considering the meddling of the owner.

It seems the Angels are disappointed in the decision not to suspend Hamilton. It’s obvious they have invested big time in his services and have been left empty handed. I don’t blame them. He brought with him a lot of baggage, and they knew that, but promised to perform to his highest and best possibilities. Neither has happened. Investments sometimes are disappointing, but when a person takes the money offered and falls short, the responsibility is his. I hope Josh can get the help he needs, but he also has an obligation to his team, fans and himself to make good his contract. I wish him all the best, but integrity is what would be appreciated.

This is the same crap this guy put down in Texas the last 2 years he was here, always shirking his responsibilities, no acountabilty for anything. . Didn’t care about anyboby…. teamates, fans, organization, Nobody but Josh and his money…. I thew a party when he left town…. Dipoto has it right…he and he Angels have done everything thing they should have done for Josh,,, it’s time for Josh to do something for himself.

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