Scioscia disappointed with Hamilton’s comments …
Angels manager Mike Scioscia, like owner Arte Moreno, wanted more “accountability” from Josh Hamilton.
Speaking Tuesday, a day after Hamilton’s introductory press conference at Globe Life Park, Scioscia made it a point to say he was disappointed Hamilton didn’t show “at least a little remorse towards his teammates” in his first public comments this season.
“The one thing that I think is sad and I’m a little bit disappointed in is the fact that there wasn’t any accountability, most importantly to his teammates,” Scioscia said prior to the start of a three-game series against the A’s at O.co Coliseum. “If you look at how much support he got in that clubhouse, when he was struggling, whatever was happening – no one ever questioned Josh’s work ethic and him wanting to play well. He played hard. Nobody ever questioned that. I know he got a lot of support from the guys that are in that clubhouse. For him not to show at least a little remorse towards his teammates I just think is wrong.”
Asked to clarify what he wanted to hear from Hamilton, Scioscia said: “I’m just leaving it at that. I think I said it all.”
The Angels ended what became an awkward, contentious relationship with Hamilton on Monday, by sending him to the Rangers for roughly $20 million in savings over the life of his contract. Moreno didn’t want Hamilton playing for the team any longer and Hamilton himself had made it clear to the Angels for quite a while that he wanted to return to the Rangers.
While the process was unfolding, Scioscia continually expressed concern that Hamilton wasn’t getting the help and support he needed.
Apparently those concerns are still there.
“First and foremost, I’m still concerned about Josh the person,” Scioscia said. “We had a bunch of tests and counseling ready to support him, and make sure that he had the tools to come back and meet the rigors of playing baseball. And obviously with the trade, that has fallen on whatever Texas is going to do. But I’m concerned with Josh the person. I think that he needs to get that help and support, and hopefully he’ll find that peace.”
Asked why it didn’t work out for Hamilton with the Angels, Scioscia brought up many of the popular theories. Like the fact that he went on cleansing juice diet heading into his first spring with the team, prompting him to shed 30 pounds over the offseason.
“He just didn’t seem like he had the same thunder in his swing,” Scioscia said.
He also brought up the thumb injury that sidelined Hamilton for 10 weeks early in the 2014 season, after a hot start, and the logistics of moving to Southern California.
“There were spots when he looked like he was comfortable and playing well,” Scioscia said, “but at times it seemed like there was turmoil in his life.”
Through it all, Scioscia wanted to make one thing clear: The Angels gave Hamilton all the support he needed.
“It’s unfortunate that he had his relapse,” Scioscia said, “but I know we supported him in every aspect, of whatever his needs were.”
Scioscia doesn’t believe the situation became a distraction in his clubhouse.
“There’s a strong bond in our clubhouse, and guys support each other,” Scioscia said. “That’s the same support they gave Josh. That’s why I was disturbed when he never addressed that or said anything about the players.”