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Did the Angel Relapse?

The halo around the “A” is almost like a target on his back. I am not sure what to make of this story. At least not until all of the facts come out, if they ever do. Anaheim Angel outfielder Josh Hamilton may be in trouble again. As most of you know, Josh had a very troubled past before he stepped up to the plate as a member of the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999. He abused his body with drugs and alcohol, which he admits to. Yet received a second chance and was still able to play professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and now the Angels. Not only was he given a second chance, but he has made over $60 million dollars during that second chance, and is owed an additional $90 million dollars over the next 3 years.

But, it is being reported by several credible sources including John Heyman and Ken Rosenthal that Hamilton is currently in New York speaking with Major League Baseball. Hamilton has appeared to have relapsed with his drug of choice being cocaine. Evidently, he did not fail a drug test, he apparently admitted his transgressions to MLB on his own. Hamilton is drug tested three times per week by MLB, as part of the agreement that saw him reinstated to the league eight years ago.

Rosenthal tweeted out yesterday that he asked a baseball executive if Hamilton was being seen on a PED related charge to which that executive simply replied, “worse.” It’s still unclear whether “worse” means worse for Hamilton from a penalty standpoint, worse from a health standpoint, or worse from whatever morality-based standpoint you could imagine MLB taking when it comes to PEDs. Heyman is also reporting that Hamilton has agreed to enter himself into a treatment program.

Here are some questions to ponder about this sensitive information. Does MLB go easier on him because he was honest? Does MLB pay for his treatment plan? Does he still get paid by the Angels while he is in the treatment plan? He is currently out of action because of having shoulder surgery. If MLB suspends him, should the suspension begin after he is cleared to play baseball again?

This is a sad situation, that may have an even worse ending. He does have a huge target on his back because of how he changed his life around and his new found religious beliefs. But, he also drew that target on his back with his previous life choices.

One Comment

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    March 3, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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