Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has reportedly suffered a relapse. Hamilton is coming off arguably his best season yet, leading the Rangers to their second consecutive World Series appearance while still fighting injuries sustained due to his high octane level of play.
Reports are stating that Hamilton was seen in a Dallas area bar on Monday, and phoned a friend for a ride home. Hamilton’s battle with with drug and alcohol addiction are well known, keeping him out of baseball from 2004-2006. Seeming to have finally overcome his demons, Hamilton had an MVP caliber year (.298/25/94) despite missing 29 games and almost the entire month of September.
Although not much is to be made of this story, baseball fans can only hope it doesn’t lead to anything more significant. This marks Hamiltons second relapse. In early 2009, he drank to a point of heavy intoxication in a Tempe, AZ bar.
Hamilton is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2012 season, and is reportedly seeking an Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder type contract. Somewhere in the 8-9 year, $200 million dollar range.