Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol Monday night at a Dallas-area bar, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Hamilton is a recovering addict to drugs and alcohol, and had a similar relapse in January 2009.
For the Rangers, this is a shudder-inducing development. Hamilton, 30, usually has an "accountability partner," who remains with or near him at all times in order to ensure he does not backslide in his commitment to sobriety. Drugs and alcohol nearly ruined his life and derailed his career after he was selected first overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 1999 MLB amateur draft.
Hamilton is due to hit free agency after the coming season, and the team has talked about an extension with the man who won the 2010 AL MVP on their behalf. Such a deal would be a massively dangerous investment, and they need to avoid it unless on extraordinarily favorable terms. Here are 10 reasons Hamilton's a bad bet.