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Let's address the elephant in the room right away.
Josh Hamilton has a history of drug and alcohol abuse, which has nearly derailed his career. Recently, Hamilton has admitted to an alcohol relapse after three years of sobriety. Definitely an issue teams would prefer never to deal with.
What makes Hamilton different from other athletes in his fight for sobriety is that he is brutally honest with the media about his issues and displays commitment to continued progress. In such a difficult battle, what more could one ask for? He's no different from any other human with a history of addiction and abuse; it takes time to fix such an issue.
The New York Yankees, although they would prefer this weren't an issue, can rest assured that Hamilton's ability to address his own off-the-field issues reflects his on-the-field ability and consistency. Sure there are holes here and there, but Hamilton isn't the type to try and sugar-coat reality, something a few Yankees could learn from.