Mike Scioscia: Josh Hamilton 'wrong' not to thank ex-Angels teammates

Wednesday April 29th, 2015

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia says that outfielder Josh Hamilton was “wrong” not to thank his teammates for their support during the time he was with the team.


Hamilton had a substance abuse relapse, but was not suspended by Major League Baseball who said he did not violate the league’s drug program.

Los Angeles dealt Hamilton to the Texas Rangers on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 

Hamilton has not played this season after having offseason surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. He is expected to be out until next month.

Scioscia said he was “disappointed” at Hamilton’s comments during his introductory press conference with the Rangers.

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"For him not to show at least a little remorse toward his teammates I just think is wrong," Scioscia said, according to the Associated Press. "It's unfortunate he had his relapse but I know we supported him in every aspect whatever his needs were. Just in hearing some of his comments, the one thing I think is sad and I'm a little bit disappointed is the fact that there wasn't any accountability most importantly to his teammates."

Hamilton said that the Angels “knew what the deal was when he signed me,” referencing his substance abuse problems. Los Angeles signed Hamilton to five-year contract worth $125 million in 2012.

The Angels will end up paying Hamilton $105 million of the deal, with Texas paying him only $6 million. The Angels say they have no issues with trading Hamilton.

"Why would it come back to haunt us?" Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We're comfortable with the decision here."

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