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Rangers Hall-bound Hamilton talks life without baseball

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton will be inducted to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame, along with former Arlington, Texas mayor Richard Greene, on Aug. 17 before a game against Minnesota Twins, so get tickets now.

Now to the important stuff, catching up with one of the best players in Rangers history.

Hamilton, who hasn't been seen at Globe Life Park in three years, said on Monday that he is continuing to win his daily battle with addiction while trying to catch up on missed time with his daughters.

The five-time All-Star is a full-time dad when he has custody of his girls, and a rancher when he doesn't. He doesn't watch much baseball, but when he does he has to fight of the sensation that he could still be doing what he was so good at for six seasons with the Rangers.

Hamilton is never going to be a normal guy, but he's trying.

"I'm doing good," he said. "I've been making up for lost time with my girls, being dad."

 

The Rangers announced their Hall class for 2019 at noon sharp and made Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, and Greene, a driving force behind the construction of Globe Life Park and a Star-Telegram contributor, available on a conference call.

Hamilton did his from the tailgate of a pickup truck at a gas station between his ranch in College Station and his home in Tarrant County. He didn't seem bothered, or at the least tried to make the best of talking to the beat writers who wrote about the highs and lows of his career.

The numerous highlights are what earned him a place in the Rangers' Hall. In addition to the MVP in 2010, he won the AL batting title and the AL Championship Series MVP. It's hard to forget his performance in the Home Run Derby in 2008 or the four-home run game in 2012 at Baltimore.

He hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series.

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