Josh Hamilton#32, LF, LA Angels
- May 21, 1981
- Birth Place:
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- 1999 1ˢᵗ round (1ˢᵗ pick) by the Tampa Bay Rays
— Player Notes
Advice: The report states that MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for admitting to his offseason cocaine relapse, and are determining whether that would be a 25-game sentence (the recommended length for a first-time offender) or a year-long suspension (designed for fourth-time offenders). The players' union is arguing for only 15 games. Also to be determined is whether Hamilton will be placed into drug rehab, a decision which carries big financial implications. If he is suspended and not in rehab, Hamilton will not be paid. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017.
More: FOX Sports8 hours ago Rotoworld
Advice: The panel, which consists of two attorneys and two physicians, is at a deadlock. As a result, an arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. A source also said officials are determining whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, a penalty that normally carries at least a one-year suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred would still have the final say on a potential suspension's length. A decision wasn't expected much before Opening Day, and it's unclear at this point how long the process will take with the extra steps now involved. Stay tuned.
More: Los Angeles TimesThu, Mar 5 Rotoworld
Advice: That's meaningful because Hamilton is also in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, so the recovery and his suspension could coincide. In fact, there's a chance that Hamilton could actually end up serving his entire suspension, whatever it may be, while rehabbing. A decision on a potential suspension isn't expected anytime soon, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
More: Angels.mlb.comWed, Mar 4 Rotoworld
Advice: Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober.
More: Jeff Fletcher on TwitterSat, Feb 28 Rotoworld
Advice: The report says that commissioner Rob Manfred is "not close to a decision" due to "various complexities" in Hamilton's case. While Hamilton's relapse this offseason is not considered his first major league violation (he was on the Rays' 40-man roster from February 18, 2004 through June 1, 2006), MLB is considering "showing compassion" for the outfielder because they "have a favorable view of (his) efforts to remain sober." Hamilton was already due to get a late start to the season because of shoulder surgery.
More: FOXSports.comFri, Feb 27 Rotoworld
Advice: Heyman says Hamilton turned himself in and that, if true, he would be put in a drug program as a first-time offender. Without a positive test, it's unclear how MLB could suspend Hamilton for the incident. Reports were that the 33-year-old had a meeting with MLB Wednesday to discuss what happened. More should be known shortly.
More: Jon Heyman on TwitterFri, Feb 27 Rotoworld
Advice: The executive said it's "worse" than that. Hamilton was summoned to New York City on Wednesday for a hearing with MLB officials and the Angels are said to be bracing for a serious penalty. It's silly to speculate before more information is revealed, but we must note that Hamilton has a well-chronicled history of drug and alcohol addiction. This is trending in a very concerning direction. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017.
More: Ken Rosenthal on TwitterWed, Feb 25 Rotoworld
Advice: That doesn't sound good. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed to DiGiovanna that Hamilton was in New York to meet with MLB officials, but wouldn't go into any details about his situation. "I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," said Dipoto. "At this point I have no other information to offer." While there's nothing to indicate that there's a connection, Hamilton has had past issues with addiction for cocaine and alcohol and is drug tested three times a week. He had been working out at a friend's ranch in Houston and doesn't have a locker with his name on it at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona.
More: Los Angeles TimesWed, Feb 25 Rotoworld
Thursday, March 5 - (Preseason)
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