No one of note has knocked the Texas Rangers‘ chances of contending in the American League West this year after the departure of Josh Hamilton, but club president Nolan Ryan still felt the need to reiterate his confidence in the team. He said this week the Rangers will be just as much of an AL West contender as they were with with Hamilton. Sure, he said the nice, politically-correct things he was supposed to about Hamilton, but he knows the truth just like the rest of us: Hamilton was more of a liability than an asset.
During his five years with the Rangers, Hamilton never played a full season. He missed significant time during each season due to injury and/or off-the-field issues, which became more of an annoyance than anything else to over the course of his tenure in Texas. Sure, he belted a ton of home runs, but he wasn’t the only part of the Rangers’ lineup that helped the team to back-to-back World Series appearances and he definitely wasn’t a leader in the outfield.