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Question of the Day
Hamilton has made an inspiring comeback from the devastating depths of drug and alcohol addictions after being drafted and then getting hurt. He has openly told his story, including in the book “Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back.”
But this week while playing in Tampa, Hamilton felt he owed an apology to a few trainers and other officials who are still with the team that were there when he went through his troubles. Hamilton was part of the Tampa Bay organization until he was taken by the Cubs in the Rule 5 draft in December 2006.
“They were doing their job when I was coming up through there,” Hamilton said Thursday. “They were there for me and trying to help me, and obviously (there were) things I shouldn’t have done to interrupt the process. So just trying to make some amends for that.”
ONE AND DONE: Tigers manager Jim Leyland is not one to hide how he feels. So when he was asked what he thought about the possibility of adding another playoff round next year, he couldn’t help himself.
“I’ll get in trouble for this, because I am not in favor of a one-game playoff. I am not in favor of that,” Leyland said. “That’s probably going to happen, but I am not in favor of the one-game playoff.”
Leyland is a member of Commissioner Bud Selig’s special committee for on-field matters.One of the changes being explored is adding a wild-card team in each league, with the two teams with the best records after the division winners in each league meeting in a one-game playoff before moving on to the division series.
“I might not be on the committee tomorrow,” Leyland said with a laugh.
Selig has repeatedly said he will step down as commissioner when his contract ends next year.
He remains very much a part of baseball’s history in Milwaukee after he was awarded the Seattle Pilots franchise in bankruptcy court in April 1970 and moved it to County Stadium.
Under Selig’s watch, the Brewers reached the 1982 World Series and opened a retractable-roof ballpark, Miller Park, in 2001. Selig’s family sold the franchise to Los Angeles investment banker Mark Attanasio and his group of investors in 2004.
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