Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said that he wasn’t aware of Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s comments from Tuesday, and doesn’t want to know and doesn’t feel compelled to respond to them.
Scioscia told reporters that he was upset that Hamilton hasn’t shown any accountability toward his Angels teammates. Scioscia also said that the Angels didn’t tear down Hamilton’s support system, and that any decisions about that were made by the Hamilton camp.
“Just hearing some of his comments, the one thing that I think is sad, and I’m a little bit disappointed in, is the fact that there wasn’t any accountability, most importantly, to his teammates,” Scioscia said.
“If you look at how much support he got when he was struggling, whatever was happening … no one ever questioned Josh’s work ethic and him wanting to play well. I know he got a lot of support from the guys in that clubhouse. For him not to show at least a little remorse toward his teammates I just think is wrong.”
Hamilton said on Tuesday that he the only former Angels teammates he had heard from since the trade were C.J. Wilson and David Freese. He also noted that he had just seen a handful more when the Angels played at Houston earlier this month.
On Wednesday, he said that he doesn’t want to know what Scioscia said and doesn’t want to respond if he does learn of the manager’s words, which also included best wishes for Hamilton’s recovery from injury and his most recent relapse.
“I’d like to keep it that way so I don’t have to respond,” Hamilton said. “I don’t have to respond anyway. It doesn’t matter what he said. It’s of no importance. I’m not there anymore. I’m here, and I’ll try to do my responding the best way on the field against them.”
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