Good morning. As you may have heard, the best player of the Rangers' best teams was traded back to the team yesterday. So, yes, get ready for a bunch of links about Josh Hamilton.
But first, Randy Jennings offered up the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' impotent 3-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners last night
MLB.com's game recap notes that Yovani Gallardo pitched well in last night's defeat but that was pretty much the only thing that went right for Texas.
Katy Clarke recaps the loss with quotes from manager Jeff Banister on Shin-Soo Choo's startling descent to becoming Major League Baseball's worst hitter with a batting average of .096.
On the Josh Hamilton trade, Evan Grant writes that Hamilton is back with the Rangers because Texas is where he wanted to be.
Todd Wills writes that Hamilton was warmly received by his new/old teammates as team leaders Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, and Elvis Andrus spoke on Hamilton's return.
Anthony Andro writes that during Hamilton's press conference yesterday, Hamilton attempted to make amends with the fans he offended after signing with the Angels. But, then again, no one is reading this right now with so many mock NFL drafts to look at. Also, no, Josh Hamilton didn't quit on the Rangers in 2012. Stop listening to sports radio.
Jeff Wilson writes that Hamilton would be wise to keep his past in mind as he looks to move forward with the Rangers.
Tim Cowlishaw thinks that Arte Moreno let his money get mad and now Josh Hamilton is an inexpensive risk the Rangers can afford to take on.
Bob Nightengale observed that Hamilton looked like the charismatic Hamilton of old in his press conference but the Rangers are hoping they're getting a version of Hamilton that has learned from his mistakes and is ready for what amounts to his last chance.
Levi Weaver reminisces about the good ol' days with Hambone while realizing that tempered expectations are required for Hamilton's new chapter in Texas.
Tim Brown offers the Angels' side of the story and concludes that Arte Moreno proved coldly unwilling to live with a mistake.
Lastly, Dave Sessions previews tonight's contest between the Rangers and Mariners with J.A. Happ going up against the hapless Ross Detwiler.
Have a nice day.