Could Josh Hamilton Return to the Texas Rangers As A Coach?

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Josh Hamilton (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 11: Josh Hamilton (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Slugger Josh Hamilton was signed by the Texas Rangers last season, but sadly he was unable to play. Injuries have basically put an end to Hamilton’s playing career, but does he have a chance at a coaching job?

The Texas Rangers released outfielder Josh Hamilton in April after the slugger needed another right knee surgery. He was on a minor-league deal, but was unable to get on the field due to knee issues.

At this point it’s safe to say that Hamilton’s playing career is just about over. He hasn’t officially retired, but plans to evaluate the situation after he’s healthy. The 36-year-old hasn’t played in the Majors since 2015 with the Rangers.

Hamilton’s playing career might be over, but he’ll go down as one of the best hitters in Rangers history. He won an MVP along with five All-Star selections and three Silver Sluggers as a member of the Rangers organization.

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His playing career in Texas only lasted six years, but he managed to put up phenomenal numbers. Hamilton hit .302 with 150 home runs and 531 RBI during his six seasons in Arlington. He was seemingly an unstoppable force during his time with the Rangers.

Sadly his playing days are likely over, but his time in Arlington might not be just yet. There is basically no chance of Hamilton returning as a player at this point. He could be a very successful hitting coach though, and that is something the Rangers should explore.

Injuries and off the field issues hindered Hamilton during his playing time. He still managed to win an MVP, and be one of the most productive hitters in the Rangers history. There is no doubt that the young Rangers sluggers like Joey Gallo could learn from a guy like Hamilton.