Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan criticized Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton for giving up chewing tobacco during the season instead of waiting for the off-season.
"His timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn't have been worse," Ryan told Dallas radio program "Galloway and Company." "You would've liked to have thought that if he was going to do that that he would've done it in the off-season or waited until this off-season to do it. So the drastic effect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to that point in time that he did quit, you'd have liked that he would've taken a different approach to that. So those issues caused unrest, and it's unfortunate that it happened and the timing was such as it was."
Hamilton said in August that he felt his trying quit chewing tobacco was partly responsible for his second-half slump. He finished the season with a .285 average, with 43 homers and 128 RBIs. In the second half, his numbers were .259, 16 and 53.
Hamilton has had a very publicized issue with drug abuse, and the Rangers have been very supportive of him during his quest to remain clean. Which makes the criticism of his quitting tobacco curious.