TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton's presence -- or, more specifically, past -- won't stop the Angels from continuing to make beer available to their players in the clubhouse after games, manager Mike Scioscia said on Friday.
The Angels provide only beer, and have not made hard liquor available under Scioscia. Over the last few years, to protect against the safety and liability issues that come with players leaving the ballpark intoxicated, the majority of teams have banned alcohol from the clubhouse. A Boston Globe survey in October 2011 said there were only 12 Major League teams providing alcohol to their players, including the Angels, who in 2009 had to deal with the death of pitcher Nick Adenhart at the hands of a drunk driver.
Major League Baseball lets the individual clubs decide whether or not to provide alcohol. The Rangers also allowed beer in the clubhouse while Hamilton was there, and the Angels don't feel a need to change anything, either.
"I don't think that's an issue," Scioscia said. "We've talked for a number of years about things, just for our players and what we can do to maybe help them with their environment, controlling alcohol and things like that. And it won't be an issue. Our guys are all responsible. It's not an issue with Josh."
Hamilton did have two publicized alcohol-related relapses during his five-year stint in Texas, though those incidents took place away from the Rangers' facilities. With the Angels, Hamilton has his accountability partner, Shayne Kelley, by his side. Other than that, Scioscia doesn't expect anything to really be different.
"His support group is there," Scioscia said, "and he understands one thing -- he loves playing this game. He'll be ready."