Josh Hamilton's father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, decided not to accept the position as Hamilton's accountability partner due to "family considerations," the Texas Rangers announced Monday afternoon.
The club and the Hamiltons are discussing other options, but nothing has been decided yet.
The Rangers announced last week that Chadwick would take over that role, which was previously handled by Johnny Narron, who was also an assistant hitting coach with the team. Narron left this offseason to become hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Chadwick said Monday that it was "heartbreaking" to call Hamilton and tell him he couldn't take the job, but said he felt like he couldn't leave his family in North Carolina and travel with the Rangers and Hamilton for the 2012 season. He also believes that Hamilton doesn't need an accountability partner right now. But a source said Hamilton will have one for the 2012 season, it just hasn't been determined who yet.
"It was a tough, tough deal," Chadwick said. "I let my heart get away with me. I wanted to go and be there for Josh. But I've got a 17-year-old daughter at home that needs me too, and I'm a home builder and have a company here. I sort of put the cart before the horse. It was heartbreaking to call them and say, 'Guys, I can't do it.' "
Hamilton, who has struggled with alcohol and drug addictions, did say the past few days that he didn't feel he needed an accountability partner and even the club has conceded that Hamilton is in a different place now than he was when he was traded to Texas from Cincinnati prior to the 2008 season. When that trade was made, Narron also came over with Hamilton to watch over him on the road.
"I feel like I was fine to not have anybody, but at the same time, if it helps confidence with the organization to have somebody or Major League Baseball to have somebody, helps their confidence in me, than I'm all for it," Hamilton said Thursday.
Chadwick was a big part of Hamilton's past, helping him get on a better path and recover from his drug and alcohol addiction early in his career.
"I think he's got that tiger by the tail," Chadwick said Monday. "If him and I could be together, it would be awesome because we get along so well. And if I thought that was the case that he would be in some sort of danger, I'd really reconsider."
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.