Hamilton, the former Texas Rangers star, did not ask the Angels to change their policy after signing a five-year, $125-million deal in December.
“We’ve talked for a number of years about what we can do to help players with their environment, but we don’t think it will be an issue,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the team’s first full-squad spring-training workout Friday. “Guys are all responsible.”
The Angels do not allow hard liquor in their clubhouse. The Rangers allowed beer in their clubhouse during Hamilton’s five years in Texas, but when they’d clinch a division title or win a playoff series, they had a special ginger-ale celebration with Hamilton before moving on to champagne and beer.
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