Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
--the personal history of Hamilton being one of them (though I think it's unfair to call him a drug addict as it seems he has put those demons behind him to this point)
Hamilton will stop being an addict the day his heart stops forever. It is what it is. there is no such thing as an ex-addict.
And we are talking hard stuff here. Hamilton is the very definition of "no prior comp". There has never been an athlete of his stature that became addicted to drugs the way he is and returned to a high level of play. Doctors don't even know what that drug use has done to his body. Hamilton's baseball track record prior to the trade was one half MLB season, and nothing above High A in the minors. We all know this. 2007 could have been a fluke and the Reds needed pitching. Volquez warts were more tangible. High K rate, but lacking control. That's something scouts and coaches see as "fixable".
Crack addiction, not so much.