osh Hamilton said in June that he was attempting to stop his use of chewing tobacco. The process wasn't an easy one for the 2010 AL MVP and it Rangers president Nolan Ryan believes it affected his play.

According to a recent radio interview, Nolan said Hamilton picked the wrong time to stop his habit.

"His timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn't have been worse," Ryan said Tuesday on 103.3 KESN-FM in Dallas. "You would've liked to have thought that if he was going to do that that he would've done it in the offseason, or waited until this offseason to do it. So the drastic affect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to that point in time when he did quit, you'd have liked him to have taken a different approach to that."

"So those issues caused unrest, and it's unfortunate that that happened and the timing was such as it was," Ryan said.