Ian Kinsler Really Hates the Texas Rangers

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There may have been a few Rangers fans who mourned when the club traded longtime second-baseman Ian Kinsler, but for most, his unreliable glove and mediocre performance at the plate far outweighed whatever goodwill his boyish good looks might inspire. Plus, we got Prince Fielder.

But while Rangers fans may have moved on, Kinsler has not. Currently making the local sports-media rounds is this ESPN The Magazine profile of the Detroit Tigers' new second baseman.

He's bitter, still fuming about how the Rangers handled his trade (there was "no remorse"; he learned of it from a reporter's text message); how they treated Michael Young; and how general manager Jon Daniels deposed Nolan Ryan as the club's leader ("Daniels is a sleazeball. He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out.").

No surprise then that he wants to see the Rangers fail and fail hard. "To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162."

He's entitled to his opinion. And we're entitled to keep watching this on a loop:

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whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

I'm guessing, he does not want the players to lose, per se, but would like to see the management team crash and burn.

dingo
dingo

Kinsler 2013

7 HR in the first 1.5 months

ribcage injury

6 HR in the last 3.5 months

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Being Mike Young's protégé, you'd think that Kins would've embraced the leadership role he was given..but also being MY's little buddy probably made him start fires to get shipped out.


If JD was dick he would've told Warsh to stick Kins ass in RF or 1B period, end of discussion.  But JD handles stuff like this in the offseason, same with Nolan..Ceej and Hambone.


Trust in JD, always remember that sheeple! This thing sucked ass prior to his arrival for all but two years in their history.  Need to spend some money and get some pitching up in here though (jokey joke!)

strathound
strathound

You know ... I always liked Kinsler. I think it's unfortunate that he said the things he said to the media. But I understand it was said in frustration about the way things went down. I'm going to try to keep it classy and wish him the best in Detroit. Thanks for the memories Ian. 30 years from now when we make it to the World Series again, we'll have a new set of heroes. Until then ... stay hard. 

boogerleo
boogerleo

He chose not to be a leader. I dont like the way the Rangers broke the news to Ian, but he was already 2 strikes on him for leadership and being a team player and changing positions. Ian received a $75MM contract from the Rangers and is set for life. It was frustrating wathcing him get picked off on numerous occasions last seasons as he was not smart on the bases. While a fan favorite here - he is tring to put himself in the CJ Wilson/Josh Hamilton "dislike" range! i would be mad if shipped off to the garden spot of Detriot, but this is immature and unprofessional! He will feel the repurcussions when Detroit comes to town in lat April.

JustSaying
JustSaying

Well, everyone always thought that Daniels was the reason Nolan got pushed out and someone from the inside confirms that Rangers players thought the same thing. They would know better than anyone. I wouldn't just dismiss that as sour grapes. Nobody currently on the team is going to say anything and you know that Michael Young plans on working here one day.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Where's Merten when you need him.......Mr. mayor can we borrow him just for spring training? 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

That SI interview explains some stuff.  During their slide last year, there was way too much pouting and not enough leadership.  I thought that Kins should have stepped up then, but clearly he didn't want that role.  Ironic that he pointed out how great MY was as a leader, and just shows that Kins is, and will be, at best a second-tier performer.  MY accepted new roles to help the team.  Kins refused.


Loved seeing him open games with a lead-off homer, but all the mistakes in the field and on the base paths offset the occasional bright spot.


I hope he enjoys freezing his balls off during the early season games. 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Ian Kinsler's salary in 2013 was $13,000,000.   Wonder how unhappy he'd be if he had a real job.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Wow, I guess being an average second baseman entitles one to spew off at the mouth like a Jordan or Gretsky.  They'll see up in Detroit when he tries to hit one of his famous 5 run homers. Or when he flies out softly 4 times (for the 5th day in a row) in a game, AND then performs with his famous "stone hands" at second base. Bye Ian......Bye Josh......Bye, that guy that talks like a 15 year old girl, CJ, that's his name. I think JD has been brilliant  in his moves, and taken an otherwise boring franchise, and made it watchable the last 5 years. Ask Belichick, sometimes the hard moves, the unpopular one's, the one's that no one wants to make, will make you better.....shut up Ian. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Joshstruckoutagain  


Git em JSOA!  git em......truer words have never been spoken.  Just think if nothing had changed and we had a line up of Kinz, Young, Blalock, Josh, Ceej; this thing would be a 60 win team, not a 90 win team.  Trust in JD. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@strathound    30 years....try 50, that window has shut dude. Nobody likes a crybaby; Nomar did the same thing to us Sawx fans mid 2004; he was everyone's favorite player, then he starts spouting all manner of crap and sitting on the bench-and that was that. 


Rangers win 90+, but go nowhere. 

sammerten
sammerten

@kergo1spaceship  I was never a big Kins fan. I didn't like the extension and even advocated for trading him a few years ago. Glad he's gone. So happy to have Fielder here instead.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@PlanoDave  



His leadoff homers did nothing; I enjoy results........moving runners along, NOT hitting a 450 foot pop up. Lead off homers with little results is for kids, and the frau. 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

That's what I love about JD. To anyone that watched this club in the 80s, 90s, or 00s, this is amazing.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@kergo1spaceship Several of those games, the lead off HR got the Rangers on top of the starter and got him out of the game early.  That is always a good thing.

I'm listening if you want to educate me on how a lead-off hitter can move runners along, though...

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@ColonelAngus @kergo1spaceship  


Who could ever forget Kinz's awesome baserunning skills? The team is definitely better with Choo batting leadoff......they just need another bat, or production from Profar or Leo Martin. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@P1Gunter  


I used to sit in that old Turnpike Stadium, with 4000 fans (mostly drunk) and wonder if it would ever get any better.  It was fun though, yelling at Don Zimmer, and he'd acknowledge me.  But nobody likes to be called "egghead".  I know for a fact he couldn't hear me at Fenway. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @sammerten  shit, I get laid up for a day with a migraine and miss a sports post at Unfair Park

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@PlanoDave @kergo1spaceship  


Really, does the leadoff hitter only bat once a game? I'm just saying, half of those one's he tried to hit completely OUT of the metroplex, he could have sprayed to right filed!? You get more production out of grinding out a base, than a leadoff homer once every 9 games.  Anything else? 

dingo
dingo

@kergo1spaceship @P1Gunter  

Arlington Stadjum.

Turnpike was the name back when Joe Altobelli was managing Johnny Oates, Bobby Grich, Don Baylor and the rest of the DFW Spurs.

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