Ian Kinsler refers to Rangers GM as a ‘sleazeball,’ hopes team goes 0-162 this season
Spring training this season is serving as a fresh start for Ian Kinsler. After spending the first eight major league seasons as a member of the Texas Rangers, the infielder was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder in November.
While Kinsler’s MLB career starts anew with the Tigers, the manner in which everything played out has left a bad taste in Kinsler’s mouth. And that’s putting it mildly.
In fact, Kinsler seems mad as hell, and did not mince words one bit in an interview with “ESPN The Magazine,” especially as it relates to the Rangers’ general manager, Jon Daniels.
Kinsler savages Daniels in the interview, going so far as to call the executive a “sleazeball.”
Kinsler appears to be unhappy with some of the moves the front office made, going all the way back to December 2012, when the Rangers dealt Michael Young, not only Kinsler’s reliable teammate but also a good friend, to the Philadelphia Phillies.
“It hurt us,” Kinsler says. “He held everything together.”
Kinsler later was bothered over how he felt the team was pushing him out of his position at second base during the 2013 season in order to give playing time to 19-year-old infielder prospect Jurickson Profar, a move that Kinsler refused.
“These guys gotta earn it; that’s what I did,” Kinsler said. “I was a 17th-round pick, so there was zero coddling. I had to put myself on the prospect map.”
And then he was traded. And Kinsler clearly believes the Rangers couldn’t care less about parting ways with a player who hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases twice in his career.
“There was no remorse from the Rangers,” Kinsler said. “They did not care.
“The team had changed,” he added. “It was not the same personalities, not the same players, not the same chemistry. To be traded, it was refreshing to start new.”
And while Kinsler is indeed enjoying the refreshing aspects of a new start with the Tigers, he hasn’t forgotten about Daniels, nor his acrimonious, vitriolic opinion of the general manager, especially how it relates to the way in which Kinsler learned he’d been traded.
In mid-November, it happened. Kinsler was vacationing with his family in Hawaii when a Dallas radio personality texted about Kinsler’s being dealt to Detroit for Fielder. Kinsler searched for news online. Then Beltre, who was also in Hawaii, confirmed the trade with his agent, Scott Boras, who represents Fielder as well. “I want to be the one who tells Ian,” Daniels explains, “but literally, the story breaks while I’m on a plane to Tucson. I feel bad that’s how he found out.”
Kinsler says Daniels was the last to contact him, leaving him a voice mail well after the deal had gone public. He never returned the call.
Between that incident and how Kinlser believed Daniels orchestrated forcing Nolan Ryan out of the organization, his opinion of the general manager isn’t a glowing one, to say the least.
“Daniels is a sleazeball,” he says. “He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. It’s just ego. Once we went to the World Series, everybody’s ego got huge, except for Nolan’s.”
Yikes. Even though he respects his former teammates and cherishes the memories he made with many of them, because of how things played out, Kinsler isn’t hoping everything goes swimmingly for the Rangers this upcoming season.
“I’ll miss Elvis and Beltre, Mitch [Moreland], Matt Harrison and [Ron] Washington,” as quoted in the “ESPN The Magazine” piece. “To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162. I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”