Ian Kinsler isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to his thoughts on his former team.
Kinsler, who was traded to the Tigers this past offseason recently told Robert Sanchez of ESPN the Magazine (via ESPN Dallas) that he hopes the Texas Rangers go 0-162 in 2014.
“I hope they go 0-162,” Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine’s Robert Sanchez last month, in a story published this week. “I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their [expletive].”
The former Rangers second baseman also expressed his frustrations with the organization itself pointing to several issues while calling general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” and blaming him for pushing Nolan Ryan out the door.
“It’s not worth defending,” Daniels said. “I’m really proud of the group we’ve got here, the decisions we’ve made, the people we have in place and what we’re building. Based on how he feels, the trade is probably a good thing for all parties involved. It’s a fresh start for him and a fresh start for Prince and us and Detroit, so we’ll move on.
“Name calling and stuff like that, what are you going to do about that? Just take it in stride and move on.”
In addition Kinsler also goes on to say he was asked to bear too much of a leadership role after Michael Young left the team and didn’t like being asked to move over to first base to make room middle-infield prospect Jurickson Profar.
I personally have no problem with Kinsler throwing out a little trash talk. In today’s day and age of sports when everyone is best friends with everyone else this adds a nice aspect to perhaps a future rivalry between the Tigers and Rangers. Ultimately though Kinsler does sound like a jilted lover, like most athletes do when they blast their former teams after a trade.