So by now you guys have probably heard some of Ian Kinsler's comments regarding JD and the Rangers. For those that haven't, here are a few excerpts.
When talking about the trade that sent him to Detroit in exchange for Prince Fielder:
"There was no remorse from the Rangers. They did not care."Obviously, Ian has some hurt feelings here. I think I would too. The only organization he’s ever known just sent him packing without even a phone call.
"It hurt us," Kinsler says. "He held everything together."When asked about switching positions:
"These guys gotta earn it; that’s what I did," he says. "I was a 17th-round pick, so there was zero coddling. I had to put myself on the prospect map."I agree with Ian 100% here. If Jurickson Profar beat him out man to man, then Ian would have just had to live with that. Instead, JD did everything in his power to try to force Ian to change positions so his golden boy (Profar) could take over second base even though he wasn’t ready.
"I was bogged down," he says. "They wanted me to lead these young players, teach them the way to compete, when the only thing I should be worried about is how I’m performing in the game."Some local radio guys are viewing this comment as Ian being afraid to lead. I disagree with that point of view. To me, these comments are based on the fact that Ian didn’t want to groom his replacement…and I don’t blame him for that. JD should have never tried to force Ian to groom Profar. Baseball is baseball. When you are on the field, you play the game and enjoy working with your teammates. JD robbed Ian and Profar of that by trying to force Ian to be his babysitter. If he would have just let things take their course, Ian and Profar probably could have bonded.
Finally, in a late-September game against the Angels, Kinsler exploded over what he saw as a lack of effort from Beltre and Andrus. “Base hit to left,” Kinsler remembers. “Leftfielder throws it in to Elvis. Elvis and Beltre are talking about the play, and Elvis is just holding the ball — like the game isn’t even going on. It’s not a dead ball. It’s not timeout. The play is still live. I’m like, ‘Hey! Let’s f — ing go!’ And Adrian’s like, ‘Chill out. We’re talking about the play.’” Beltre and Kinsler continued their argument in the dugout and even went down the tunnel to hash out their differences. “For the two leaders of the team to be yelling at each other in front of the squad … it’s not very cohesive to winning,” Kinsler now admits.When talking about Nolan Ryan:
"Nolan put us on the map. He brought respect to the organization."Now this one is the big one. This is where he basically blasts JD…and in my opinion…rightfully so.
“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.”For those of you that follow this blog, you already know that I’m not necessarily a JD guy. I respect his point of view and think he’s been a major part of the success of this organization, but I also know that his ego is a major problem. Have you ever asked yourself why guys like Mike Napoli and Nelson Cruz took less money to play somewhere else? Or why Zack Greinke or any number of other big free agents passed on the Rangers? I have.
“I’ll miss all my teammates,” he says. “I’ll miss Elvis and Beltre, Mitch [Moreland], Matt Harrison and [Ron] Washington. “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.”This is another comment that is making people lose their minds. Ian was just playing around. These comments were not meant to be taken literally. He’s simply saying that his feelings are hurt and that he has major love for his former teammates and fans. If he didn’t say this and I was a Tigers fan, I’d be worried. Reading some of these comments only helps me to respect Ian even more. I know that guy is determined to make the Rangers pay and now he’s on a team that actually can.