It appears that former Texas Rangers’ second baseman, Ian Kinsler, wasn’t quite satisfied with the way his trade was handled and wasn’t a fan of the management there either. Kinsler told ESPN the Magazine point blank,
“To be honest with you, I hope they (the Rangers) go 0-162, I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”
He also called Rangers’ general manager, Jon Daniels, a “sleazeball” and accused him of pushing Nolan Ryan out of the organization. Ryan just recently came out of a short retirement to work with his son, Reid Ryan, who is the president of baseball operations for the Houston Astros.
In his profile feature in ESPN the Magazine Kinsler says that he has been unhappy with the organization for years after going to and losing the World Series in 2010 and 2011 and even more so since the 2012 trade of good friend and teammate; Michael Young, saying Young was a leader and the club needed him.
Daniel’s countered Kinsler’s statement saying,
“That’s just not accurate. I’m not going to get into it any more than that, other than that it’s simply not accurate.”
Club manager Ron Washington defended Daniels,
“Opinion is just that, it doesn’t make it reality. To me, Jon Daniels has been one of the best general managers in the game, and everything that he’s ever done, he’s done it simply because it’s going to make our team better.”
ESPN the Magazine even chimed into the discussion regarding Kinsler’s remarks. Kinsler accused the magazine of taking his words out of context, but Chad Millman the editor and chief of the magazine told the Associate Press that the magazine stands behind the way that Kinsler’s statements were presented.
Kinsler did try to assuage the situation saying that he’s even told some of his former teammates and would be letting more know that, of course, his comment was just a joke. It’s gotten a lot of scrutiny for just being a joke, Hopefully, this situation with his comment will resolve itself sooner than later.