Andy McCullough of The Athletic listed his New Year’s resolutions for all 30 teams.
Here is his resolution for the Rangers in 2020:
“Put Ian Kinsler in the Rangers Hall of Fame. Things did not end well between Ian Kinsler and the Rangers. After he got traded to Detroit before the 2014 season, Kinsler burned that bridge like he used to steal bases, with devastating efficiency. That winter, he told ESPN The Magazine he hoped his old club went 0-162 and described general manager Jon Daniels as a “sleazeball.” Not the kindest way to say farewell to a former employer, and Daniels has declined to rip Kinsler in response. Perhaps, though, the ensuing years have healed the wounds. Because Kinsler, who retired and joined San Diego’s front office this offseason, was one of the best players in Rangers history and a pillar of their pennant-winning clubs in 2010 and 2011.”
I don’t remember the sleazeball comment. I do remember the 0-162 wish. That almost came true, in fact. The Rangers lost 95 of those 162 games.
I also remember Michael Young leaving the Rangers with an unfavorable opinion of Daniels. As did Josh Hamilton. And Jonathan Lucroy, among others.
It seems the only one who likes the Rangers GM less than the fans are the former players.
But, animosity or not, Kinsler does belong in the Rangers Hall-of-Fame. He was an All-Star three times and finished in the top-twenty in MVP voting twice as a Ranger. Whether you loved him or hated him, he is most deserving of inclusion.
Compared to the current Rangers second baseman, it’s easy to see playing second base at Kinsler’s level is difficult.