One of the more surprising moves in the baseball offseason was when the perennial American League contender Texas Rangers dealt second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers after eight years together. And if you thought there was no bad blood between the two parties, think again because Kinsler recently went off in an interview with ESPN the Magazine, especially on general manager Jon Daniels.
Kinsler’s beef with Daniels stems from the fact that he didn’t hear that he was being moved from Texas to Detroit by Daniels himself, rather from a local radio personality. This led to Kinsler not only calling Daniels a “sleazeball,” but also alluding to the notion that Nolan Ryan was pushed out of the organization by the crooked regime.
“Daniels is a sleazeball,” he told ESPN. “He got in good with the owners and straight pushed [Nolan] 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.”
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Kinsler is so bitter that after saying how much he will miss his friends in the Rangers organization, he hopes they don’t win a game this year.
“I’ll miss all my teammates,” he says, according to the ESPN report. “I’ll miss Elvis [Andrus] and Beltre, Mitch [Moreland], Matt Harrison and [manager Ron] Washington.” And the kill shot: “To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162.”
I mean, as a competitor, wouldn’t Kinsler rather say that he wants to see them in the playoffs and beat them? To each their own, I guess.