Feb 28, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (left) and Brad Ausmus (right) talk as they work out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kinsler says comments on Rangers taken 'out of context'

Many fans of the Tigers and the Rangers woke up to a published article featuring second baseman Ian Kinsler calling his old general manager Jon Daniels a ‘sleazeball’ and hoping his former team goes ’0-162.’

It would be no surprise, then, that when he got to camp today, Kinsler would be bombarded by media members asking him questions about the article, which was in ESPN The Magazine. The 31-year old was quick to defend and dismiss both his comments and the article.

Kinsler also went on to say that his wishes that the Rangers would go ’0-162′ were just a matter of telling a joke.

Author’s Note: I think it’s easy to buy that the ’0-162′ comment was just a joke at best and a matter of competitive nature at worst. I find it far more unlikely that Kinsler calling Jon Daniels a ‘sleazeball’ is something that can be taken out of context. As noted on MLB Network Radio, this interview happened a week before position players reported to Spring Training, a full three months after the trade occurred. This was also a planned, featured interview, in which the two parties agreed to sit down and have questions answered. ‘Sleazeball’ sounds like a comment that Kinsler wanted to get off of his chest.

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  • David Andrews

    My concern here is the chip on IK’s shoulder. Often times an employee “hates” his job,” Hates” his boss or department, and the employer moves him to a new setting to “solve” the problem. after several weeks or months in the new job, the employee begins complaining anew, because the problem was not the job, the boss, or the department, the problem was the employee.

    If IK’s problem is a chronic chip on his shoulder, it WILL affect Tigers Team Chemistry. The Tigers need to get a professional opinion and maybe some discussions to help IK learn to deal with his surroundings a little more realistically.

    NOTE: I am not declaring this to BE a problem, only expressing a concern that it could be an indication….