It looks like Ian Kinsler has already started a media storm and it’s the first couple weeks of spring training. The Detroit Tigers‘ new second baseman has been a hot topic recently for his bashing his former team, the Texas Rangers, as well as his former GM Jon Daniels. Baseball is a tough business and getting traded is just another happening that players get used to.
However, in the case of Kinsler, a guy who had played with one team for his entire career before 2014, being traded is something that he is not used to and, apparently, something that he doesn’t like all too much.
While speaking of his former GM, Kinsler called Daniels a “sleazeball” and said that the team chemistry was deteriorating ever since the trade of Michael Young. Apparently the Rangers’ front office traded young and the team expected Kinsler to be the leader and he wasn’t trying to lead young players, he was worried about his own play. He went on to say that he hopes the Rangers, his former teammates, go 0-162 this season.
This might worry the Tigers, but there are enough leaders in Detroit that the 31-year-old second baseman doesn’t need to become a leader any time soon.
Kinsler speaking bad of a team that he played eight years for shouldn’t be his top priority — even though he did say that he was happy to be traded to Detroit for a fresh start and a chance to win a title right away.
It’s time to focus on the here and now, Ian, and stop worrying about a team not notifying you of a trade and that you had to hear about it on a radio show.
Kinsler needs to let his play do the talking and bashing.
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