From one former Ranger to another, Josh Hamilton zings Ian Kinsler on Twitter

by Mar 4, 2:35 PM

Ian Kinsler walked into the Detroit Tigers clubhouse on Tuesday and had to answer for his unflattering comments about his former club in an ESPN story. He said his "jokes" about the Rangers -- including calling former GM Jon Daniels a sleazeball -- were taken out of context and made to sound dramatic.

Okay, Ian.

Though his former teammates didn't seem to care too much about their friend's angry statements, another former Ranger had a few words, too.

Josh Hamilton, 1. Ian Kinsler, 0.

Mar 5, 3:16 PM

Dallas reporter on Ian Kinsler: I've 'never been around a more self-absorbed player'

by Mar 5, 3:16 PM

One Dallas reporter isn't surprised by Ian Kinsler's recent comments about the Texas Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels.

The Dallas News' Gerry Fraley even thinks Kinsler may be as self-absorbed as an infamous New York Yankee

Kinsler called Daniels a "sleazeball" and also said he hoped the Rangers go "0-162" this season.

Mar 4, 11:17 AM

Ian Kinsler on Rangers: 'I hope they go 0-162', former teammates respond

by Mar 4, 11:17 AM

Within an hour of Ian Kinsler's remarks about his former team surfacing in an ESPN The Magazine story, his ex-teammates responded to his wishes that the Texas club win zero games in 2014.

“I don’t think he’s going to get his wish,” designated hitter Mitch Moreland said on Tuesday morning to Dallas News.  "I think we’ll win a few games."

Added Adrian Beltre: "It doesn't bother me. He's still my friend."

Elvis Andrus isn't used to being on the wrong side of Kinsler. The two will turn double plays without the other one for the first time this season.

“He’s my buddy, and we had a lot of good times here,” Andrus said. “He’s there, and we’re here now. We have to focus on our season. He’s still my friend. I don’t take anything from that."

Tanner Scheppers chimed in, via another ESPN story from Tuesday.

"I don't think he's going to get what he wants," pitcher Tanner Scheppers said. "I have all the respect in the world for Ian. He's taught me a lot, but he's now with the Detroit Tigers. I wish him luck and I wish luck for everybody.

"I think we'll do our talking on the field. We'll see what happens between the lines."

Mar 4, 9:59 AM

Ian Kinsler on Rangers: 'I hope they go 0-162'

by Mar 4, 9:59 AM

It's refreshing for Ian Kinsler to start anew with the Detroit Tigers this season. He spent eight seasons and played two World Series runs with the Texas Rangers, but he has no kind words for the organization that traded him to Detroit for Prince Fielder in the offseason.

In an ESPN The Magazine feature, the second baseman is, quite frankly, pretty pissed off.

"There was no remorse from the Rangers," Kinsler says of the trade to Robert Sanchez. "They did not care." He obviously still does. "The team had changed," he says. "It was not the same personalities, not the same players, not the same chemistry."

Kinsler said the Rangers haven't felt like his team since the club won 96 games in 2012 with Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Michael Young. Young, a good friend of Kinsler, was traded to Philadelphia in December of 2012. Kinsler called the move "misguided."

Then, Kinsler told of Rangers president Jon Daniels pushing for him to move to first base to make room for top prospect Jurickson Profar. The second baseman defended his territory: "These guys gotta earn it; that's what I did. I was a 17th-round pick, so there was zero coddling. I had to put myself on the prospect map." 

The 31-year-old also tells Sanchez of how Daniels' "sleazeball" restructuring of the organization pushed Nolan Ryan out of the club.

Kinsler said he's got butterflies in his stomach for the first time in year, and dropped 15 pounds to regain his explosiveness for the 2014 season in a new uniform.

Still, there's a pretty substantial chip on his shoulder, and playing with a perennial division winner should help motivate Kinsler more than any harbored anger and frustration.

"I'll miss all my teammates," he said. "I'll miss Elvis and Beltre, Mitch [Moreland], Matt Harrison and [Ron] Washington.

"To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162. I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass."

Read the entire story at ESPN here.