Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hopes his former team, the Texas Rangers, go winless in 2014.
“I hope they go 0-162,” Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine’s Robert Sanchez recently in a story published this week. “I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”
Kinsler was dealt to the Tigers this offseason in exchange for first baseman Prince Fielder.
“We won’t go 0-162,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said, per Richard Durrett. “Guaranteed.”
In the story, Kinsler also calls general manager Jon Daniels a “sleazeball” and blames Daniels’ ego for pushing Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan out.
“Daniels is a sleazeball,” Kinsler says. “He got in good with the owners and straight pushed 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.”
Daniels was unwilling to fire back, per Durrett.
“It’s not worth defending,” Daniels said. “I’m really proud of the group we’ve got here, the decisions we’ve made, the people we have in place and what we’re building. Based on how he feels, the trade is probably a good thing for all parties involved.
“It’s a fresh start for him and a fresh start for Prince [Fielder] and us and Detroit, so we’ll move on. Name calling and stuff like that, what are you going to do about that? Just take it in stride and move on.”
Daniels is the one that gave Kinsler his five-year, $75 million contract extension early in the 2012 season.