Ian Kinsler Calls Texas GM Jon Daniels ‘A Sleazeball,’ Hopes Rangers Go 0-162
Ian Kinsler minced no words during an interview with ESPN the Magazine about his trade from the Texas Rangers to the Detroit Tigers. Kinsler has a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas, and it was put there by Jon Daniels, the Rangers general manager, if you take Kinsler’s side.
Kinsler called Daniels “a sleazeball” for pushing out Nolan Ryan as team president and said he hopes the Rangers “lose their ass and go 0-162″ without him. Kinsler also didn’t like that he found out about thePrince Fielder trade well before Daniels got around to telling him personally. If you want raw, emotional honesty from an athlete interview, here ya go:
During that time, it was well-known throughout the game that there was a power struggle going on between Ryan and Daniels, who had acquired the title of president of baseball operations last March in a front office restructuring that ultimately led to Ryan’s departure after the season. Kinsler squarely blames the man who traded him. “Daniels is a sleazeball,” he 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.”