Ian Kinsler credits former Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan for turning his former team around.
He blames new “sleazeball” general manger Jon Daniels for blowing everything up.
Kinsler, 31, was traded to the Detroit Tigers last November in exchange for fellow American League all-star Prince Fielder, along with cash considerations.
Kinsler was so upset with how the trade went down – he didn’t receive a call from Daniels until well after the deal was done – the second baseman thought it necessary to take a few parting shots at his old front office in an exclusive interview with ESPN The Magazine.
"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."
He doesn’t wish his former teammates well, either.
"To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162," Kinsler says. "I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass."
He finished that portion of the interview by saying the clubhouse that brought Texas a pair of AL pennants has changed.
"It was not the same personalities, not the same players, not the same chemistry,” Kinsler says of the Rangers under Daniels. “To be traded, it was refreshing to start new."
The full article comes out in a March 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.