Ian Kinsler (41) returns to his hometown team Texas after 10 years. He leads the team’s rebound with his former teammate of 20 years, who is now the Texas general manager.
The Texas team announced on the 7th (Korean time) that Kinsler was appointed as a special assistant to Texas general manager Chris Young. It is the first comeback in 10 years since the trade transfer in 2013.
Kinsler was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 2003 draft and made his big league debut in 2006. He subsequently appeared in 1066 games for Texas through 2013, batting .273 with 156 home runs and 539 RBIs. Even in the postseason, he appeared in 34 games and had a batting average of 0.311. After that, he moved to Detroit, LA Angels, Boston, San Diego, etc., and played an active role until 2019, but he is a player with a particularly strong Texas color. The Texas team inducted Kinsler into the team’s Hall of Fame last year.
The relationship between Kinsler and director Chris Young was also established in Texas. The Associated Press reported that Kinsler and Young spent the summer of 2004 at Frisco, Texas’ Double-A club, for a few weeks, and then trained together at Texas spring camp the following year. The two never played as teammates in the big leagues, as Chris Young was traded to San Diego before Kinsler was called up in 2006.
After retiring in 2019, Kinsler worked as a special assistant in charge of baseball operations and player development in San Diego for three seasons until last year. Kinsler is also in charge of nurturing minor league players in Texas. 안전놀이터
Kinsler will coach Israel at the WBC next month. He stays with the players in Texas spring camp until the WBC.
“It feels really good to be a part of Texas,” Kinsler said at a press conference held that day. “I grew up here, I was drafted by this team, and there are so many people who have influenced my career.” “I’m excited to be able to help minor league players,” he said. “Whatever the team wants, just being back in Texas is really exciting for me.”