On Monday, the Texas Rangers announced some exciting news.
Rangers Hall-of-Famer and former second baseman Ian Kinsler will be joining the team’s front office as a special assistant to General Manager Chris Young.
The 40-year-old played eight seasons with the Rangers before ultimately being traded to the Detroit Tigers.
Over his eight years in Texas, the four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glover hit for a .273 average with 156 home runs, 539 RBI, a .349 on-base percentage, and a .454 slugging percentage.
This afternoon, the former Rangers standout stopped by MLB Network to discuss his new role with the team and express his excitement for the next chapter of his life.
.@Rangers Hall of Fame inductee Ian Kinsler discusses his new role with the club, joining as the Special Assistant to the GM.@alannarizzo | #HighHeat pic.twitter.com/3boFYwecN6
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 7, 2023
Kinsler talked about having the stars align for such an opportunity.
He expressed how much Texas meant to him, even saying that it feels like home for him.
Kinsler obviously spent the vast majority of his career with the Rangers, coming to the Majors with the club in 2006 and manning second base until after the 2013 season.
The 14-year MLB veteran also expressed his desire to help the Rangers in any way he can.
He was then asked about how he believes the Rangers can get back to where they were in the early 2010s, when they reached back-to-back World Series.
Kinsler acknowledged that the AL West is likely going to be a difficult division, with the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Angels all making improvements.
But he praised the front office for bringing in Bruce Bochy to manage the team and adding star players such as Jacob deGrom and Nathan Eovaldi.NEXT: Rangers Welcome Back A Franchise Legend