Saturday, November 17, 2012

At Thanksgiving charity event arranged by Texas Rangers, Ian Kinsler declined to answer any questions about baseball

11/15/12, "At charity Thanksgiving event, Ian Kinsler balks at fielding baseball questions," Gerry Fraley, Dallas News Rangers blog

"Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler discussed his golf game in detail on Thursday but refused to take baseball-related questions.

At a media event arranged by the club, Kinsler listed the golf courses he has played in the off-season and his involvement in a Thanksgiving celebration at the Family Gateway in downtown Dallas. Kinsler and his family distributed cold-weather items such as scarves to about 60 children and presented gifts to children whose birthday is in November.

Kinsler balked at the first baseball question.

To be honest with you, I’m not really here to talk about baseball,” Kinsler said. “Sorry. … Baseball’s really not on my mind right now.”

Kinsler could be trying to forget his dreadful season.

He had career-lows in on-base percentage at .326 and OPS at .749 and a career-high for strikeouts with 90. He also led major-league second basemen in errors with 18.

Kinsler was a major figure in the Rangers’ late collapse. He hit only .207 with a .276 on-base percentage and .623 OPS for the final month of the regular season. Kinsler scored only 14 runs in 30 games.

Kinsler has not commented since the end of the season. Unlike teammates such as Josh Hamilton, MIke Napoli and Michael Young, Kinsler did not appear in the locker room to answer questions following the loss to Baltimore in the wild-card “knockout” game.

Kinsler next year will start a new five-year contract during which he is guaranteed $75 million."

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