Ian Kinsler told ESPN Dallas reporter Master Tesfatsion yesterday that he plans to spend most of his All Star break at Lake Texoma. In addition to fishing, Kinsler apparently plans to spend quite a bit of time on a jet ski. Word to the wise: Kins, before you get on that jet ski, call your agent [Jay Franklin at BBI Sports Group] and ask him about paragraph 5(b) of the Unifiorm Player's Contract, which states:
"The Player and the Club recognize and agree that the Player's participation in certain other sports may impair or destroy his ability and skill as a baseball player. Accordingly, the Player agrees that he will not engage in professional boxing or wrestling; and that, except with the written consent of the Club, he will not engage in skiing, auto racing, motorcycle racing, sky diving, or in any game or exhibition of football, soccer, professional league basketball, ice hockey or other sport involving a substantial risk of personal injury."
Note that the language does NOT distinguish between snow skiing and water skiing. Also note that it does NOT except riding a jet ski from the prohibition on skiing.
Thus far this season, Kinsler is managing to do something that he's never done before -- stay off the DL. From 2006-2010, he missed an average of 41.2 days per season due to injury (and if you except 2009 when he was shelved for only 17 days, that average would be 47.3).
I wonder how Nolan and JD would feel about their starting second baseman and leadoff hitter getting on an aquatic motorcycle with a 1-game lead in the AL West?
(And if Kinsler has indeed obtained the requisite written consent, or negotiated it into his contract beforehand, the Rangers need to approach these issues with their injury-prone players with a considerably higher degree of caution.)