Ian Kinsler...not an Angel Hernandez fan.
Longtime readers of Lone Star Ball are well aware that I don’t need much of an excuse to talk about Ian Kinsler, one of my all-time favorite Texas Rangers players. Even though Kinsler was shipped to the Detroit Tigers in November, 2013, for Prince Fielder (in arguably Jon Daniels’ worst trade ever), I’m still a Kinsler fan and still root for him.
One of the things about Kinsler that can make you like him or hate him is that he doesn’t hide how he’s feeling. Like Joey Gallo, he’s extremely expressive, and when he’s unhappy -- about an at bat, a play, an umpire’s call — you know. That led to some fans complaining about him “pouting,” but he simply didn’t seem to care how he came across. And that also seemed to carry over with the media...during his time in Texas, he was known to be, at best, “prickly,” with the media, and at worst...well, at worst in his dealings with the press you could take away the l-y.
In any case, Kinsler, in last night’s game against the Rangers, was unhappy with a called strike by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. He apparently said something. Next pitch was a ball, and he apparently said something else. Presumably pissy or sarcastic, given that he was immediate ejected by Hernandez.
Today, Kinsler...well, Kinsler went off:
Ian Kinsler said he hasn't heard from MLB about getting tossed last night. He then said Angel Hernandez needs to re-evaluate his career.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 15, 2017
Kinsler: "It has to do with changing the game. He's changing the game. He needs to find another job. He really does."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 15, 2017
Kinsler: "I'm just saying it's pretty obvious that he needs to stop ruining baseball games."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) August 15, 2017
So...I’m expecting a suspension to be announced for Kinsler tomorrow. His team is out of the playoff hunt so he probably doesn’t care as much as he would if they were fighting for the postseason.
But regardless...this is about as HAM as I can recall a player going on an umpire in recent years.