On Wednesday night, Ian Kinsler committed his 12th error on the season. Kinsler committed just 11 errors in 2011, making this a sort of milestone, albeit a dubious one. In fact, Kinsler has committed more than 11 errors just twice in his career--once in his rookie season of 2006 and then again in 2008. This year, he’s on pace to set a new career high.
But Kinsler doesn’t believe his error total is a reflection of the type of defensive second baseman he is--and from the sound of things, he’s not all that worried about his glove.
“I’ve just missed more balls,” Kinsler said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I’ve played the season before and I know how things are supposed to work. It’s just part of the game. The error total has nothing to do with whether you are a good fielder or not. There are balls that I’ve made errors on that are bad ones and there are some that maybe I shouldn’t have been charged with an error, but there was no choice. The number I’ve made doesn’t affect me.”
As Ron Washington is wont to do, he was quick to defend his player.
“If you know they can play defense, and I know he can,” Washington said, “then you look at it like it’s just something that happened.”