Kinsler Should Expect Plenty of Boos


Ian Kinsler didn't leave town and then make disparaging comments toward the fans that showed him so much love during his eight seasons with the Texas Rangers — three of which were all-star seasons.

He also didn't seemingly pack up shop down the stretch of a division race and flame out in his Rangers' swan song.

Josh Hamilton did both of those things while leaving Texas following the 2012 season and signing a free agent deal, and he paid dearly upon his return to Texas in 2013 by being booed to epic proportions.

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Kinsler was traded away from Texas. He wanted to be a Ranger for life, and he was a fan favorite despite being a polarizing figure.

But upon being traded away, Kinsler was highly bitter — toward the Rangers organization and specifically GM Jon Daniels, who he called a "sleazeball" in an ESPN The Magazine article this winter. He also made comments about how he hated his forced leadership role he took on when the Rangers parted ways with longtime clubhouse leader Michael Young and how he didn't want to spend time mentoring young prospects like Jurickson Profar.

Fans don't like hearing or reading either of those things, and it undoubtedly rubbed Rangers fans the wrong way.

So don't expect Kinsler to hear boos to the volume of Hamilton, but he'll get a good amount.

What about you? Are you Team Boo Kinsler or Team Cheer?

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