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Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler

Detroit Tigers (MLB)
2B
Full Name Ian Michael Kinsler
Date of Birth 06/22/1982
Age34
BirthplaceTucson, AZ
Religion Jewish
Height 6'0
Weight 200
Bats/Throws R/R
College Central Ariz. (NJCAA D1)
Arizona State (D1)
U. of Missouri (D1)
Drafted Rangers
(06/03/2003)
Draft Round17
Overall Pick496
MLB Debut 04/03/2006
Salary, 2017 $16-million
Career highlights (through 2014)

  • Drafted twice by the Arizona Diamondbacks but did not sign (2001, 2002)
  • Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 17th round of 2003 draft (496th overall)
  • Went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk in his MLB debut (4/3/2006)
  • Four-time A.L. All-Star (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
  • One of only 12 players in baseball history to join the 30/30 club — that is, have a season with at least 30 HRs and 30 stolen bases — twice (2009, 2011)
  • Went 6-for-6, hit for the cycle, doubled twice, drove in 4 runs, stole a base, and scored 5 runs in a 19-6 Texas Rangers win over the Baltimore Orioles (4/15/2009)
  • Twice stole 3 bases in a game (8/3/2006, 7/1/2008)
  • Hit walk-off HR against the Minnesota Twins and future Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey (7/19/2009)
  • Has had 12 multi-HR games
  • Has had 11 games with four or more hits
  • Has had first-inning, leadoff HRs in 29 games
  • Leads all Jewish players with 187 career stolen bases
  • Has four of the all-time top 20 stolen-base seasons among Jewish players
  • Won Gold Glove award in 2016

2016 highlights

  • Hit 200th home run
  • Won the A.L. Gold Glove award for second basemen
  • Became third active player (and one of only 40 in MLB history) to accumulate 200 home runs, 1,000 runs scored, 1,600 hits and 200 stolen bases

MLB career bests, by statistic

  • AVG: .319 (2008)
  • 2B: 42 (2012)
  • 3B: 5 (2012)
  • HR: 32 (2011)
  • RBI: 92 (2014)
  • Runs: 121 (2011)
  • BB: 89 (2011)
  • SB: 31 (2009)
  • OBP: .382 (2010)
  • SLG: .517 (2008)
  • At bats per home run: 18.3 (2009)

2014 highlights

  • Hit 3 doubles in a 7-2 Detroit Tigers win over his former Texas Rangers teammates (5/23/2014)
  • Went 4-for-5 in a 6-2 Tigers win over the Red Sox (5/18/2014)
  • Was the lone Jew to play in the All-Star Game
  • Homered in his first at-bat back at Rangers Ballpark since being traded to Detroit (6/24/2014)
  • Played in all but one of Detroit’s games and led the A.L. in at-bats (684) and plate appearances (726)
  • Ranked 5th in the A.L. with 100 runs scored
  • Ranked 4th in the A.L. with 40 doubles (tie)
  • Ranked 2nd among A.L. second basemen with 13 total zone runs, the number of runs above or below average a player is worth defensively
  • Was the 9th-hardest A.L. batter to strike out, with one whiff every 8.7 at-bats
  • Sporting goods manufacturer Wilson named Kinsler its defensive player of the year for second basemen, saying he led all peers with 20 defensive runs saved and ranked 2nd in Ultimate Zone Rating

2013 highlights

  • Nominated by the Texas Rangers for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes community service
  • In the 4th inning of an 8-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Kinsler singled, stole second base, and then scored from second on an infield single (9/19/2013)
  • Went 4 for 5 in Texas’ 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners (8/27/2013)
  • Had first inside-the-park HR of his career, off Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale (8/23/2013)
  • Set an all-time record for Jewish players with his 163rd stolen base (7/22/2013)
  • Recorded his 500th career RBI
  • Recorded his 1,000th career hit
  • Played in his 1,000th career game

2012 highlights

  • Reached career bests in doubles (42) and triples (5)
  • Tied for 3rd in A.L. in runs scored (102)
  • Ranked 6th in A.L. in doubles (42)
  • Tied for 8th in A.L. in times hit by pitch (10)
  • Tied for 10th in A.L. in extra-base hits (66)

2011 highlights

  • Rejoined the exclusive 30/30 club, with 32 HRs and 30 stolen bases
  • His 30 stolen bases was the 4th highest all-time among Jewish baseball players
  • Finished 11th in voting for the A.L. MVP award
  • Ranked second among World Series players in batting average (.360) and on-base percentage (.500)
  • 2nd in runs scored, A.L. (121)
  • 3rd in power-speed number (3rd)
  • 5th in home runs, A.L. (32)
  • 5th in walks, A.L. (89)
  • 8th best in at-bats per strikeout, A.L. (8.7)
  • 9th in stolen bases, A.L. (30)

2010 highlights

  • Played in career-low 103 games due to mid-season injury
    Went 0/1 with a walk and flyout in All-Star game
  • 10th in runs scored, A.L. (101)

2009 highlights

  • 7th in steals, AL (31)
  • Tied for 10th in bunt hits, AL (5)
  • Tied for 12th in extra-base hits, AL (67)
  • Had 5 two-home run games
  • Went 6-for-6 and hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and homer) on April 15
  • Went 1-for-5 in All-Star Game
  • Had career highs in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases
  • Became second player in Texas Rangers history with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in same season

On being Jewish

  • “Add Ian Kinsler to the names of Jewish major leaguers. A reader gave me a lead on the Texas rookie second baseman. My friend Shel Wallman, editor of Jewish Sports Review newsletter, ran with the lead and contacted Ian’s Jewish uncle. He told Shel that Ian, his brother’s son, had no problem being listed as a Jewish athlete in the Review even though Ian’s mother isn’t Jewish and Ian wasn’t raised in a faith..” (JWeekly.com, San Francisco; May 19, 2006)
  • Kinsler’s Jewish heritage is “‘something I’m very, very proud of.’ The son of a Catholic mother and Bronx-born Jewish father, young Ian was brought up in Tucson, Ariz., relatively non-religious, but celebrated all of the Jewish and Christian holidays. ‘We’d have Chrismas, and I’d be excited. Then we’d have Chanukah and I’d be excited, too…Then every year for Passover we’d have a seder, which I always looked forward to. I’m not a devoutly spiritual person, but I’m very into the cultural identity that comes with being Jewish. If there are Jewish kids out there who look up to me or see me as a role model of what’s possible, I embrace that proudly.'” (Sportsillustrated.cnn.com; June 12, 2009)

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