Rangers Bring Back Franchise Legend for Front Office Role
The Texas Rangers have had a busy offseason. Not only did they make major changes on the field such as signing Jacob deGrom, but they've been making changes off the field as well. That includes hiring a new manager, Bruce Bochy, as well as reshuffling the front office.
Rangers fans are sure to recognize the newest member of the team's leadership group, as Texas reunited with a franchise legend to join the front office.
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The Rangers announced on Monday that they've hired Ian as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young.
Kinsler, 40, was one of the team's most talented and decorated players for nearly a decade. He debuted with Texas in 2006 and enjoyed a terrific eight-year stint there, making three All-Star teams and helping the Rangers win back-to-back pennants in 2011 and 2012.
Texas decided to trade Kinsler in exchange for slugger Prince Fielder after the 2013 campaign, however, which turned out to be a disastrous swap for the Rangers. Fielder was chronically hurt and played only one full season with Texas before retiring, while Kinsler remained at the top of his game. He added another All-Star selection and two Gold Gloves to his resume before playing his final game in 2019.
The Rangers surely regret trading Kinsler away, but at least now they have him back. While he wasn't able to get them over the hump as a player, perhaps he'll be able to help them win their first-ever World Series as an executive.