Ian Kinsler's ability to rebound from a poor season is one of 5 keys for the @rangers in 2013. es.pn/XosRyO
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) March 29, 2013
♦ Tucson native Ian Kinsler key to Texas Rangers’ season (Tucson Citizen)
The Rangers have lost Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Mike Napoli (two of the three severely under-performed last season) and all the main pieces of their bullpen with the exception of closer Joe Nathan, although any reliever with the lone exception of Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman is replaceable. Whatever the Rangers lost in power they brought back with power hitters like catcher A.J. Pierzynski and designated hitter Lance Berkman.♦ Ron Washington Isn't Feeling Sorry For Himself (Out of Left Field)
Yet it mostly comes down to Kinsler, who hit 32 home runs in 2011 and won the AL Pennant but hit only 19 home runs last season and lost the AL West lead to the Oakland Athletics. He can have another 30/30 (HR/SB) season in 2013, prove the overreacting doubters wrong and make it back to the promise land all at the same time.
“The thing I’m most excited about is proving people wrong,” Kinsler said. “This winter was extremely negative as far as the way people portrayed us in the media and losing the players that we lost, people thought we had a terrible winter. And just to be able to prove those people wrong that we do have a very good team and that we are very formidable and we still have a chance to win the World Series.”...
New hitting coach Dave Magadan is already having a huge impact on the lineup. Ian Kinsler has been spraying hits all over the field, not just to left field. Less pop-ups, more line drives and opposite field hits...