Ian Kinsler, John Blake to be inducted into Texas Rangers Hall of Fame


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Texas Rangers will honor two of their most important figures this summer when they induct them into the club's Hall of Fame.

Former second baseman Ian Kinsler and longtime Communications Director John Blake will become the 25th and 26th members of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.

Kinsler and Blake will be inducted in a ceremony prior to the Rangers game vs. the Seattle Mariners at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

Kinsler holds multiple offensive records for a Rangers’ second baseman and batted .273 with 156 home runs and 539 RBI over 1,066 games with Texas from 2006-2013. He ranks second to Elvis Andrus on the club’s all-time list in stolen bases (172), is sixth in runs (748), places seventh in extra base hits (428), and walks (462), and is eighth in home runs (156—tied), doubles (249), total bases (1,908), and multi-hit games (335).

He is one of just 13 players and two second basemen in Major League history with 30 homers and 30 steals each in multiple seasons, accomplishing that feat in both 2009 and 2011. Kinsler holds club records for most games started (662) and home runs (109) when hitting first in the batting order, including a team mark 29 homers when leading off the first inning. He also scored 100+ runs four times, tying Michael Young for the club record.

Kinsler also excelled in the postseason for the Rangers, setting career team marks with a .311 batting average and .422 on-base percentage in 34 games with Texas. He has the only six-hit cycle in a nine-inning game since 1900, tying overall team marks for hits (6) and runs (5) on April 15, 2009 vs. Baltimore. A three-time A.L. Star as a Ranger (2008-10-12), Kinsler was the team’s 2006 Rookie of the Year.

Overall, Kinsler finished his Major League career with a .269 batting average, 257 homers, 909 RBI, and 243 stolen bases in 1,888 games with the Rangers (2006-13), Tigers (2014-17), Angels (2018), Red Sox (2018), and Padres (2019). He also played for Israel in the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing last year. Currently Kinsler is a Special Assistant, Baseball Operations & Player Development for San Diego.

Blake has spent 34 of his 44 years in professional baseball with the Rangers, originally joining the club as Director of Media Relations on November 1, 1984. He also served as Vice President of Public Relations and Senior Vice President of Communications over two decades in his first stint with the organization that extended through the 2004 season. Blake returned to the Rangers as Executive Vice President of Communications on November 1, 2008 and transitioned into the role of Executive Vice President of Public Affairs this past January.

During his Rangers’ career, Blake has overseen at various times media and public relations, broadcasting, community and player relations, marketing, social media, alumni initiatives, photography, archives, and publications while serving as the principal team spokesman for 34 years. He was responsible for the communications efforts during both the construction and opening of The Ballpark in Arlington and Globe Life Field.

Blake joins Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel as the only team employees to work all 52 of Texas’ postseason games. Overall, he has served in a communications role at 30 World Series and 25 MLB All-Star Games. Blake was the 1993 recipient of MLB’s Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence and received the 2004 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth BBWAA Chapter.

Kinsler and Blake join 24 others in the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame:

Charlie Hough (2003)

Johnny Oates (2003)

Nolan Ryan (2003)

Jim Sundberg (2003)

Buddy Bell (2004)

Ferguson Jenkins (2004)

Tom Vandergriff (2004)

Mark Holtz (2005)

John Wetteland (2005)

Rusty Greer (2007)

Toby Harrah (2009)

Ruben Sierra (2009)

Tom Grieve (2010)

Kenny Rogers (2011)

Eric Nadel (2012)

Ivan Rodriguez (2013)

Tom Schieffer (2014)

Juan Gonzalez (2015)

Jeff Russell (2015)

Michael Young (2016)

Richard Greene (2019)

Josh Hamilton (2019)

Adrian Beltre (2021)

John Blake (2021)