Rangers hire Ian Kinsler as special advisor to GM Chris Young


One of the best players in Rangers' franchise history is returning to the club in a different capacity.

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The Rangers announced on Monday that Ian Kinsler is joining the organization as a special adviser to general manager Chris Young.

Kinsler was a three-time All-Star during his eight seasons in Texas. The second baseman played a vital role in helping the organization make back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. He was inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame in 2022.

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 of 29 homers when leading off the first inning. He also scored more than 100 runs in four different seasons, 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.

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