“To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162.”
Kinsler seemed surprised that comment in particular had gotten so much attention.
“That’s a matter of telling a joke,” he said.
At their spring camp in Surprise, Ariz., the Rangers seemed to take Kinsler’s comments in stride.
“We won’t go 0-162, guaranteed,” manager Ron Washington said.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre said Kinsler is still a friend, and shortstop Elvis Andrus echoed that sentiment.
“He’s there and we’re here now,” Andrus said. “We have to focus on our season. He’s still my friend. I don’t take anything from that.”
Kinsler said when he saw the ESPN story, he knew there would be plenty of talk about it.
Chad Millman, ESPN The Magazine’s Editor in Chief, said the magazine stands by the context in which Kinsler’s statements were presented. Kinsler, meanwhile, said he doesn’t expect to reach out to Daniels any time soon to explain his comments.