Before going any further, it needs to be said that Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a very good baserunner. Over the course of his eight-year career he’s stolen 160 bases and been caught just 33 times for a solid 83 percent success rate. He’s also generally known around baseball as a “heads-up” baserunner, rarely making a miscue or running into a giveaway out.
So apparently yesterday Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler put on a sliding clinic that Willie Mays Hayes would have been proud of.
For all the little leaguers out there, this is NOT, and I repeat NOT the way you want to slide headfirst into third base or any other base.
Check out the fantastic GIFs after the jump
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Ian Kinsler is generally a master on the bases. 160 stolen bases in his career and only 33 caught stealing. He even has a +39.4 value as a baserunner throughout his career, according to Fangraphs. But this season his baserunning value is -0.9. I’m guessing all of the negative points came on the embarrassing slide seen above.
After singling to lead off the bottom of the first for...
As we have a tendency to do here at D4L, we like to deflect any and all negativity.
LOOK HOW TERRIBLE THIS IAN KINSLER SLIDE WAS LAST NIGHT [via DShep25]:
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Texas Rangers’ Ian Kinsler apparently has attended the Manny Ramirez University of sliding, and that is not a good thing. Check out Ian’s very poor attempt at a slide on Thursday when his Rangers beat the Tigers 10-4. Facepalm would be one way to describe the slide.
And a little closer…
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By all accounts Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is a pretty decent player, but even good players have their moments. For Kinsler, one such moment took place on Thursday night against the Tigers, when he tried going from first to third on an Elvis Andrus single. While he was able to make it to third base successfully, his headfirst slide could have used a little work…
You gotta give Ian Kinsler credit tonight for his hustle on this slide into third base against the Tigers. As you can see,…
Wanna see a brutal slide into third base?
Of course you do ... this is the internet after all.
And face plants are one of the key foundations of how people enjoy the interwebs.
Enter Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler.
The simple act of sliding head-first into third base should be elementary to Major Leaguers.
Too bad the baseball Gods decided to mess with Kinsler...
Ian Kinsler went from first to third on an Elvis Andrus single Thursday night against the Tigers and he certainly got his money’s worth. One has to admire Kinsler’s hustle. And pigs have to admire Kinsler’s desire to play in the dirt. The Russian judge gave him a 7.5.
THAT'S USING YOUR HEAD
In terms of the worst slide that I've ever seen a Major League Baseball player accomplish, this effort from Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler ranks as one of the worst. Watch as Ian slides face first into third base and well, his slide ends up going awry: