How does the old saying go? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?” Had Tigers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler minded those words of wisdom after the August 14th game in Arlington, Texas, he might have a little more cash in his wallet today.
Kinsler had a fair amount of choice words for umpire Angel Hernandez, who threw Kinsler out of Monday’s game thanks to a sideways glance. Kinlser, never one to shy away from saying what’s on his mind, was candid with the press afterwards. “I don’t know how, for as many years as he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to reevaluate his career choice, he really does.” When the press asked him if he was on the record — since the league tends to frown on opening bad-mouthing umpires — Kinsler said, “Sure, if I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it.”
That fine has found its way to Kinsler, and he stands by everything he said, although he did politely shake hands with Hernandez at the start of the next day’s game.
Ian Kinsler says he was fined for comments about umpire Angel Hernandez, but no regrets for speaking honestly.— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) August 18, 2017
Asked how much the fine was for, Kinsler said, “Undisclosed.”