The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday afternoon that Ian Kinsler and John Blake will be the two individuals inducted into the team Hall of Fame.
A ceremony will take place prior to the August 13th game versus the Seattle Mariners. The two will join a vast star studded list of former impactful players and personnel who either donned the Rangers uniform or made an impact by their work with the Texas Rangers.
From 2006-2013 Kinsler was a fan favorite, who was vital in some of the most successful Rangers seasons in club history. Being a key player in the teams only two World Series appearances, with monster playoff numbers (.311 AVG and a .422 OBP in the postseason), Kinsler has a special place in the hearts of Rangers fans, regardless of how his time in Texas ended.
To this day, Kinsler still holds many franchise records for a 2nd baseman and a leadoff batter and he ranks 2nd in stolen bases, 6th in runs, 7th in extra base hits and walks, and is tied for 8th in home runs. To add to his statistical impact, Kinsler is also one of two 2nd basemen in MLB history to post two 30/30 seasons, and has the only 6 hit cycle since 1900. Kinsler’s statistical prowess and his fiery playing style is much deserving of the recognition and remembrance.
In Blake’s 34 year tenure he has overseen a variety of communication efforts, including public relations, social media, and community and player relations. Blake and fellow Hall of Famer Eric Nadel are the only two employees to be present working at every Rangers postseason game in history. Along with that he spearheaded the communication efforts for the opening of both the Ballpark in Arlington and Globe Life Field. His impact has been insurmountable and his efforts in his role has had him awarded the Robert O. Fishel Award in 1993 and the Harold McKinney Good Guy Award in 2004.
Together, the two will become the 25th and 26th members of the Rangers Hall of Fame, and each are incredibly deserving in their own right.