ESPN ranks Ian Kinsler third among 2nd basemen

The Detroit News

Buster Olney places Tigers' Ian Kinsler third among the game's second basemen in his annual rankings for ESPN.com.

Ian Kinsler

Only the Astros' Jose Altuve and Mariners' Robinson Cano are better, the baseball insider says.

Kinsler hit .288 (178-for-618) with 28 home runs and 83 RBIs in 153 games last season. He also won his first Gold Glove.

Olney on Kinsler: "At the end of Kinsler's career, he might look back on his trade from the Rangers to the Tigers as something that was good for him — a stunning deal in the fall of 2013 that seemed to re-energize him. He lost weight, and though he joined Detroit for his age-32 season, his performance has continued to be more consistent than ever, even with the move from an acute hitters' park for his home games to a pitchers' park."

At 34, Kinsler continues to garner admiration. He racked up 117 runs last season, the second-most of his career, while surpassing the 1,000-mark (1,059). He has 212 homers and 211 steals.

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