Ian Kinsler and John Blake selected as Class of 2022 in Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame
Arlington, Texas—Ian Kinsler, whose combination of speed and power made him the most prolific first hitter in club history, and John Blake, who led the franchise’s communications efforts for more than three decades, were selected as the 25th and 26th inmates of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced today.
Kinsler and Blake will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame at a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, August 13 prior to the 6:15 p.m. game with the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Field.
Additionally, the Rangers will honor new Hall of Fame inductees at the 2022 Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Luncheon Presented by Coca-Cola, which is scheduled for Friday, August 12 at Live! by Loews—Arlington, TX, 1600 East Randol Mill Road (76011). Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and a number of former Kinsler teammates and Rangers Hall of Famers are expected to attend. Tickets and more information can be found at texasrangers.com/halloffame. Net proceeds will benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
Kinsler holds multiple offensive records for a Rangers second baseman and hit .273 with 156 homers and 539 RBI in 1,066 games with Texas from 2006-2013. He ranks second to Elvis Andrus on the all-time list of the club in stolen bases (172), sixth in runs (748), seventh in extra hits (428) and walks (462), and eighth in homers. (156 tied), doubles (249), total goals (1,908) and multi-shot plays (335).
He is one of 13 players and two second basemen in Major League history with 30 homers and 30 interceptions each in multiple seasons, accomplishing the feat in 2009 and 2011. Kinsler holds club records for most of games started (662) and homers (109) when batting first in the batting order, including a team hitting 29 homers in the first inning. He also scored over 100 runs on four occasions, tying Michael Young for the club record.
Kinsler also excelled in the playoffs for the Rangers, setting career team highs with a .311 batting average and .422 on-base percentage in 34 games with Texas. He has the only six-hit cycle in a nine-inning game since 1900, tying the team’s overall ratings for hits (6) and runs (5) on April 15, 2009 against Baltimore. A three-time AL Star as a Ranger (2008-10-12), Kinsler was the team’s 2006 Rookie of the Year.
Overall, Kinsler finished his Major League career with a .269 batting average, 257 homers, 909 RBI and 243 stolen bases in 1,888 games with the Rangers (2006-13), Tigers (2014-17 ), Angels (2018), Red Sox (2018) and Padres (2019). He also played for Israel at the Summer Olympics in Beijing last year. Currently, Kinsler serves as Special Assistant, Baseball Operations and Player Development for San Diego.
Blake spent 34 of his 44 years in professional baseball with the Rangers, originally joining the club as director of media relations on November 1, 1984. He also served as vice president of public relations and vice Senior President of Communications for two decades in his first stint with the organization which extended through the 2004 season. Blake returned to the Rangers as Executive Vice President of Communications on November 1, 2008 and rose to as executive vice president of public affairs last January.
During his career with Rangers, Blake oversaw media and public relations, broadcast, community and player relations, marketing, social media, alumni initiatives, photography, archives and publications while being the main spokesperson for the team for 34 years. He was responsible for communications efforts during the construction and opening of Ballpark in Arlington and Globe Life Field.
Blake joins Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel as the only team employee to have worked all 52 of Texas’ postseason games. Overall, he held a communications position at 30 World Series and 25 MLB All-Star Games. Blake was the 1993 recipient of MLB’s Robert O. Fishel Award for Excellence in Public Relations and received the 2004 Harold McKinney Good Guy Award from the BBWAA Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter.
After graduating from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1977, Blake served two years as that school’s sports information director before beginning his baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles in 1979. He was the Orioles’ media information manager at the time of his move to Texas. in 1984. Blake also served as vice president of media relations for the Boston Red Sox from 2006 to 2008.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame was established in 2003 to honor individuals who have excelled for the franchise both on and off the field. To be considered for selection to the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, former players must have spent at least four seasons in a Texas uniform and be retired as an active player for at least one year.
More details on the August 13 Hall of Fame pre-game ceremony will be announced.