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08:22 AM ET 11.16 | Credit second baseman Ian Kinsler for a willingness to put the team above his position. [Kinsler] said that he would move positions if asked in spring training, a request that would come if the Rangers attempt to wedge rookie Jurickson Profar into the regular lineup. "I'm paid to be a Texas Ranger," Kinsler said Thursday afternoon before hosting Thanksgiving dinner at the Family Gateway in Dallas. "Where I play on the field is not my decision. I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team win regardless of where I am on the fielder or where I'm hitting in the batting order." Kinsler believes that he's a capable second baseman, but Profar would play there unless shortstop Elvis Andrus is traded.

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November 16, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Well, that's refreshing to see a team player in a team sport.

November 16, 2012  09:01 AM ET

Since the man does public relations in the community and comes out and tells everyone he will play anywhere it would be hard now for the Rangers to move him if they were thinking about it.

November 16, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Where would he end up? In the outfield?

November 16, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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Where would he end up? In the outfield?

I think left field.

November 16, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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I think left field.

That's the thought...

November 16, 2012  11:54 AM ET
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That's the thought...

It's a move that worked pretty well for Pete Rose.

November 16, 2012  12:11 PM ET
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I think left field.

Should be a transition he can handle by the end of spring training if that's what they want to do.

November 16, 2012  12:12 PM ET
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It's a move that worked pretty well for Pete Rose.

I think Pete is the only player to ever play more than 500 games at 5 different positions.

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November 16, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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Since the man does public relations in the community and comes out and tells everyone he will play anywhere it would be hard now for the Rangers to move him if they were thinking about it.

michael young??

November 16, 2012  01:17 PM ET
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Where would he end up? In the outfield?

all of the about positions versatility its a most in texas!!

November 16, 2012  04:46 PM ET
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I think Pete is the only player to ever play more than 500 games at 5 different positions.

I didn't realize that--2B, LF, 3B, and 1B--was the 5th position RF?

He was a fine player, and the gambling didn't seem to become a problem until he started managing. He had 2 lineups that he used, one filled with old guys who tended to lose a lot, and one filled with young up-coming stars, who tended to win a lot. He claims that he personally only bet on the team to win, so I guess we can infer which lineup he was betting on.

 
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