The Texas Rangers
Founded - 1961 as the new Washington Senators
Stadium - The Ballpark in Arlington since 1994 (Arlington, Texas)
Best Team Record - 95-67 (.586) 1999; AL West Division Champions
Worst Team Record - 56-106 (.346) 1963; 10th Place American League
World Series Winners - none
Division Winners - 1996 1998 1999
Wild Card Winners - none

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1/5/10: Contract Year Wonder - The Texas Rangers have won the gullibility sweepstakes, signing third baseman Adrian Beltre to a six-year, $96 million contract. Beltre, who turns 32 in April, has had two spectacular seasons: 2004 and 2010, both contract years. In his 11 big league seasons outside of 2004 and 2010, Beltre has an RSL of .264/.318/.435.

There is some hope for Rangers fans. Beltre represents a huge upgrade defensively at the hot corner over Michael Young, who shifts to designated hitter. In fact, over the past three seasons, no third baseman has saved more runs defensively than Beltre (55) and none has cost his team more runs than Young (-31). Additionally, Beltre's 2010 season was not a product of Fenway Park, as he went .327/.370/.583 on the road. He has gone .306/.336/.521 for his career in Arlington.

Still, third basemen in their mid-30s tend to age quickly and Beltre has been a bust whenever not directly motivated by money. Expect a terrific year for him in 2016, however, since he is incredible every six years and will be once again playing for a contract.

Franchise History

Second Verse, Same as the First - After the original Washington Senators split town to become the Minnesota Twins, the District was immediately given a new baseball team in 1961, again called the Senators, who played at RFK Stadium. Shockingly, the team left town after 12 lackluster seasons.

The Rangers - The team arrived in Arlington, Texas, and became the Rangers in 1972, but the move did not produce immediate dividends; the franchise failed to win a division title until the late date of 1996. Now playing in the Ballpark at Arlington, the franchise has come to be known as one of high offense and mediocre pitching.

Best Trade in Team History - In 1988, the Rangers acquired Rafael Palmeiro, along with Drew Hall and Jamie Moyer, in exchange for Mitch Williams, Paul Kilgus, Steve Wilson, Curtis Wilkerson, Luis Benitez, and Pablo Delgado. Of the six Chicago-bound Rangers, only Williams performed well, and even his success was fleeting, while Palmeiro and Moyer blossomed into Hall of Fame-caliber players.

Worst Trade in Team History (Where to Begin?!?!) - On July 29, 1989, the Rangers traded Sammy Sosa, Wilson Alvarez, and Scott Fletcher to the Chicago White Sox for Harold Baines and Fred Manrique. Alvarez pitched a no-hitter at the age of 21 for the White Sox and Sammy Sosa became one of the greatest homerun hitters in baseball history, while Baines barely spent a calender year with the Sox before being dealt the following year to the A's.

In 1992, the Rangers sent Ruben Sierra, Bobby Witt, and Jeff Russell to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jose Canseco. Canseco missed most of 1993, had a solid 1994, and then wore out his welcome and was traded to the Red Sox, but not before getting all of the Texas Rangers hooked on steroids.

On December 6, 2002, the Rangers traded Travis Hafner and Aaron Myette to the Cleveland Indians for Einar Diaz and Ryan Drese. Drese was a disaster with the Rangers, as most pitchers are at The Ballpark, and Diaz played one sub-par season before moving on, while Hafner has become one of the most feared hitters in baseball. For what its worth, at least they ended up trading Diaz as part of a deal to acquire Chris Young.

On December 8, 2005, the Rangers traded Alfonso Soriano to the Washington Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Armando Galarraga, and Terrmel Sledge. Soriano became the first player ever to hit 40 homeruns, 40 doubles, and steal 40 bases while leading the NL in outfield assists, while Wilkerson has struggled to keep his on-base percentage over .300.

On January 6, 2006, the Rangers traded Chris Young, Adrian Gonzalez, and Terrmel Sledge to the San Diego Padres for Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka, and Billy Killian. Eaton played 65 innings for the Rangers, and Otsuka has been a very good reliever, while Young and Gonzalez have become two of the bright young stars of the National League. Links for the Texas Rangers

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Texas Rangers Archive

All Time Team
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Underrated Player
Most Underrated Pitcher
Best Player Name
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Designated Hitter
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Johnny Oates
Juan Gonzalez
Ferguson Jenkins
Jeff Kunkel
Chan Ho Park
Juan Gonzalez
Rusty Greer
Jim Kern
Oddibe McDowell
Ivan Rodriguez
Rafael Palmeiro
Julio Franco
Buddy Bell
Alex Rodriguez
Toby Harrah
Frank Howard
Don Lock
Juan Gonzalez
Ruben Sierra
Kenny Rogers
Charlie Hough
Nolan Ryan
Kevin Brown
Ferguson Jenkins
Jeff Russell
John Wetteland
All Time Leaders
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Slugging Percentage
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Bases on Balls
1573 - Rafael Palmeiro
5830 - Rafael Palmeiro
958 - Rafael Palmeiro
1723 - Ivan Rodriguez
344 - Ivan Rodriguez
44 - Ruben Sierra
372 - Juan Gonzalez
1180 - Juan Gonzalez
161 - Bump Wills
3073 - Juan Gonzalez
.319 - Al Oliver

428 - Kenny Rogers
2308.0 - Charlie Hough
139 - Charlie Hough
123 - Charlie Hough
1452 - Charlie Hough
1001 - Bobby Witt
3.26 - Gaylord Perry
17 - Ferguson Jenkins
150 - John Wetteland
Single Season Leaders

690 - Michael Young, 2004
133 - Alex Rodriguez, 2001
221 - Michael Young, 2005
50 - Juan Gonzalez, 1998
14 - Ruben Sierra, 1989
57 - Alex Rodriguez, 2002
157 - Juan Gonzalez, 1998
52 - Bump Wills, 1978
393 - Alex Rodriguez, 2001
.341 - Julio Franco, 1991
.420 - Rafael Palmeiro, 1999
.643 - Juan Gonzalez, 1996
1.050 - Rafael Palmeiro, 1999
85 - Mitch Williams, 1987
328.1 - Ferguson Jenkins, 1974
25 - Ferguson Jenkins, 1974
22 - Denny McLain, 1971
301 - Nolan Ryan, 1989
143 - Bobby Witt, 1986
2.17 - Mike Paul, 1972
6 - Fergie Jenkins, 1974
6 - Bert Blyleven, 1976
49 - Francisco Cordero, 2004
Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan

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Award Winners
Most Valuable Player
Jeff Burroughs - 1974
Juan Gonzalez - 1996
Juan Gonzalez - 1998
Ivan Rodriguez - 1999
Alex Rodriguez - 2003
Josh Hamilton - 2010

Cy Young

Rookie of the Year
Mike Hargrove - 1974
Neftali Feliz - 2010

Fireman of the Year
Jim Kern - 1979
Jeff Russell - 1989

Dave Kingman
Jeff Burroughs - 1975
Tom Grieve - 1976
Pete Incaviglia - 1990
Dean Palmer - 1997
Chris Davis - 2009

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters

Triple Crown Pitchers

3-4-5 Club

100-Plus Club
Juan Gonzalez (45/157) 1998
Rafael Palmeiro (47/148) 1999
Mark Teixeira (43/144) 2005

500 Outs Club
Buddy Bell - 1979
Ruben Sierra - 1987
Ruben Sierra - 1989
Michael Young - 2006
Michael Young - 2010

50 Home Run Club
Alex Rodriguez (52) 2002
Alex Rodriguez (57) 2003

30-30 Club
Alfonso Soriano (36/30) 2005 Bobby Bonds (31/43) 1978 - split with White Sox
Ian Kinsler (31/31) 2009
Ian Kindler (32/30) 2011