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2020 Season

Season Recap: Texas won just 22 games and finished at the bottom of the AL West standings. A lot of big swings produced some homers, but not enough runs for Lance Lynn and the rest of the pitchers. A couple of bright spots for the future were the good seasons enjoyed by outfielder Leody Taveras and infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Incredibly, five of the team’s other nine starters failed to hit .200.

Season Preview: The Rangers have a lineup built to win in a short season, with veterans Todd Frazier, Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo, and Joey Gallo leading the charge. The starting pitching is led by experienced hurlers Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, Mike Minor, and Jordan Lyles. Rafael Montero will get his first chance to close games for Texas after a good 2019 season in the Texas bullpen.

2019 Season

Season Recap: The Rangers finished third in the AL West despite All-Star seasons from Mike Minor, Joey Gallo, and Hunter Pence. Unfortunately, Gallo and Pence were both cut down by injuries in the second half. The Rangers’ best player was probably veteran pitcher Lance Lynn, who went 16–11 and struck out 246 batters. Texas fans were hoping for better years from Roughned Odor and Ronald Guzman, who seemed ready to take it to the next level heading into the season.

May 8, 2019: Joey Gallo became the first player in history to reach 100 home runs before hitting 100 singles.

Season Preview: The Rangers will put a good lineup together in 2019, but few of their players will strike fear into the hearts of opponents. Their great star Adrian Beltre has retired and the team is looking to trade off older players as their young stars come up from the minors. Shortstop Elvis Andrus, slugger Joey Gallo, and reliever Jose Leclrec are their three most exciting players. How many will be Rangers at then end of the season is anyone’s guess.

2018 Season

Season Recap: There were a lot of swings and misses on the Rangers’ way to fifth place in the AL West, but also reasons for fans to get excited. Young stars Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar, Rougie Odor and Nomar Mazara give the Rangers a solid core for the future. Gallo led the club with 40 homers and Profar finished with 35 doubles and 20 homers.

August 16, 2018: The Rangers completed a triple play with the bases loaded by tagging the lead runner, stepping on third and then throwing to second for a force out. It was the first time since 1912 that a team made a triple play without retiring the batter.

June 18, 2018: Bartolo Colon beat the Royals for his 244th career victory. He passed Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most wins by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

May 26, 2018: Shin-Soo Choo hit the 176th home run of his career, breaking Hideki Matsui’s record for home runs by an Asian-born player.

Season Preview: After a great run of winning baseball from 2010 to 2016, the Rangers took a step backwards in 2017. What’s in store for 2018? On paper, Texas has the talent to win 90 games. But many of their leading players have been inconsistent in recent years. If stars like Adrian Beltre, Rougie Odor, Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Gallo, Cole Hamels, and Matt Moore play their best—and Nomar Mazara and Delino DeSHields continue to improve—the Rangers will be a very scary team.

2017 Season

Season Recap: After a slow start to the season, the Rangers heated up in the spring and rose to second place. They were a sub- .500 team from that point on and finished third in the AL West with a 78–84 record. Young hitting stars Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara had breakout seasons, but the team’s starting pitching just gave up too many runs.

July 30, 2017: Adrian Beltre became the first Dominican-born player to reach 3,000 career hits.

July 7, 2017: Adrian Beltre became the 21st player in history to collect 5,000 total bases. Three days earlier he became the 17th player with 600 doubles.

2016 Season

November 1, 2016: The Rangers notched 95 victories in 2016, the most in the American League. This was amazing, considering they only scored a handful more runs than they allowed. They did so with a mix of old and young stars, including 22-year-old Rougned Odor and 37-year-old Adrian Beltre. Cole Hamels and Sam Dyson led the pitching staff. Texas fans were thinking about a pennant until the Rangers were swept by the Blue Jays in the opening round of the playoffs.

August 3, 2016: Newly acquired Carlos Beltran scored the 1,500th run of his career.

June 12, 2016: Cole Hamels struck out the 2,000th batter of his career.

2015 Season

June 26, 2015: Prince Fielder hit the 300th homer of his career. Prince and his father, Cecil, became the second father-son duo to each hit 300 homers. Bobby and Barry Bonds were the first.

May 15, 2015: Adrian Beltre hit the 400th home run of his career. Only 51 other big leaguers had reached that mark.

April 5, 2015: Injuries to Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo CHoo crippled Texas in 2014. If these sluggers can remain healthy in 2015, the Rangers will have a solid offense thanks to teammates Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, and Ryan Rua. The loss of Yu Darvish to an arm injury puts great pressure on the pitching staff. Newcomer Yovani Gallardo will have to pick up the slack.

2014 Season

November 1, 2014: The Rangers started and finished the 2014 strong, but in between it seemed sometimes as if they couldn’t buy a victory. Newcomers Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo missed much of the season with injuries, and Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin could not pick up the slack. With little support, the Rangers pitchers found winning difficult.

April 18, 2014: Elvis Andrus became the team’s all-time leader in stolen bases with 173. He broke the record held by Ian Kinsler.

April 6, 2014: Yu Darvish became the fastest player in history to reach 500 strikeouts. He fanned his 500th batter in 401 2/3 innings.

March 31, 2014: Prince Fielder brings his big bat to Texas, as does leadoff specialist Shin-Soo Choo. That should add up to a lot of runs—something the Rangers lacked in 2013. If pitcher Yu Darvish continues to improve, the team will be tough to beat.

2013 Season

October 1, 2013: Texas looked like it had the AL West wrapped up until a sluggish September dropped them into second place. The Rangers had to win their last seven games just to earn a tie for the final Wild Card spot, and then lost the play-in game to Tampa Bay. Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus led the offense, while Yu Darvish led the league with 277 strikeouts.

September 1, 2013: Adrian Beltre was named AL Player of the Month for August. It marked the third year in a row in which he won a Player of the Month award.

August 1, 2013: In his 50th major-league start, Yu Darvish struck out 14 Arizona Diamondbacks to give him 407 for his career. Since 1900, only Dwight Gooden had more K’s after 50 starts.

March 30, 2013: Texas lost Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and Mike Napoli over the winter, but the team still has a great offense. Nelson Cruz, Lance Berkman, Mitch Moreland, and Elvis Andrus give the Rangers a chance to score runs in bunches. Yu Darvish leads the pitching staff in his second big-league season.

2012 Season

October 6, 2012: Many believed the Rangers would win a third straight pennant. But near the end of the season, the team went into a slump and allowed the Oakland A’s to slip past them into first place in the AL West. They lost the one-game Wild Card playoff to the Baltimore Orioles and their season suddenly ended. Matt Harrison and Yu Darvish led the pitching staff, while Josh Hamilton had another amazing year at the plate.

May 8, 2012: Josh Hamilton slugged four home runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. Only 15 other players had accomplished this feat. Hamilton also hit a double. His 18 total bases set a new AL record.

May 1, 2012: Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish finished his first month as a major leaguer with a perfect 4–0 record in five starts. He was named American League Rookie of the Month.

April, 2012: Well, the big news heading into 2012 is that the Rangers have added Yu Darvish to their pitching staff. He’s 25 years old, and most people say he is the top pitcher in Japan. His mom is Japanese, and his father is Iranian. He was an MVP in 2007 and 2009. Darvish has a good fastball and can control a number of other pitches he uses to fool hitters.

More Go-To Guys

When I was a kid, every time I watched Ken McMullen it seemed like he hit a double and made a great play at third base. (Author’s Collection)

I couldn’t believe it when the Chicago Cubs traded Fergie Jenkins to Texas. He proved he wasn’t washed up when he won 25 games for the Rangers his first year. (Author’s Collection)

When the Rangers signed A-Rod it was literally front-page news. They thought a lot of Spanish-speaking baseball fans would become Rangers fans. I’m not sure that ever happened. (The Sporting News)

Here’s a picture of Elvis Andrus when he was still a minor-leaguer for the Atlanta Braves. (Black Book Partners)

  • Don Lock — Outfielder
    Born: 7/27/1936
    Played for Team: 1962 to 1966
    Don Lock was one of the AL’s best defensive outfielders when he played for the Senators. He also had a dangerous bat. Lock hit 99 homers during his five seasons in Washington.

  • Ken McMullen — Third Baseman
    Born: 6/1/1942
    Played for Team: 1965 to 1970
    Ken McMullen was one of the few quality players to wear a Senators uniform during the 1960s. He fielded his position very well and was a smart, unselfish hitter with good power.

  • Fergie Jenkins — Pitcher
    Born: 12/13/1942
    Played for Team: 1974 to 1975
    Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins spent only two seasons with the Rangers, but during that time he set the bar high for the pitchers who followed him. Jenkins set a franchise record with 25 wins in 1974 and finished a close second to Catfish Hunter in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Jenkins added 17 more victories in 1975.

  • Buddy Bell — Third Baseman
    Born: 8/27/1951
    Played for Team: 1979 to 1985 & 1989
    The Rangers traded Toby Harrah to get Buddy Bell in 1979. He rewarded them with his best season as a big leaguer. Bell had 200 hits, 42 doubles, and 101 RBIs. The following year he batted .329. Bell won six Gold Gloves in a row after joining the Rangers.

  • Kenny Rogers — Pitcher
    Born: 11/10/1964
    Played for Team: 1989 to 1995, 2000 to 2002 & 2004 to 2005
    Kenny Rogers broke into the big leagues with the Rangers as a relief pitcher. After the team made him a starter, he threw a perfect game. Rogers pitched for Texas three different times and won 133 games for the club. He was an All-Star three times for Texas and won four Gold Gloves.

  • Alex Rodriguez — Shortstop
    Born: 7/27/1975
    Played for Team: 2001 to 2003
    Alex Rodriguez signed the biggest contract in baseball history when he joined the Rangers. He led the AL in homers all three years he played with Texas and won his first MVP award in 2001.

  • Mark Teixeira — First Baseman
    Born: 4/11/1980
    Played for Team: 2003 to 2007
    Mark Teixeira was the best switch-hitter in team history. He knocked in 144 runs in 2005 and led the AL with 370 total bases. In five season with Texas, Teixeira hit 153 home runs and had 555 RBIs.

  • Nelson Cruz — Outfielder
    Born: 7/1/1980
    Played for Team: 2006 to 2013
    Nelson Cruz gave the Rangers a second power hitter to go with Josh Hamilton. In the 2011 postseason, Cruz hit eight homers to tie a mark shared by Carlos Beltran and Barry Bonds. His 13 RBIs in the American League Championship Series set a new record.

  • Elvis Andrus — Shortstop
    Born: 8/26/1988
    First Year with Team: 2009
    The Rangers hated to trade Mark Teixeira, but they loved the players they got in return—including Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Elvis Andrus. Andrus won the starting shortstop job at the age of 20 and was an All-Star at the age of 21.

  • Neftali Feliz — Pitcher
    Born: 5/2/1988
    Played for Team: 2009 to 2015
    Neftali Feliz became the team’s closer when he was 21 years old and was an All-Star the following season. With a fastball that has reached 100 mph, he was an easy pick for 2010 AL Rookie of the Year.

More Fun Facts

Guess what? This was the first baseball card I ever traded for. I was 6 years old and I wanted it because my uncle’s name was Pete. Pete Richert was actually a very good pitcher. (Topps, Inc.)

  • ROGER THAT
    After pitching a perfect game in 1994, Kenny Rogers was invited to be on the TV shows Good Morning America and Late Night with David Letterman. His biggest thrill? Teaming up that month at a charity event with music legend…Kenny Rogers!

  • SHATTERED
    How strong is slugger Nelson Cruz? In a 2006 game, he shattered his bat on a swing and still drove the ball all the way to the fence. Before the Oakland A’s outfielders knew what had happened, Cruz circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

  • BREAKING GOOD
    Neftali Feliz did not like the idea of being a relief pitcher when he joined Texas. He wanted to be a starter. The Rangers made him their closer in 2010, and he broke the rookie record for saves, with 40.

  • FOR PETE’S SAKE
    The big trade that brought slugger Frank Howard to the team in 1965 also included pitcher Pete Richert. He made the Senators look like geniuses. Richert was an All-Star both years he played in Washington, and in 1966 he set a team record by striking out seven batters in a row against the hard-hitting DetroitTigers.

  • TAKE THAT!
    One of Washington’s most popular players was first baseman Mike Epstein. He threatened to quit baseball because his first team (the Baltimore Orioles) wouldn’t give him a chance. The Senators traded for him, and he became a star. In Epstein’s first at bat against his old team he hit a grand slam.

League Leaders

Julio Franco is all smiles on the front of his 1990 trading card. I thought the design of this series was kind of ugly. So why did I buy so many boxes?! (Topps, Inc.)

Josh Hamilton had an amazing recovery from drug addiction. I’m glad he wrote a book about it. I haven’t read it so I don’t know if it’s any good. (FaithWorlds)

I never saw Dick Donovan pitch, but when I was young I always heard people say that so-and-so’s slider was better than Donovan’s. I’m guessing Donovan had a pretty good slider. (Topps, Inc.)

  • Home Runs
    1968 — Frank Howard — 44*
    1970 — Frank Howard — 44*
    1992 — Juan Gonzalez — 43
    1993 — Juan Gonzalez — 46
    2001 — Alex Rodriguez — 52
    2002 — Alex Rodriguez — 57
    2003 — Alex Rodriguez — 47

    * Played for Washington Senators

  • Batting Average
    1991 — Julio Franco — .341
    2005 — Michael Young — .331
    2010 — Josh Hamilton — .359

  • Runs Batted In
    1970 — Frank Howard — 126*
    1974 — Jeff Burroughs — 118
    1989 — Ruben Sierra — 119
    1998 — Juan Gonzalez — 157
    2002 — Alex Rodriguez — 142
    2008 — Josh Hamilton — 130

    * Played for Washington Senators

  • Stolen Bases
    No Ranger or Senator has led the league in stolen bases.

  • Wins
    1974 — Fergie Jenkins — 25
    1992 — Kevin Brown — 21
    1998 — Rick Helling — 20

  • Strikeouts
    1989 — Nolan Ryan — 301
    1990 — Nolan Ryan — 232
    2013 — Yu Darvish — 277

  • Earned Run Average
    1961 — Dick Donovan — 2.40
    1969 — Dick Bosman — 2.19
    1983 — Rick Honeycutt — 2.42

Playing for the Championship

YEAR OPPONENT RESULT
2010 San Francisco Giants Lost 4–1
2011 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–1

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