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Texas Rangers

 
The Texas Rangers is the last team on the list that plays professional baseball under the American League. They represent the Dallas-Ft zone. They play for the Western Division of Major League Baseball. The club came into existence in the year 1961 in Washington and was known as ‘Washington Senators’. The Texas Rangers are the third team (along with ‘Seattle Mariners’ and ‘Washington Nationals’) which has not played in a World Series.
 
History of the Texas Rangers
 
It was Bob Short who announced that the franchise would be given its present name that is Texas Rangers in the year 1972. It was in the same year that the team was defeated (1-0) by the ‘California Angels’. However, they bounced back on the very next day by crushing the same opponent by a 5-1 victory. In 1974, the team salvaged some of its lost form when finished the season at 84-76 and secured the second place only behind ‘Oakland Athletics’ (the World Series Champions).
 
It was due to the persistent and earnest efforts of Bobby Valentine, their team manager that the Texas Rangers rose to fame in the year 1986. It was incidentally their winning season. What is more interesting to note is that in April 1989, Eddie Chiles, the owner of the team sold it to an investment group which had George W. Bush, (the future President of the United States) as one of the members.
 
The Texas Rangers achieved some success during the decade of the 1990s. It was then that the team comprised some of the well known hitters that included Will Clark, Mark McLemore, Rusty Greer, Juan Gonzalez, Mickey Tettleton, Ivan Rodriguez and Dean Palmer. But fortune was not pleased with them. The years from 2001 to 2008 were regarded to be some of the darkest years for the Texas Rangers. It was during this phase that their performance dipped to a very low level. The team faced much controversy owing to the acquisition of Alex Rodriguez who was signed at US$252 million for a contract of 10 years. Interestingly, his individual performance was praised though, the team’s dwindled into oblivion.
 
The period from 2009 to present is marked by phenomenal success for the Texas Rangers. With the inclusion of talented players like Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus, Nefati Feliz and Nelson Cruz, the team is looking forward to perform to the best of their abilities. Scott Feldman too had a terrific record of winning 17 games. Because of this, he finished 3rd in the AL.
 
Texas Rangers Hall of Famers
 
Washington Senators
 
  • Ted Williams
 
Texas Rangers
 
  • Gaylord Perry
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Fergie Jenkins
  • Goose Gossage
  • Whitey Herzog
 
Inductees at the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame
 
2003
 
  • Johnny Oates (Manager)
  • Jim Sundberg (Player and Broadcaster)
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Charlie Hough
 
2004
 
  • Ferguson Jenkins
  • Tom Vandergriff
  • Buddy Bell
 
2005
 
  • Mark Holtz (Broadcaster)
  • John Wetteland
 
2007
 
  • Rusty Greer
 
2009
 
  • Rubén Sierra
  • Toby Harrah
 
Texas Rangers 2010 Spring Training roster
 
Pitchers
 
  • 63 Ben Snyder
  • 64 Pedro Strop 
  • 36 C. J. Wilson
  • 75 Omar Beltré 
  • 54 Matt Harrison
  • 45 Derek Holland
  • 35 Tommy Hunter
  • 62 Michael Kirkman
  • 39 Scott Feldman
  • 30 Neftali Feliz
  • 50 Frank Francisco
  • 40 Rich Harden 
  • 48 Colby Lewis
  • 60 Warner Madrigal
  • 57 Dustin Nippert
  • 56 Darren O'Day
  • 76 Alexi Ogando
  • 52 Doug Mathis
  • 20 Brandon McCarthy 
  • 46 Luis Mendoza
  • 58 Guillermo Moscoso  
  • 28 Darren Oliver
  • 67 Zachary Phillips 
  • 70 Omar Poveda 
  • 49 Chris Ray
 
Catchers
 
  • 21 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • 51 Max Ramírez
  • 2 Taylor Teagarden
 
Infielders
 
  • 19 Chris Davis
  • 5 Ian Kinsler
  • 1 Elvis Andrus
  • 14 Joaquín Árias
  • 3 Andrés Blanco
  • 10 Michael Young
 
Outfielders
 
  • 68 Craig Gentry
  • 32 Josh Hamilton
  • 41 Brandon Boggs 
  • 29 Julio Borbon
  • 17 Nelson Cruz
  • 7 David Murphy
 
Designated hitters
 
  • 27 Vladimir Guerrero
 
Spring Training non-roster invitees
 
Pitchers
 
  • 55 Willie Eyre
 
Catchers
 
  • 15 Matt Treanor
  • 11 Toby Hall
 
Infielders
 
  • 6 Esteban Germán
  • 71 Matthew Brown
  • 23 Gregorio Petit
 
Outfielders
 
  • 8 Endy Chávez
 
Coaches/Managers
Manager
 
  • 38 Ron Washington
 
Coaches
 
  • 24 Gary Pettis (first base)
  • 31 Mike Maddux (pitching)
  • 4 Jackie Moore (bench)
  • 16 Dave Anderson (third base)
  • 43 Andy Hawkins (bullpen)
  • 13 Clint Hurdle (hitting)
  • 53 Johnny Narron (coach)
 
60-day disabled list
 
  • 37 Eric Hurley
 

 

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