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  • World Series titles: none
  • American League champs: none
  • Division champs: (3) 1999; 1998; 1996
  • Wild Card: none
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Michael Young, Shortstop. Six full major league seasons, five times with 200+ hits, four All-Star games, three times with 650+ at bats and less than 100 K's, two 20+ home run seasons, one leader.

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The 2003 Texas Rangers featured what may go down as one of the best group of infielders to ever play on one team; Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock plugged up the corners, Michael Young and Alex Rodriguez played up the middle, and all four are All-Star players.

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The Texas Rangers are obviously a team in a rebuilding process. They will hope to string together their talent this year to compete in the western division.

Team History

The team was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1961 and was originally called the Washington Senators. The team then moved to Arlington in 1972 and became the Texas Rangers. The Rangers played their first game in Anaheim on April 15th, and lost 1-0 to the Angels. The Rangers would bounce back to win the next game.

Five days later on April 21st the Rangers made their Texas debut in front of 20,105 fans at Arlington Stadium, winning the game 7-6. In their first year, they finished last with a 54-100 record.

After the season, Ted Williams retired as manager. Whitey Herzog was named the new manager, but he was replaced near the end of the 1973 season by Billy Martin. In Martin's first year, the Rangers finished 84-76 just 5 games behind the 3-time World Champion Athletics. The following year the Rangers stumbled and finished with a disappointing 79-83 record. Billy Martin is fired in the middle of the season after a fall out with management.

After excellent seasons between 1977-79, the Rangers came very close in clinching a playoff spot in the first half of 1981. As a player's strike loomed in early June, the Rangers were in 1st place by a half game, but after the Rangers blew a 3-1 lead on the day before the strike start, they dropped into second place by half a game. Had the Rangers held on to win that game they would have been in 1st place when the strike started, thus earning them a trip to the post season as 1st half champions since baseball decided to split the season.

Prior to the 1989 season, the Rangers signed 42-year-old free agent pitcher Nolan Ryan. Ryan had a great season winning 16 games while leading the AL with 301 strikeouts. He collected career strikeout number 5,000 on August 22nd against Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's. The Rangers would go on to finish in 4th place with an 83-70 record.

In April of 1989, the Rangers' owner, Eddie Chiles, sold the team to an investment group headed by future President of the United States George W. Bush. Bush would serve as the Rangers' managing partner until he was elected Governor of Texas in 1994. During this time, the Rangers and the City of Arlington decided to construct a new stadium to replace the aging Arlington Stadium. Ground was broken on October 30, 1991 on what would become The Ballpark in Arlington (now named Rangers Ballpark in Arlington).

In 1996, the Rangers clinched their first post-season birth. With AL MVP Juan Gonzalez establishing new club records in HR with 47 and RBI with 144 the Rangers clinched the division title and earned a trip to the postseason while posting a 90-72 record. In the Rangers first postseason series they faced the New York Yankees and they won Game 1 in Yankee Stadium 6-2. The Yankees, however, would win the next 3 games and win the series 3 games to 1.

The team again won the AL West championships in 1998 and 1999, but got swept each year in the playoffs.

In December 2000, Alex Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers. Though the team featured offensive threats like Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro the Rangers pitching was as usual hopeless and they finished the season with a 71-91 record.

In 2001, Rodriguez hit 52 HRs, but overall the team accumulated a terrible 5.71 ERA and ended the season with a last place record of 73-89. In 2002, Alex Rodriguez continued to be the premier player in the American League and won his second straight Hank Aaron Award. Ivan Rodriguez missed more than 50 games due to injuries. The Rangers finished the season in last place for the 3rd year in a row leading to a trade of Rodriguez to the New York Yankees.

In 2004, the Rangers remained in contention until the last week of the season, eventually finishing in third place behind the Angels and A's, but they finished the season only 3 games out of first place.

In 2005 the Rangers struggled to find consistency amid controversy and injuries. Frank Francisco and Carlos Almanzar, two key members of the bullpen, were sidelined for Tommy John surgery. Kenny Rogers, the team's ace pitcher, received a 20 game suspension from commissioner Bud Selig for attacking a cameraman at Ameriquest Field and the Rangers once again failed to make the playoffs.

Retired Numbers

Owners

  • Thomas O. Hicks 1998-present
  • George W. Bush/Edward W. Rose Partnership 1989-1998
  • H.E. (Eddie) Chiles 1980-1989
  • Bradford G. Corbett 1974-1980
  • Robert E. Short 1968-1974

Managers

Awards

MVP

Rookie of the Year

Silver Slugger

Record Per Season

Year Record PCT
1961 61-100 .379
1962 60-101 .373
1963 56-106 .346
1964 62-100 .383
1965 70-92 .432
1966 71-88 .447
1967 76-85 .472
1968 65-96 .404
1969 86-76 .531
1970 70-92 .432
1971 63-96 .396
1972 54-100 .351
1973 57-105 .352
1974 84-76 .525
1975 79-83 .488
1976 76-86 .469
1977 94-68 .580
1978 87-75 .537
1979 83-79 .512
1980 76-85 .472
1981 57-48 .543
1982 64-98 .395
1983 77-85 .475
1984 69-92 .429
1985 62-99 .385
1986 87-75 .537
1987 75-87 .463
1988 70-91 .435
1989 83-79 .512
1990 83-79 .512
1991 85-77 .525
1992 77-85 .475
1993 86-76 .531
1994 52-62 .456
1995 74-70 .514
1996 90-72 .556
1997 77-85 .475
1998 88-74 .543
1999 95-67 .586
2000 71-91 .438
2001 73-89 .451
2002 72-90 .444
2003 71-91 .438
2004 89-73 .549
2005 79-83 .488
2006 80-82 .494
2007 75-87 .463

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