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1. Ivan Rodriguez

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was the face of the Texas Rangers for a decade, and why not?  “I-Rod” was considered to be one of the best Catchers of the 1990’s by whatever metric you used.  He could hit for average, eight times batting over .300 for the Rangers, had some power with five seasons over 20 Home Runs, but he was even more known for his defensive skills.

The Top 50 Texas Rangers of All-Time are up

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The next North American franchise, that we will look at in regards to the Top 50 of All-Time are the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers have yet to win the World Series but they have been very competitive as of late and are a solid contender to win the big one in upcoming years.

You can click here to get the entire list here but here is a sneak preview of the top five:

1.  Ivan Rodriguez

2.  Rafael Palmeiro

3.  Juan Gonzalez

4.  Buddy Bell

5.  Jim Sundberg

Up next are the Green Bay Packers, one of the most celebrated sports teams of any discipline.

Look for that soon and as always we thank you for your support!

Michael Young to the Texas Rangers HOF

The Texas Rangers have announced that former infielder, Michael Young, will become the next inductee into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Young was a Texas Ranger from 2000 to 2013 and has the team record in At Bats, Runs Scored, Hits, Total Bases, Doubles and triples and is a seven time All Star.  Young would twice lead the American League in Hits (2005 & 2011) and won the Batting Title in ’05.  He is also a five time Texas Rangers Player of the Year.

His overall statistics as a Texas Rangers includes a Slash Line of .301/.347/.444 with 2,230 Hits and 177 Home Runs.  He finished eighth in MVP voting twice.

Young becomes the 20th player to make the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and he is ranked eleventh in our all-time Texas Rangers list.

We here at would like to congratulate Michael Young for earning this prestigious honor.

The Texas Rangers to retire Ivan Rodriguez' number

Regular visitors to know that we are methodically working on the Top 50 players for every franchise.  The step afterwards will be a look at how each of those organizations honor their past players/executives/coaches in their respective Halls of Fame/Rings of Honor and/or Retired Numbers. 

As such, it is of news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number of former Catcher, and now Hall of Famer, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.  This announcement follows Rodriguez’ selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Rangers have retired three numbers in the past, the #26 of former Manager, Johnny Oates, the #34 of Pitcher, Nolan Ryan and the mandatory retired #42 of Jackie Robinson.  I-Rod’s #9 will make the fourth.

Rodriguez, who will be wearing the Texas Rangers cap on his plaque for the Hall, was selected on his first year of eligibility.  Rodriguez played 1,507 of his 2,543 Games for Texas and was a ten time All Star while playing for the Rangers.  He was named the American League MVP in 1999 and he won 10 Gold Gloves and 6 Silver Sluggers as a Texas Ranger.

His overall numbers as a Texas Ranger include 1,747 Hits, 217 Home Runs, a .304 Batting Average with a bWAR of 49.9.

We here at would like to congratulate Ivan Rodriguez for his latest accomplishment.

Josh Hamilton named to the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

The Texas Rangers have announced that Josh Hamilton will be the next former player to be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame.

It was a long road for Hamilton, a former number one Draft Pick whose career was derailed by a severe drug addiction and after leaving baseball for three years he made a comeback in 2005 he would make his MLB debut in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds at age 26 and after a good rookie campaign he was traded to the Texas Rangers where he would spend the next five seasons, all of which would see him earn All-Star honors.  Hamilton was a vital component of Texas’ back-to-back American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011, and in the former year he would win the MVP while also winning the Batting Title.  Hamilton would sign with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 but returned for one more season in Texas for 2015, which would be his final year in the Majors.

Hamilton’s overall numbers with the Rangers would see him collect 814 Hits with 150 Home Runs, 531 Runs Batted In and a .302 Batting Average

We here at would like to congratulate Josh Hamilton for earning this honor.

The Texas Rangers to retire Michael Young's #10

Regular visitors of know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number 10 of Michael Young.

Debuting for Texas in 2000 and playing there for 12 seasons, Young would become one of the most successful hitters in franchise history.  The infielder would have six 200 Hit Seasons with two of those years being good enough to lead the AL (2005 & 2011). A seven-time All-Star, Young won the Batting Title in 2005 with a .331 Average and had a .301 Batting Average as a Ranger.  He would also smack 177 Home Runs for the squad.

Defensively, he was incredibly versatile as he played at least 400 Games for the franchise at Second Base, Shortstop, and Third Base and was a Gold Glove winner in 2009 (SS).  He was also known for his selfishness and leadership.

As of this writing, he is the franchise leader in Games Played (1,823), Hits (2,230), Doubles (415) and Runs Scored (1,085).

Young’s number will be officially retired on August 31 of this year.

Young’s #10 joins Ivan Rodriguez (#7), Johnny Oates (#26), Adrian Beltre (#29), Nolan Ryan (#34) and the league-mandated (#42) of Jackie Robinson. 

We here at would like to congratulate Michael Young for earning this very prestigious honor.

Our Top 50 All-Time Texas Rangers has been revised

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the first revision of our top 50 Texas Rangers of all-time.

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following: 

  1. Advanced Statistics.
  1. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the American League.
  1. Playoff accomplishments.
  1. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

  1. Ivan Rodriguez
  1. Rafael Palmeiro
  1. Juan Gonzalez
  1. Adrian Beltre
  1. Frank Howard

There is a significant shift in many of the players and a few new ones based on shuffling of the metrics we have used for our Top 50s.

As always we thank you for your support.
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19. Rafael Palmeiro

At the time of the infamous steroids trial, Rafael Palmeiro seemed to come off so good.  Of course when you are sitting next to a man who suddenly suffered from amnesia (Mark McGwire), a man who suddenly forgot the English language (Sammy Sosa) and the man who broke the “bro code” (Jose Canseco) a defiant and confident sounding Rafael Palmeiro could not help but look good.  A few months later, Palmeiro was suspended by Major League Baseball for testing positive for steroids.

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38. Kevin Brown

A lot of baseball players take flak for their high salaries. One of those who did was Kevin Brown who was the first man in professional baseball to sign a contract worth $100 Million. Sadly for Brown, his deterioration rendered that one of the worst contracts as during the final years of his career he was not a player who should have been amongst the games highest paid.

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44. Al Oliver

Al Oliver came to the league in 1969 as a line drive hitter and for eighteen years consistently smacked the ball for hits.  He had over 2,700 hits in his career, and despite not being a genuine power hitter, he had a plethora of RBI’s.

93. Frank Tanana

Frank Tanana won 240 career games, yet never seemed to be on the tip of the tongue when you think of all time great pitchers; or even really good ones. Yet, a closer look at the Michigan native shows a Pitcher whose career was a lot better than you may initially think.
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