Pete O’Brien was a consistent player for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 7:38 am

Lefty swinging 1B Pete O’Brien was a consistent player for the Texas Rangers, but he was never really a standout!  He played in 946 games in his seven years with the Rangers and he was 914 of 3,351 (.273 avg, .780 OPS) with 419 runs scored, 114 homers, 487 RBI and 19 stolen bases.  O’Brien’s best season for the Rangers came in 1986, when he finished #17 in the voting for the MVP Award.  O’Brien played in 156 games for the Rangers in 1986 and he was 160 of 551 (.290 avg, .854 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 23 homers, 90 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  O’Brien is still #19 in Rangers’ history with his 114 homers!  He is also tied for #26 in batting average (.273), #21 in OBP (.348), tied for #28 in SLG (.432), #26 in OPS (.780), #14 in games played (946), tied for #18 in runs scored (419), #15 in hits (914), #17 in doubles (161), tied for #26 in triples (16), #17 in RBI (487) and he is still tied for #9 in walks (404) in Rangers’ history!

Jim Sundberg was a pretty darn good catcher for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 August 2016 at 8:54 am

Righty swinging Jim Sundberg was a darn good catcher for the Texas Rangers.  He played in 1,512 games in his 12 years with the Rangers and he was 1,180 of 4,684 (.252 avg, .675 OPS) with 482 runs scored, 60 homers, 480 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.  He was a six time Gold Glove Award winner and he was an All-Star twice with the Rangers.  Sundberg was an All-Star in 1978 for the Rangers.  He played in 149 games for the Rangers last year and he was 144 of 518 (.278 avg, .739 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 6 homers, 58 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Sundberg is still #3 in games played (1,512) in Rangers’ history.  He is also #44 in batting average (.252), #36 in OBP (.330), #13 in runs scored (482), #7 in hits (1,180), #8 in doubles (200), tied for #6 in triples (27), #34 in homers (60), #18 in RBIs (480) and #4 in walks (544) in Rangers’ history.

Jeff Russell was a solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 9:32 am

Righty reliever/starter Jeff Russell was a rock solid pitcher for the Texas Rangers.  Russell pitched in 445 games (39 starts) in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 42-40 with 134 saves, a 3.73 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP.  He gave up 735 hits and 295 walks while whiffing 474 batters in his 752 2/3 innings for the Rangers.  He also pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Rangers and he was 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He made the All-Star team twice with the Rangers, once as a starting pitcher (1988) and the next year as a closer (1989)!  Russell pitched in 34 games (24 starts) in 1988 for the Rangers and he was 10-9 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.  In 1989, Russell pitched in 71 games (0 starts) with the Rangers in which he was 6-4 with an American League leading 38 saves, a 1.98 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.  He gave up only 45 hits and 24 walks while whiffing 77 batters in 72 2/3 innings for the Rangers in 1989.  Russell is currently #2 in both games pitched (445) and saves (134) in Rangers’ history!  He is also #13 in ERA (3.73), #23 in wins (42), #19 in WHIP (1.37), #21 in innings pitched (752 2/3) and #22 in strikeouts (474) in Rangers’ history!

Rafael Palmeiro was pretty awesome with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:38 am

You have to wonder if lefty swinging 1B Rafael Palmeiro was legit when he played with the Texas Rangers.  After all, he failed a drug test for PEDs shortly after he waved his finger on Capitol Hill telling congress that he never used them!  Even if it was a mirage, Palmeiro was pretty awesome in his time with the Texas Rangers.  He played in 1,573 games in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 1,692 of 5,830 (.290 avg, .897 OPS) with 958 runs scored, 321 homers, 1,039 RBIs and 44 stolen bases!  His best year for the Rangers are in 1999, when he played in 158 games in which he was 183 of 565 (.324 avg, 1.050 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 47 homers, 148 RBIs and 2 stolen bases!  He was only an All-Star twice with the Rangers and he won 1 Gold Glove.  He has 100 or more RBIs in six of his ten years with the Rangers!  He also hit 37 or more homers six times and 40 or more homers three times in his 10 years with the Rangers.  Palmeiro is currently still #2 in Rangers’ history in games played (1,573), runs scored (958), homers (321) and RBIs (1,039).  He is also the Rangers’ all-time leader in walks with 805 of them.  Palmeiro is also #3 in hits (1,692), tied for #16 in batting average (.290), #6 in OBP (.378), #5 in SLG (.519), #5 in OPS (.897), #3 in doubles (321), tied for #8 in triples (25) and he is tied for #33 in stolen bases (44).  Despite having 3,020 hits and 569 homers in his Major League career, I don’t think Palmeiro will ever get into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Ivan Rodriguez was one of the greatest players in Texas Rangers’ history

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 4:01 pm

Righty swinging catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was an outstanding catcher for the Texas Rangers.  He had a rocket launcher attached to his right shoulder and he was a pretty solid hitter.  Rodriguez’ best season for the Rangers came in 1999 when he was the MVP of the American League.  Rodriguez played in 144 games for the Rangers in 1999 and he was 199 for 600 (.332 avg, .914 OPS) with 116 runs scored, 35 homers, 113 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.  He played in 1,507 games in his 13 years with the Rangers and he was 1,747 of 5,754 (.304 avg, .828 OPS) with 866 runs scored, 217 homers, 842 RBIs and 81 stolen bases.  Rodriguez is still #4 in games played (1,507) in Rangers’ history.  He is also #2 in hits (1,747), #2 in doubles (352), tied for 4th in triples (28), #7 in batting average (.307), #9 in OPS (.828), #4 in runs scored (866), #4 in homers (217) and #4 in RBIs (842) in Rangers’ history.  In his 13 years with the Rangers, Rodriguez was an All-Star 10 times, he won 10 Gold Gloves and he won 6 Silver Slugger Awards.

Julio Franco was a rock solid hitter for the Texas Rangers in his time with the team

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 21 April 2013 at 4:19 pm

Righty swinging 2B Julio Franco was a hitting machine for the Rangers.  He played in 632 games in his five years with the Rangers and he was 725 of 2,358 (.307 avg, .822 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 55 homers, 331 RBIs and 98 stolen bases.  Franco’s best season with the Rangers came back in 1991, when he won the American League batting title with a .341 batting average.  Franco played in 146 games for the Rangers in 1991 and he was 201 of 589 (.341 avg, .882 OPS) with 108 runs scored, 15 homers, 78 RBIs and 36 stolen bases.  Franco was a 3-time American League All-Star in his five years with the Rangers and he also won 3 Silver Slugger Awards.  Franco is still has the #3 career batting average (.307) in Rangers’ history.

Billy Sample was a solid outfielder for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 5 July 2012 at 10:33 am

Righty swinging outfielder Billy Sample was a solid outfielder for the Rangers. He played in 675 games in his seven years with the Rangers and he was 587 of 2,177 (.270 avg, .710 OPS) with 330 runs scored, 39 homers, 201 RBIs and 92 stolen bases. That being said, Sample was only a full-time starter in 1983 for the Rangers and he played pretty well that year. Sample played in 147 games for the Rangers in 1983 and he was 152 of 554 (.274 avg, .732 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 12 homers, 57 RBIs and 44 stolen bases. Sample is still tied for 10th in Rangers/Senators’ history with Chuck Hinton in steals with 92 of them.

Steve Comer was a flash in the pan for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 31 May 2012 at 4:09 pm

Righty reliever/starter Steve Comer hit the ground running as a rookie in 1978 for the Rangers. He pitched in 30 games (11 starts) for the Rangers in 1978 and he was 11-5 with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Comer followed up a solid rookie season by pitching in 36 games (all starts) for the Rangers in 1979 and he was 17-12 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Comer was never the same after 1979, as his career started to fade. Comer pitched in 151 games (62 starts) in his five years with the Rangers and he was 39-29 with 13 saves, a 3.80 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Comer is #4 in win/loss percentage (57.4%) in Rangers’ history.

Al Oliver was an outstanding hitter for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 23 April 2012 at 1:09 pm

Lefty swinging OF/1B/DH Al Oliver was only with the Rangers for four seasons, but he left his mark. Oliver played in 534 games in his four years with the Rangers and he was 639 of 2,032 (.319 avg, .824 OPS) with 283 runs scored, 49 homers, 337 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Oliver’s best season with the Rangers came in 1980. Oliver played in 163 games in 1980 for the Rangers and he was 209 of 656 (.319 avg, .838 OPS) with 96 runs scored, 19 homers, 117 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Oliver made it to 2 All Star teams and he won 2 Silver Slugger Awards in his four years with the Rangers. He is also the Rangers’ all-time leader in batting average with a .319 mark.

Ruben Sierra had a very solid career with the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 27 June 2011 at 10:32 am

Switch-hitting outfieler Ruben Sierra was one of the best outfielders in Rangers’ history. Sierra’s best season with the Rangers came in 1989. Sierra played in 162 games for the Rangers in 1989 and he was 194 for 634 (.306 avg, .889 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 35 doubles, 14 triples (led the majors), 29 homers, 119 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Sierra finished 2nd in the MVP Voting in the A.L. in 1989 while making the All-Star team and winning a Silver Slugger Award. Sierra played in 1,190 games in his 10 years with the Rangers and he was 1,281 of 4,580 (.280 avg, .796 OPS) with 645 runs scored, 180 homers, 742 RBIs and 90 stolen bases. Sierra is #7 in Rangers’ history in games played with 1,190. He is also #5 in hits (1,281), #5 in runs scored (645), #6 in doubles (257), #2 in triples (44), #5 in homers (180) and #5 in RBIs (742) in Rangers’ history. Sierra made is to 3 All-Star teams as a member of the Rangers and he also won 1 Silver Slugger Award.

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