The Texas Rangers All-Time Team roster is almost complete. Today I reveal who made the team as an outfielder. But before I do let’s take a look at the team thus far.
Relief and Closing Pitchers:
- First Base, Rafael Palmeiro (.290/.378/.519)
- Second Base, Ian Kinsler (.273/.349/.454)
- Third Base, Adrian Beltre (.315/.364/.530)
So, who made the cut? John Williams has a good idea of who made the roster:
Now it’s time to reveal which outfielders were voted to YOUR Texas Rangers All-Time Team.
Hamilton began his 5 season career with the Texas Rangers in 2008. Josh Hamilton was named American League Player of the Month for April and May, he also led all ML players in RBI both months with 192 and 168 respectively. He was an All-Star all five seasons as a Ranger, and won the AL Silver Slugger award in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Hamilton’s time with the Texas Rangers ended after he played 647 games, racked up 142 home runs and drove in 506 runs.
I think many Texas Rangers fans (myself included at times) have forgotten all the good Hamilton did as a Ranger. Let’s have a stroll down Good Memory Lane.
On May 16, 2008 Hamilton went 5-for-5 with 5 RBI against the Houston Astros.
Hambone launched his first career walk-off home run on July 9, 2008, and it wouldn’t be his last one in a Rangers uniform.
2010 would prove to be a magical season for Josh Hamilton. He won the American League batting title with a league-leading .359 average. Hamilton was named ALCS MVP, American League MVP and Major League Player of the Year. It was a great season for Rangers fans everywhere, and Josh Hamilton is undeniably one of the biggest reasons why.
April 21, 2010 Hamilton hits the first of 32 home runs, and it’s a 3-run homer at Fenway Park.
July 4, 2010 Hambone hits his 20th home run of the season with this 2-run home run.
Hamilton irks New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the ALCS we he smacks a 3-run HR in the first inning.
On October 19 Josh Hamilton ties the LCS record with four home runs.
Hamilton was so hot that in Game 6 he was intentionally walked three times, which also set a postseason record.
On May 8, 2012 Josh Hamilton set career highs for one game as he went 5-for-5, hit 4 two-run HR and a double for a total of 8 RBI.
Greer played his entire 9 season (1994-2002) career with the Texas Rangers. He made his MLB debut on May 16, 1994. Greer hit a home run in his second at-bat, only Ruben Sierra had previously accomplished this as a Ranger. Even though Rusty Greer played in over a 1,000 games, he most remembered for making a diving catch in the outfield to protect Kenny Rogers perfect game in the 9th inning. Greer finished his career hitting .305/.387/.478 with an OPS+ of 119, 614 RBI, and 119 home runs. On August 11, 2007 Rusty Greer was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
July 28, 1994 Greer’s most remembered play.
Kansas City Royals pitcher, and Texas native, Billy Brewer is really not happy with Greer’s walk-off homer.
The Texas Rangers signed Gonzalez at the age of 16 in 1986. At the ripe old age of 19 the Puerto Rico native made his MLB debut on September 1, 1989 and hit his first career home run on September 18 and the first HR hit by a teen in Texas Rangers history. In 1993 Juan Gonzalez beat Ken Griffey, Jr. in the Home Run Derby 5-4. He won his first consecutive Silver Slugger Awards in 1992 and 1993. Gonzalez won the 1996 AL MVP award, beating out Alex Rodriguez.
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Gonzalez won three consecutive Silver Slugger Awards in 1996, 1997 and 1998. In 1998 he beat Nomar Garciaparra for the AL MVP award, making him the first Latin American native to win multiple MVP Awards. Gonzalez left the Rangers after the ’99 season, but returned for two more seasons in 2002.
Juan Gonzalez declined the Texas Rangers invitation to induct him in their Hall of Fame in 2013.
Although MLB.com only had these two clips, Bob Costas summed up Gonzalez’ 1996 season.
"Steinbrenner better check the deed because it’s Juan Gonzalez that owns the Yankees these days.” ~ Bob Costas"
July 5, 1998 Juan Gonzalez made history when he hit 100 RBI before the All-Star break.
I can’t disagree too much with the outfielders chosen. Personally, I would have liked to see Ruben Sierra make the list, but my vote doesn’t count. There is only one edition left, and I will reveal which players you voted at catcher, shortstop and DH to round out YOUR Texas Rangers All-Time Team.
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