Greatest All-Time Texas Rangers at Each Position

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May 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) singles against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) singles against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports /

Left Field

Nelson Cruz did not play much left field during his time with the Rangers. Regardless he is well deserving of this spot. Cruz was a two-time All-Star with Texas and spent eight years in a Ranger uniform.

Cruz went to the post-season three different times with Texas. Making it to the World Series twice, but failed to get a World Series ring. Cruz did manage to grab a playoff series MVP though in 2011. During that series Cruz hit 6 homers and 13 RBI in six games.

Cruz was not known for his great defensive skills, but his bat is tough to beat. During his eight seasons with Texas, Cruz hit .268/.327/.495 with 157 home runs and 489 RBI. Those 157 homers puts Cruz as 8th all-time on the Rangers home run list.

In 2013 Cruz was suspended 50 games for testing positive for PEDs. That was his last season with the Rangers and since then Cruz has put together three straight 40 home run campaigns. Cruz is getting better with age, but the Rangers have to wonder what could’ve been if they had kept Cruz around.

While some other Ranger outfielders have better statistics than Cruz. The post-season was where Cruz shined the brightest. In 34 playoff games Cruz hit 14 homers and 27 RBI. It is going to be hard to find another Rangers outfielder that had as much success in the post-season as Nelson Cruz did with the Rangers.

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