Texas Rangers Greatest All-Time Closers

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October 6, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; General view of introductions and fly over before the Texas Rangers play against the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
October 6, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; General view of introductions and fly over before the Texas Rangers play against the Toronto Blue Jays in game one of the 2016 ALDS playoff baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell spent ten years with the Texas Rangers and not just as the closer. Russell was an All-Star twice as a member of the Rangers. Once as a starting pitcher in 1988 and the other as a closer in 1989.

During the 1989 season Russell went 6-4 1.98 ERA in 71 games with a league leading 66 games finished and a league leading 38 saves. He also finished ninth in the CY Young balloting during the 1989 season.

Russell went 42-40 3.73 ERA in 445 games and 134 saves during his ten seasons with Texas. That is not all as Russell also made the post-season with the Rangers in 1996. Pitching in only two games, but he was part of the series.

Russell is second all-time in saves with 134 in Rangers history. He is the only player in history to have 400 plus strikeouts and 100 or more saves as a member of the Rangers. Russell played 14 years in the MLB, but his best seasons came as a member of the Rangers.

Finished his career after the 1996 season with the Rangers. Russell is 58th all-time in saves, but was a great closer in Texas.

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