Texas Rangers Have Seven Former Players on 2018 HOF Ballot
By Andrew Webb
The Texas Rangers watched catcher Ivan Rodriguez join the Hall of Fame last year, and we could see more former Rangers players join Cooperstown this year. Which former Rangers players are on the 2018 HOF ballot?
The Texas Rangers have two players that went into the Hall of Fame wearing the Rangers cap. Pitcher Nolan Ryan and last year catcher Ivan Rodriguez, but could there be more soon?
All of the former Rangers on the HOF ballot likely won’t be going in as Rangers. The Rangers have plenty of candidates, but none spent enough time in Arlington to go in as Rangers. The biggest name of the group is outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.
Vlad earned 71.7 percent of the votes last year and needs just 75 percent to join the Hall of Fame. He put together a phenomenal 16-year career, but played just one season in Arlington. Guerrero played the 2010 season in Arlington and hit .300 with 29 home runs and 155 RBI.
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Slamming Sammy Sosa is another player that spent little time in Arlington, but made a big impact. Sosa started and end his 18-year career in Arlington, but has little chance of reaching Cooperstown. Sosa received just 8.6 percent of the vote last year despite 609 career home runs.
Continuing the brief stops in Arlington are outfielder Andruw Jones and infielder Omar Vizquel. They were teammates on the Rangers in 2009. Neither will go in wearing a Rangers uniform, but both worthy of consideration for Cooperstown.
Slugger Carlos Lee is on the ballot, but spent just two months as a member of the Texas Rangers. He was more known for the role he played on the Houston Astros rather than the Rangers. He was part of the trade that brought Nelson Cruz to Arlington.
Two more former Rangers are on the ballot and those are pitchers Jamie Moyer and Kevin Millwood. Moyer spent two of his earlier years in Arlington, but his career didn’t take off until he was in his 30’s.
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Millwood spent the longest in Arlington among these candidates. He played four seasons in Texas and went 48-46 with a 4.57 ERA in 125 games from 2006-2009. Whether you like them or not, all these players played a role in the history of the Texas Rangers.