The 10 Greatest Home Run Hitters in Texas Rangers History
By Chris Giles
#8 Nelson Cruz
Years: 8 (2006-2013)
Nelson Cruz just completed his 17th season in MLB. At 40, Cruz looks like he still has some gas left in the tank as he hit 32 HR in 2021.
For his career, Cruz has hit 449 HR and 1,238 RBI to go along with a .277 BA. Cruz has hit 40 or more HR on four occasions and 30 more more HR four additional times.
Cruz has quite a resume and it’s not over. Cruz has made seven All-Star appearances, participated in the 2009 Home Run Derby, was named to the All-MLB First Team in 2019 and the Second Team in 2020, was the ALCS MVP in 2011, has won four Silver Slugger Awards (2015, 2017, 2019, 2020), won the Roberto Clement Award in 2021, won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in 2020, was the AL HR leader (40) in 2014, was the AL RBI leader (119) in 2017, is a two-time winner of the Edgar Martinez Award (2017, 2019), and was named to the All-World Baseball Classic Team in 2013.
According to baseball-reference.com, Cruz has earned more than $124M for his career including $10.5M in 2013 when he was a member of the Rangers. Cruz is currently a free agent.