2021 is a year Texas Rangers fans will be more than happy to leave behind. Besides it being another pandemic-ridden year, it was one of the worst in the history of the franchise, as they would lose 102 games.
But even in a year as anti-climactic as 2021 was for the Rangers, there were still some great moves made by the organization. Some of them could even be long-lasting in terms of their effects, and that’s important because you have to start somewhere in a quest to build back up to contender status.
Here are three we’re glad the Texas Rangers made this past season.
3 moves we’re glad the Texas Rangers made in 2021
Calling up Adolis Garcia
This one goes without saying: Adolis Garcia was the best thing to happen to the 2021 Texas Rangers.
Initially an injury replacement for Ronald Guzman, Garcia arrived on the scene and prompted to tear it up, winning Rookie of the Month honors in May and earning an All-Star selection in July.
Ultimately, Garcia was snubbed as an AL Rookie of the Year finalist, but still had a memorable debut season full of defensive gems and dramatic home runs, every single one of which we cherished.
It was really unfortunate that Garcia’s emergence came at the cost of Guzman, who had looked really strong in spring training and was primed to make a case of his own, but such were the circumstances and El Bombi made the most of his opportunity.
Garcia already has his spot on the 2022 team secured, and he’ll be surrounded by better talent this time around, but it was really him that made the 2021 season a little more bearable for Rangers fans.