The 2012 Texas Rangers: Where are they now?

Chris Giles
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 02: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers stands in the dugout before their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on October 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Where are they now: 2012 Texas Rangers Bullpen

In November 2011, Joe Nathan was signed to a two-year free agent contract with Texas.  In 2012, Nathan represented the Rangers in the All-Star game.  At 37, Nathan pitched 64.1 innings in 66 games, with a 3-5 record, 2.80 ERA, and 37 saves.  Nathan played one more season with the Texas Rangers, and three more seasons of MLB before retiring after the 2016 season.

Alexi Ogando was in his 3rd season with the Rangers in 2012.  In 58 games, Ogando pitched 66.0 innings in 58 games, had a 2-0 record, 3.27 ERA, and three saves.  Ogando pitched two more seasons in Texas and three more seasons of MLB with three teams, before playing his last MLB game with Cleveland in 2018.

Robbie Ross was in his rookie season in 2012.  Ross pitched in 58 games, covering 65.0 innings, going 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA.  Ross pitched two more seasons in Texas before being traded to Boston in 2015.  Ross pitched three more seasons in Boston and did not pitch another MLB game after the 2017 season.  Ross attempted several comebacks and ended up voluntarily retiring from the Detroit Tigers on August 6, 2021.

Mike Adams was in his second season with Texas after a deadline trade in 2011.  In 61 games pitched in relief, Adams pitched 52.1 innings, had a 5-3 record, 3.27 ERA and one save.  After the 2012 season, Adams was granted free agency and signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia.  Adams pitched his last MLB game in 2014 at the age of 35.

Tanner Scheppers was a rookie in 2012.  He pitched 32.1 innings in 39 games, had a record of 1-1, a 4.45 ERA, and one save.  Scheppers pitched five more seasons with Texas before being granted free agency at the end of the 2017 season.  Texas was the only team Scheppers pitched for in his MLB career.

In 2012, Mark Lowe was in his third and final season in Texas.  In 36 relief appearances, Lowe pitched 39.1 innings, had a 0-2 record, and a 3.43 ERA.  Lowe was granted free agency at the end of the season.  Lowe pitched four more seasons of MLB for five teams.  He pitched his last MLB game with the Detroit Tigers in 2016.

Koji Uehara was pitching in his second and final season for the Rangers in 2012.  In 37 relief appearances, Uehara pitched 36.0 innings, had a 0-0 record, 1.75 ERA, and one save.  Uehara pitched four seasons in Boston and one season for the Chicago Cubs before calling it a career in 2017, at the age of 42.

Michael Kirkman was in his 3rd season pitching for Texas.  Kirkman pitched 35.1 innings in 28 relief appearances for the Rangers, while producing a 1-2 record and a 3.82 ERA.  Kirkman pitched two more seasons in Texas and split the 2016 season between San Diego and Milwaukee.  Kirkman pitched his final MLB game in 2016.

Yoshinori Tateyama was in his 2nd and final season in Texas and MLB.  In 2012, Tateyama pitched 17.0 innings in 14 relief appearances, producing a 1-0 record and a 9.00 ERA.

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