The awards keep coming for the World Series Champion Texas Rangers. Six members of the Rangers championship squad were named to either the All-MLB First or Second Teams on Saturday night. These awards are based on regular season performance, so they did not even factor in the Rangers' historic playoff run. The selections were further validation of a great season and also confirmed one thing Rangers fans have known for a while: Texas has the best middle infield in baseball.
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Shortstop Corey Seager and second-baseman Marcus Semien were both named to the First Team. They were both selected as the best player at their respective positions for the 2023 season. The Rangers also had four selections to the Second Team. Right Fielder and all-time single postseason RBI record holder Adolis Garcia, catcher Jonah Heim, and the dynamic duo of Jordan Montgomery and Nathan Eovaldi.
This season marks the first time there has been a Ranger on an All-MLB team since the award began in 2019. The Atlanta Braves were right up there with the Rangers having five players of their own selected between the First and Second teams. The Orioles, whom the Rangers swept in the ALDS, had the third most of any team with three selections. No other team had more than two selections.
Given how new the award is and the Rangers' struggles before this year, this is uncharted territory for Texas. I would normally compare these selections to past great Rangers teams, but those teams didn't play in an era with this award. When compared to the rest of the league in the award's short history, the Rangers are only the second organization to earn six All-MLB selections in a season. The other being their bitter rival, the Astros in both 2019 and 2022. The Atlanta Braves led all teams in 2020 with four selections, and the Dodgers led all teams in 2021 with five.
These accolades are a testament to the work Chris Young and the front office have been doing. All those selected aside from Adolis Garcia have been acquired via trade or free agency since 2021. In two short years, the front office has taken a team from losing 100 games to a World Series Championship and leading the league in All-MLB selections.
The selections also come during another important offseason for the Rangers. As defending champs, they will go in to 2024 with a target on their backs. While the bulk of the roster has been built, there are still some clear holes that Chris Young and the front office need to fill in order for the Rangers to be best set up to defend their title next season. But if these awards tell us anything, they are capable of making the moves to do so.