#3 most runs scored by the Texas Rangers for a season - 928 runs by the 1996 team
The top three teams all have similarities. They are all within a four-year window, all managed by Oates, and all lost in the first round of playoffs to the eventual World Series champions, the New York Yankees.
One fun fact about the 1996 team, is that they actually played 163 games that season. On June 17th, the Rangers took on the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. The game was called after the sixth inning due to rain and was later replayed with an entire new game, however, the rained out game still stood for statistical purposes. How many runs did the Rangers gain by that extra six innings you might ask? Just one run, as the tied score was 1 to 1.
The 1996 team was the first team to give Rangers' fans a taste of the postseason baseball. Led by ace, Ken Hill, the team was full of big boppers. Eight of the sluggers ended the season with double digit home run totals, with the AL MVP Juan Gonzalez's 47 and Dean Palmers 38 leading the way. This group would also record the first playoff victory, taking game one against the Yankees, before losing the next three games of the AL Division Series.
Pudge was tops in runs scored that season with 116, followed by a trio of players that finished with 90 plus. Palmer scored 98 runs in 1996, followed by Rusty Greer with 96, and Darryl Hamilton with 94. How did all of those runs get driven in? Well, Gonzalez drove in 144, followed by Palmer with 107, Greer drove in 100, and Kevin Elster just missed triple digits as he ended the season with 99 runs batted in.
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