Thankfully, the Texas Rangers seem to have found their groove again. It wasn't that long ago that the Rangers appeared to be in the middle of an all-time franchise collapse, but they have since gotten things together and had a six game winning streak snapped just yesterday. One hopes that they can keep the good times rolling and secure the playoff spot that seemed like a given just a month ago.
The biggest reason for the Rangers' success this season has been their offense which was almost unstoppable for a big portion of the 2023 season. Generally speaking, when you have six guys that have around a 120 wRC+ or better in the lineup, good things are going to happen. However, Texas has two guys in Adolis Garcia and Corey Seager that have either already entered or are about to enter some exclusive statistical company.
Here are the only players in Texas Rangers history with 30 homers and 100 RBI in a season?
Hitting 30 homers while driving in 100 runs is really hard even in today's game. Not only does it require a player to consistently hit the ball hard all season long, but it also requires the rest of the lineup to set the table for them and give RBI opportunities. Adolis Garcia has already punched his ticket into this club (more on him in a second) while Corey Seager is just eight RBI away from joining what is an exclusive group of Rangers to pull off the feat.
Let's take a look at all of the Rangers to post seasons with at least 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs.
Juan Gonzalez - 6 times
First up, we have the franchise leaders in the category with Juan Gonzalez tied at the top of the list with six different seasons with the Rangers with 30 homers and 100 RBI. Juan achieved the feat in 1992-1993 as well from 1996 to 1999. People seem to forget how good Gonzalez was in the 1990's, but his two MVP awards from the time period don't lie. However, the shadow of PED usage allegations still hangs over his career even now.
Rafael Palmeiro - 6 times
The other Rangers player to pull this off six times was long-time (across two stints) Ranger Rafael Palmeiro who managed to do it in 1993 and then from 1999-2003. Palmeiro was one of the absolute best hitters from the 1990's and early 2000's, However, he is another guy who PEDs cloud his substantial career accomplishments as he tested positive for a steroid in 2005 and has long be suspected of using them in his career despite his very fervent public denials.