MLB - AL WEST
Stadium: Globe Life Field
Manager: Chris Woodward
2021-2022 TEAM LEADERS
Texas Rangers Summary
The Texas Rangers will need to make changes to be contenders in an AL West that has seen the Houston Astros control it since their arrival in 2013. The Rangers’ 60-102 record in 2021 landed them in last place in the AL West. The team’s woes aren’t just from last season; they haven’t had a winning season since 2016 when they won the AL West Division title that year.
The Rangers aren’t the same as they were in the late 1990s and the early 2010s, a time when the team would succeed in the AL West division. The Rangers have made a point to sign new players in the offseason as a way to reclaim the glory days the Rangers once had. The Rangers made a ten-year deal with shortstop Corey Seager and a seven-year contract with second baseman Marcus Semien.
Those two big free agency signings show the Rangers are looking for players with a history of offensive production. They hope that these two can produce their numbers from 2021 for the Rangers in 2022.
Texas Rangers History
The Texas Rangers have been in the American League of MLB since 1961 when they started as the Washington Senators. The team’s time in Washington D.C. was full of losing seasons, with the 1969 season being the only winning season they had as the Senators. By the start of the 1972 baseball season, the Senators would be in their new home of Texas and renamed the Texas Rangers.
Since moving to Texas, the Rangers have had years of success and some years that they would rather forget. It didn’t take them long in Texas to have their first winning season when they did so in the 1974 season, and by 1996 the team would win their first AL West Division title. The remainder of the 90s would be good for the Rangers, as they continued to find success winning the AL West Division title.
Former President George W. Bush had an ownership stake in the team during the Rangers’ first division title championship. He would sell that stake in 1998, two years before his campaign for President started. The Bush family are known as Rangers fans, and they have been seen attending their games in the past.
2022 Key Stats
The Rangers’ 2021 season was full of horrible stats for the team. The Rangers placed last or near last in some of the most important stats on offense and defense. These numbers are what helped lead the team to last place in the AL West division.
The Rangers finished last in runs, 14th in hits, 14th in home runs, and 14th in batting average out of 15 AL teams. The team’s pitching staff finished 13th in combined ERA out of 15 AL teams on the defensive side. With the Rangers having stats like this in 2021, there’s nowhere to go but up from here.
The top offensive player for the Rangers for 2021 was shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa who had 172 hits and a .271 batting average. With his solid production, the team will need him for 2022. However, the Rangers’ signing of shortstop Corey Seager would likely see Kiner-Falefa move to third base or catcher, which he has played before.
Championships Won by the Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers have some championships under their belt, but the one championship they have yet to win is the World Series. The Rangers have played in back-to-back World Series but couldn’t win either of them. Those losses shouldn’t take away from the championships that the Rangers have been able to win.
The Rangers have won the AL Pennant two times, and they have won the AL West Division title seven times. The Rangers two AL Pennants would come in 2010 and 2011. They won the AL West Division title in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016. The Rangers don’t have to look too far back to find success in their organization.
The Rangers do hold an in-state championship known as the Silver Boot. The Silver Boot is awarded to the series winner between the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers, known as the Lone Star Series. The Rangers have won this in-state rivalry championship nine times since 2001.
Important Team Events
One of the most significant team events for the Rangers is their games against in-state rival, the Houston Astros. The two teams will meet for 19 games in the 2022 season. These games are known as the Lone Star Series, and the winner receives the Silver Boot trophy. The19 game series kicks off on April 25th at the Rangers and will finish on September 7th at the Astros.
Another rivalry that stems from their postseason matchups is with the New York Yankees. The Yankees were the team in the 90s that would be the ones that would knock the Rangers out of the postseason, keeping them from reaching the World Series several times. For 2022, the two teams will meet for seven games, with the first four coming March 31st-April 3rd at the Rangers and the last three coming May 6-8 at the Yankees.
Throughout their history, the Rangers have produced some top players on their team. Some of the best players of the past for the Rangers include outfielder Josh Hamilton, outfielder Juan Gonzalez, closer Francisco Cordero, pitcher Nolan Ryan, and infielder Michael Young. These players have all set records in the Rangers organization while with the team.
For the 2022 season, the Rangers will look for their latest additions to the team and some returning players to be their top players in 2022. With the additions of shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien, the Rangers offense gets an instant upgrade from players that have proven their worth with their former teams. Infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, outfield Adolis Garcia, and reliever Brett Martin will be back for 2022, hoping to improve their 2021 numbers with the Rangers.
If both the new and returning players for the Rangers can keep up their production from 2021 or improve on it, the Rangers might have a chance to at least break .500 in the 2022 season.
Two managers stand out the most for people looking back at coaches from the past that were with the Rangers. The first is Johnny Oates, who managed the Rangers from 1995 to 2001, while the second is Ron Washington, who managed the team from 2007 to 2014. Both of these managers have some firsts with the team.
Oates won the AL Manager of the Year in 1996, and he helped lead the Rangers to three AL West Division titles under his management, marking the first time the Rangers would win the AL West division. Washington would be the first Rangers manager to win the AL Pennant and take the team to back-to-back World Series games. The Rangers also won the AL West Division title two times under his leadership.
For 2022, the Rangers will look to Chris Woodward for another season. Backing him up will be new bench coach Donnie Ecker, who coached with the San Francisco Giants in the 2021 season. Another new coach to the staff is hitting coach Tim Hyers, who will have his hands full with the worst-ranked offense in the AL from 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alex Rodriguez has the most home runs in a single season with 57 in 2002 when he played for the Rangers.
Juan Gonzalez has the most RBIs in a single season with 157 in 1998 when he played for the Rangers.
John Hamilton has the best batting average in a single season with a .359 average in 2010 when he played for the team.
Francisco Cordero has the most saves in a single season with 49 in 2004 when he played for the team.
August 16th, 2018, was the last time the Rangers recorded a triple play when they did it against the Los Angeles Angels.