Saturday, June 4, 2011

Texas Rangers - Washington Senators

1B  Rafael Palmeiro – PEDs helped produce six seasons with 35+ HRs and 100+ RBI for Texas.
2B  Ian Kinsler – Hit .319 in ’08; a 30-30 man in ’09 and ’11; helped Rangers win the pennant in 2010.
SS  Michael Young – Batted over .300 six times (.331 in ’05); Gold Glove in ’08
3B  Buddy Bell – Won six straight Gold Gloves (1979-84); batted over .290 five times for Texas.
OF  Frank Howard – The Capital Punisher slammed 44+ HRs three straight seasons (1968-70) for Washington.
OF  Ruben Sierra – Solid power numbers; five straight 90+ RBI seasons (1987-91); Josh Hamilton may take this spot in a couple years.
OF  Juan Gonzalez – Hit 40+ HRs five times during the power-crazy ’90s; AL MVP in ’96 and ’98.
C  Ivan Rodriguez – Peerless behind the plate (TEN straight Gold Gloves); power hitter with eight straight .300 seasons; MVP in ’99.
DH  Pete Incaviglia – Five straight seasons with 20+ HRs for Texas (1986-90); challenged the single-season record for Ks
Bench  Julio Franco – Three-time All-Star; hit .341 in ’91 to win AL batting title; Teixeira didn’t complete five seasons with the Rangers.
Pitcher  Ferguson Jenkins – Won 25 games in ’74; solid starter for Texas four other seasons.
Pitcher  Charlie Hough – Knuckleballer who won 14+ games seven straight seasons (1982-1988).
Pitcher  Kenny Rogers – Won 13+ games six times for the Rangers; Gold Glove fielder with an effective pickoff move; sang a lovely duet with Dolly Parton.
Closer  John Wetteland – Four straight seasons with 30+ saves for the Rangers (1997-2000).

Power hitters and Gold Glove fielders abound on this team.

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