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Top 10 Texas Rangers of All Time

Ranking the Top 10 Texas Rangers of all time!
Publish Date: 10/14/2023
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis

The top 10 Texas Rangers of all time was only difficult because of the steroids accusations that fly around so many of these players.

10) Kenny Rogers

Had more than 200 innings as a starter five times. Produced first perfect game by a left-hander in AL history against California on July 28, 1994. Club all-time leader in appearances by a pitcher with 528.

Video: Kenny Rogers Perfect Game

Kenny Rogers Perfect Game

9) Rafael Palmeiro

In 10 seasons (1989-93, 1999-2003), the club hit .290 with 321 home runs and 1,039 RBIs. Unfortunately, steroids also taint his time in Texas.

Video: Palmeiro launches his 500th career home run

Palmeiro launches his 500th career home run

8) Alex Rodriguez

Rodriguez Led the American League in homers all three seasons, with 151 total, and also had league-high 142 RBIs in 2002. Won AL MVP in 2003 and finished second and sixth in other seasons. However, steroids taint his career, and his tenure in Texas was short.

Video: Best of A-Rod with The Rangers!

Best of A-Rod with The Rangers!

7) Ferguson Jenkins

Jenkins pitched in six seasons with the Rangers (1974-75, 1978-81) and two different stretches. In 1974, he led American League in wins with 25 and complete games with 29 to go with six shutouts and 328 1/3 innings. Finished second in the AL Cy Young race to Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, who had 25 wins, 23 complete games, and 318 1/3 innings.

Video: Classic At Bats: Carl Yastrzemski vs Fergie Jenkins-1979

Classic At Bats: Carl Yastrzemski vs Fergie Jenkins-1979

6) Buddy Bell

During much of Bell’s time with the Rangers, he was the shining light and reason to watch the team. Bell made four All-Star Game appearances and won six Gold Gloves at third base during eight seasons (1979-85, ’89).

Video: 1987 Rob Bromley Interviews Buddy Bell

1987 Rob Bromley Interviews Buddy Bell

5) Michael Young

Young was a seven-time All-Star at three infield positions with Rangers. Won American League batting title in 2005 at .331 and Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008. Club all-time leader in hits with 2,320 and games with 1,823.

Video: Michael Young Career Highlights

Michael Young Career Highlights

4) Juan Gonzalez

Won American League Most Valuable Player award in 1996 and ’98. In 1996, pushed the club to its first postseason appearance with 47 homers and 144 RBIs. In 13 seasons with Rangers (1989-99, 2002-03) hit 372 home runs and drove in 1,180 runs to rank as the franchise’s all-time leader in each category.

Video: Juan Gonzalez of the TEXAS RANGERS an ESPN segment from the early 90's

Juan Gonzalez of the TEXAS RANGERS an ESPN segment from the early 90’s

3) Adrian Beltre

With the Rangers, Beltre has made three All-Star appearances, won three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers, and finished among the top seven in the MVP voting four times. Beltre hit 477 home runs in his career and drove in more than 1700 runs.

Video: Adrian Beltre's career was full of fun moments

Adrian Beltre’s career was full of fun moments

2) Nolan Ryan

Ryan brought interest back to the Rangers franchise, which is why a new stadium was built for the team. In five seasons (1989-93), he had two no-hitters and passed career milestones such as 300 wins and 5,000 strikeouts.

Video: Ryan completes his seventh career no-hitter

Ryan completes his seventh career no-hitter

1) Ivan Rodriguez

Rodriguez is the greatest player in Rangers history and one of the greatest catchers.  In 13 seasons (1991-2002, 2009) with the club, he made 10 All-Star appearances to go with 10 Gold Gloves for defensive work and six Silver Sluggers as the league’s top offensive catcher.

Video: TEX@SEA: Pudge collects nine RBIs for Rangers record

TEX@SEA: Pudge collects nine RBIs for Rangers record

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