Lone Rangers

The 2013 Major League Baseball Season was destined to be a comeback season for the Texas Rangers who missed the postseason for the first time in four years after falling to the Tampa Bay Rays at home during their wild-card game at the “Rangers Ballpark”. After 163 games everyone in the Texas Clubhouse was sent home for early vacations.

There were some changes made to the roster made during the offseason including Nelson Cruz who did not renew his contract and fled away to the Baltimore Orioles. He now celebrates clinching the American League East Title with his new team. Cruz, had missed 50 games of the previous season after being caught in the biogenesis scandal. Before that, he had been one of Arlington’s most prominent hitters with 157 home runs in eight years with the team. The team and fans took an even bigger hit when Ian Kinsler, took off towards Detroit to play with the Tigers. He is also enjoying current success as his team leads the Central Division of the American League.

Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder came to Texas looking to heal the open wounds Cruz, Kinsler and an early elimination in the previous season had on fans and the organization. They were brought in as people with experience who would help a squad with many call-ups from the minor league team. For many years Nolan Ryan had been the one making those type of calls, but with his resignation during the offseason, John Daniels took the spotlight and was under a lot of pressure to try and imitate what Ryan did with helping the team get to the World Series two times in a row as President of Baseball Operations.

Things have not worked the way Daniels, the team and fans would have wanted it. Some call it the Ryan affect, others bad luck and others are more critical and blame it on Daniels. Whatever it is, the team with a new stadium name (Globe Life Park) is looking forward to shutting its doors on September 28 when they host the Oakland Athletics to end the season prematurely once again.

The problems with the team got worst when skipper (manager) Ron Washington decided to resign on September 5th while the team was facing a long losing streak. He did not comment about his resignation at the time and only said it had nothing to do with the team, but a personal matter. After almost eight seasons as the leader of the team, Washington had a record of 664-611 left the clubhouse as the manager with the most wins in franchise history. The speculations about why he had left the team before the season was over ended today as Washington in 210 seconds addressed the media about the issue.

“I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me. I let them down”, said the 62 year-old man who had her wife alongside him during the speech as he said goodbye to the team, fans and the entire metroplex area.

Now the Texas Rangers with a 59-92 record up to this point in the current season may only be motivated to spoil other teams chances. Rangers fans deserve a winning team and one that may hopefully win the first World-Series in franchise history. For that, a new chapter in Texas Rangers history will be written starting April 7, 2015 away against the Athletics.

Stats provided by: http://www.Baseball-Reference.com

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