HANS- MOUNT RUSHMORE OF ALL TIME- WASHINGTON SENATORS/ TEXAS RANGERS

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Hans Mount Rushmore of All- Time Washington Senator/ Texas Rangers. This was originally the Washington Senators expansion team in 1961 the franchise moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972 and became the Texas Rangers. For a team that has been around nearly 60 years you would think their Mount Rushmore would be more impressive than it is. The Rangers only have two players who have gone in as a Ranger- Ivan Rodriguez and Nolan Ryan.

  1. IVAN ‘PUDGE’ RODRIGUEZ: Rodriguez played 13 of his 21 seasons with the Rangers- including ten years in a row where he was an All-Star- 1992-2001 when he was 20 to 29 years old. In 1999 he was the AL MVP and he also won 10 Gold Gloves in a row- the same years with the Rangers when he was an All-Star. His six best seasons were with the Rangers. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. A .296 career hitter he also had 311 career home runs- a great all around- offensive/ defensive catcher- the greatest Ranger of all-time.

 

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2.RAFAEL PALMEIRO- Palmeiro spent 10 seasons with the Rangers- and while he had outstanding seasons after he left-his best period as a ballplayer was in Texas. In those ten years he hit 321 home runs and had a .290 career average. Of course the steroid issue keeps him out of Baseball’s Hall of Fame at least for now. He wasn’t an exciting player but he put up excellent numbers.

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3. Frank HOWARD- The Capital Punisher. While the team was in Washington he gave the fans something to cheer about. He was a big man 6’7″ 280 and a great power hitter during the 1960-s a pitching dominated era. He led the league in home runs twice and one season he hit 48 his career high and finished 2nd in AL home runs. My first year where I followed baseball from opening day until the end of the World Series was 1968 and that season I remember the early season story was Frank Howard. In a stretch in early May he went on a home run tear- he hit 10 home runs in a six game span. He set records for home runs in four games -with 7, five games with 8 and for six games with 10. Howard spent 10 seasons with the Senators/ Rangers. For as big a man as he was- Howard was known as a gentle, humble man. In his post playing days he had a couple trials as a manager with San Diego and the New York Mets- but was thought by management to be too nice a guy to be a good manager. Better ballplayers would have helped.

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4. NOLAN RYAN- Ryan only played 5 seasons with the Rangers-1989-93 from the ages of 42-46 but he chose to go into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a Ranger and since there are no really stand out- he has to be on the Rangers Mount Rushmore candidates- I will go with Ryan. He pitched well with the Rangers and many remember him most as a Ranger. He was still throwing hard at age 46 when an arm injury ended his career. As I wrote with the Angels Ryan comments- I don’t think he is one of the 25 best pitchers ever but more like 26-30- but he might have been the most exciting to watch pitch- 7 career no hitters- the most strike outs ever and he threw well over 100 MPH. Kept himself in great shape his entire career- which is why he was still pitching at 46 as a power pitcher.

 

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19 responses to “HANS- MOUNT RUSHMORE OF ALL TIME- WASHINGTON SENATORS/ TEXAS RANGERS

  1. Good list. Ryan was also a freak of nature. He never had a serious arm injury with all of those years. You are right… casual baseball fans think he was the best but you said it right… you never knew what was coming from him. I was wondering if you were going to have him with the Rangers…he could legitimately be with yet another team.

    The Dodgers always needed power in the 60s but they did get Claude Osteen for Howard but still…it would have helped to have that power.

    • The Astros are my only AL team left–will he make it there too??? That was a trade that worked well for both teams but you are right the Dodgers never had a problem finding pitching- but a big bat like Frank Howard’s sure could have helped them.

    • As I was going through the teams- this is the last AL team- I was on the West and knew I was missing a team it was the Astros- like you I keep thinking NL team. Another mistake you can put in Budlight Selig Jr’s lap- Milwaukee is an AL team Houston NL.. when we become co-commissioners….

    • Bud wanted an NL team in Milwaukee because they had the Braves back in the 50’s and 60’s when he was a young Bud. I still think its a bad joke him getting into the HOF.

    • All I hear is the revenue was so high during his term… If I hear that one more time…
      Yes, homeruns were bouncing out everywhere and he knew the reason.
      If Fay Vincent would have been allowed to stay I think the league would have been so much better off.

    • I am puzzled that Bonds- Clemens etc are punished but they certainly weren’t discouraged from doing it. Selig and the owners knew and chose to ignore it because it was good business. If Selig is in I feel the players should be also… Faye was his own man- they don’t want that- neither does the NFL. ..

    • Faye did what was best for baseball…what a concept.
      You have a good point…you can say it was encouraged by Selig and owners by turning their head. Short term gain for a long term black eye that won’t go away.

    • I am sure when McGwire and Sosa were breaking those records you like I thought it was a little fishy that a record that had stood since 1961 wasn’t just being bettered but smashed.. the insiders certainly knew. I also feel who knows during that era who was doing what- when you see weak hitting shortstops or long relievers getting tested positive- how can you single people out when there was no testing. i think the doping has been going on since the 70’s

    • You know who tipped somethings off to me? Brady Anderson. You just didn’t have guys like him turning into 50 homerun machines. That really didn’t happen before. Of course my first thougth wasn’t steroids but juiced balls….I feel stupid for thinking that.

      All I have to do is watch the 88 World Series. The A’s look like NFL players compared to the Dodgers that year. The same with the A’s against the Reds then Giants the following year.

      It cheapen the record so much.

    • I remember in the late 80’s Thomas Boswell wrote a column on the Jose Canseco milkshakes- and got crucified for it- turns out he was right… i remember the story with Jose- he shows up in spring training and no one even recognized him he had changed so much in the off-season.

    • I can believe that. No one wanted to believe it. I do think he shared his happiness. Watch that lineup from the late 80s…they are huge.

      When did you think something was going on? I was listening to sports talk shows at the time and the big thing was “juced balls”…and players working out.

    • The first thought I had was with Canseco in the late 80’s- he just looked too big. I love to tell the story about going up to Cleveland in that era to see the Bash Brothers- we were there when they opened the gates and got to see batting practice- Jose and Mark put on a show- we were in the left field stands and the balls were buzzing over our heads- no one i mean no one tried to catch the ball on the fly- we’d just wait for the ball to hit a seat or whatever and get it on the rebound. A blind man could have heard those balls- a ball sounded like a hive of bees buzzing. In the game Canseco hit a home run to straight away center- way over the fence and up into the netting they had – after the game I heard it was one of the longest home runs ever at old Cleveland Stadium…. Football was into steroids in the 60’s– the soviets and east germans as far back as the 50’s– I am re-reading Jim Bouton’s Ball Four- he said in the book if there were a magic pill a pitcher could take that would guarantee him 20 wins but take 5 years off his life- every pitcher in the league would take it…. I think players were experimenting in the 70-s maybe not many but some… I agree with your earlier statement about Brady Anderson… all the sudden he’s a 50 home run a year guy- out of nowhere?

    • Bouton had it right. The reason then was motivated by making a living. In the 90s they didn’t have to worry as much except the .240 hitting infielders with no power.
      I honestly can’t blame those guys.. I don’t agree with it but those career minor leaguers… their competitors were doing it and it was unfair.
      It was the Bonds, Arods and truly great players who didn’t need it. They would have been in the hall of fame regardless I think.

      Those must have been rockets on a rope…

    • I think if they would have just hit 50 home runs or so- or even if they broke Maris’s record by 1 or 2 home runs .. but they distanced themselves from the record- in that short period of time how many times was 61 topped? It became a joke- and the records in baseball are sacred. In football no one cares about the juicing because no one cares about records etc..

    • It was an annual event with Sosa for a while. By the time Barry was doing it… it was clear what was going on.
      I agree with the baseball and football…the public doesn’t care what they do in football.

      I never do things like this but I emailed my congressman at the time and asked him well… are you looking at football also? His reply was basically… they cleansed their sport already… which was a laugh to me.

    • LOL-about football cleansing themselves… i am certainly not an expert on it but i have been told there are all kind of ways to mask the steroid use. I still think players in football are juicing.. you can’t be that big and that fast- and in baseball some guys are getting past testing positive… and i think as far as the baseball HOF goes there are players in the Hall who dabbled in it- probably players who if we knew their names would shock us.

    • Yea cleansed…. right in other words he was a football fan.

      Footballs testing is not as strong… I’ve read where it’s fell behind the other sports.

      There almost has to be players in the HOF that did something. Piazza would not shock me… but there are a few who would.

      The fun argument I’ve heard is… but it doesn’t make you a better player… hmmm then why was it so popular.

      One player tried to make a stand during it all… wasn’t it Grimsley or something like that from the Diamondbacks? The union shot him down

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