Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe under the current circumstances! Today we are going to take a look at the best players to wear numbers 10-19 for the Texas Rangers.
Picking up with where part one left off, covering the best Texas Rangers players to wear 0-9 for the team, we will now take a look at the best players to wear numbers 10-19.
#10-Michael Young (2002-12)
This one was actually a lot closer than many people may think. Jim Sundberg had a great stretch for the Texas Rangers as #10 over twelve seasons, accounting for six Gold Gloves and an All-Star game appearance. On the other hand, Michael Young has pretty much every hitting record possible for the Rangers, and also made the All-Star team seven times, finished in the top 30 for MVP voting five times, and won a Gold Glove over the course of his career.
#11-Toby Harrah (1971-78, 1985-86)
Toby Harrah was a part of the Washington Senator’s team that transitioned to Texas in 1972, and had a great career. With the Texas Rangers, he became the first Ranger player to be named a member of the All-Star team in 1972. He would go on to make a total of three All-Star teams with the Rangers, and eventually get inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame.
#12-Alfonso Soriano (2004-05)
This was a tough choice. I went with Soriano, because he was the best player to ever wear the number, even though he only spent two seasons with the Texas Rangers, while his biggest competitor, Rougned Odor has been with the team for six seasons. What secured Soriano’s nod over Odor’s was the he was an All-Star both seasons, and accumulated a 3.7 WAR, while Odor has just a 7.8 WAR in over 500 more games.
#13-Joey Gallo (2015-present)
We all know that Joey Gallo can hit the crap out of a baseball. But over the years, he has consistently gotten better for the team, even making an All-Star appearance last season. In less than three full seasons of games, Gallo has accumulated 110 home runs. He is renowned for being one of the best power hitters in baseball, and having a terrific eye. If last season was any indication, he has started to flash the potential to be even more than just a power hitter, as he hit .253 last year.
#14-Julio Franco (1989-93)
Julio Franco had a terrific five year stint with the Texas Rangers, as he was named an All-Star and Silver Slugger during his first three years with the team, marking the only All-Star appearances he would have during his lengthy career. He also finished 15th in the MVP voting in 1991, when he led Major League Baseball in batting average, hitting an astounding .341 that season.
#15-Larry Parrish (1982-88)
Parrish had a solid six and a half year run with the Texas Rangers, as he hit .264 with 149 home runs with the team. He made an All-Star appearance in 1987, which was his last full season with the team, before being released midway through the 1988 season, and retiring after finishing out the season with the Boston Red Sox. He accumulated a 5.1 WAR while with the team.
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#16-Dean Palmer (1989, 1991-97)
Palmer had some solid seasons while with the Texas Rangers, hitting .247 with 154 home runs. He never won any awards while with the Rangers, but played consistently well for the team, accumulating an 8.6 WAR over his career in Texas.
#17-Nelson Cruz (2006-13)
Cruz had some fierce competition from Shin-Soo Choo, but beat him out due to having a slightly better career with the Texas Rangers. Over the course of his career, he made two All-Star teams, and was a key part of the team that made back-to-back World Series appearances. He seemingly single-handedly took down the Detroit Tigers during the 2011 ALCS. Every time he went up to the plate, you had the feeling he was about to punish their pitcher.
#18-Mitch Moreland (2010-16)
Another player that was helpful during the World Series runs during the early 2010’s, Moreland had a very solid career with the Texas Rangers, hitting .254 with 110 home runs during the time. He was also a terrific first baseman, winning a Gold Glove in 2016.
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#19-Juan Gonzalez (1989-99, 2002-03)
Juan Gonzalez had a terrific career with the Texas Rangers, as he won lots of awards, and hit lots of home runs. Over the course of his Rangers tenure, he hit .293 with 372 home runs, while surprisingly only making two All-Star teams. He won five Silver Slugger awards, and two MVP awards, while also placing inside the top 16 four other times with the Rangers.