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Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Texas Rangers

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The Texas Rangers are part of Major League Baseball’s American League Western Division. The team was founded in 1960 in Washington D.C., and named the Washington Senators. They made their debut in …

The Texas Rangers are part of Major League Baseball’s American League Western Division. The team was founded in 1960 in Washington D.C., and named the Washington Senators. They made their debut in the 1961 season, playing at Griffith Stadium. However, they soon moved to the DC Stadium, which in 1969 became known as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

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  • 1. Fantasy Baseball 2009 - Texas Rangers History The Texas Rangers are part of Major League Baseball’s American League Western Division. The team was founded in 1960 in Washington D.C., and named the Washington Senators. They made their debut in the 1961 season, playing at Griffith Stadium. However, they soon moved to the DC Stadium, which in 1969 became known as the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. After relocating to Arlington, Texas, on April 15, 1972, the team played their first game as the Texas Rangers. After struggling for the first two years in Texas, in 1974, the Rangers settled into their new home and put together an encouraging season. After two consecutive seasons of 100 losses, they finished the 1974 season with a (84-76) record. The Rangers almost won the division, finishing second in the AL west, behind the World Series winner Oakland Athletics. In April 1989, Owner Eddie Chiles sold the Rangers to a company led by George W. Bush, who would serve as a Managing Partner for the next five years. During this period, the Rangers and the City of Arlington partnered to build a new stadium for the team, which was then known as the Ballpark in Arlington.
  • 2. In 1995, ex-player Johnny Oates was hired as the new Rangers manager. In 1996, he led the team to the American League West division title. It was the first time the club had ever reached the postseason. After a disappointing 2000 season, the Rangers made headlines by signing free agent shortstop Alex Rodriguez to a ten-year, $252 million contract. Rodriguez spent only three seasons with Texas, but took advantage of the hitter-friendly Ballpark at Arlington to post one-hundred fifty-six home runs (leading the league twice), three-hundred ninety-five runs batted in (an average of one-hundred thirty-one per year), three-hundred eighty-two runs scored (leading the American League twice) and a .305 average. However, without the offensive depth of the previous decade, the Rangers finished fourth in their division all three years. Facts • On Opening Day 2009, the Rangers payroll ranked 22nd highest among all 30 major league teams at $68,646,023. • The Yankees have the highest payroll at $201,400,000 with the Mets 2nd at $135,700,000. • The three lowest payrolls belonged to the Marlins ($37 million), the Padres ($43 million) and Pirates ($49 million). Every season, the wives of Rangers and Astros players take part in the annual “Diamond Boot” softball game. All edible foods left over from prep and not used for games are sent to Mission, Arlington. Active Roster Pitchers: Scott Feldman Neftali Feliz Frank Francisco Rich Harden
  • 3. Matt Harrison Derek Holland Tommy Hunter Eric Hurley Michael Kirkman Colby Lewis Warner Madrigal Doug Mathis Brandon McCarthy Luis Mendoza Gullermo Moscoso Dustin Nippert Darren O’Day Darren Oliver Zachary Phillips Omar Poveda Chris Ray Ben Snyder Pedro Strop C.J. Wilson Catchers: Max Ramirez Jarrod Saltalamacch Taylor Teagarden Infielders: Elvis Andrus
  • 4. Joaquin Arias Chris Davis Khalil Greene Ian Kinsler Michael Young Outfielders: Brandon Boggs Julio Borbon Nelson Cruz Craig Gentry Josh Hamilton David Murphy Designated Hitters: Vladimir Guerrero

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