MLB American League West Texas Rangers 2022
2021 was another tough season for the Rangers as they finished the year 60-102, 35 games back of the division lead. Not only did they finish in dead last, but they finished 17 games behind the next team in front of them.
Despite the woeful season, there is actually a buzz and optimism surrounding the team heading into 2022. That is partly due to a spending spree before the MLB lockout during the offseason.
In a short period of time, they spent over half a billion dollars on Marcus Semien ($175 million over seven years), Corey Seager ($325 million over 10 years), Jon Gray ($56 million over four years), and Kole Calhoun ($5.2 million for one year).
Add to that the fact that the Rangers have a slew of top prospects in Jack Leiter, Josh Jung, Cole Winn, Justin Foscue, and others, and the future is bright.
While the Rangers still might not have enough to compete in 2022, don’t be surprised if they make gains as they shoot to compete by 2023.
MLB American League West Texas Rangers History
While the Texas Rangers franchise enjoyed its first season in 1961, the franchise’s roots actually never started in the Lone Star state.
Instead, the franchise started as the Washington Senators in Washington D.C. The club would stay there until after the 1971 season when they moved to Arlington.
To start this new franchise, the Senators (Rangers) took part in an expansion draft in 1960. As part of the draft, the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators alternated choices for 61 picks.
With only the ability to choose from other American League teams, the Senators took Bobby Shantz with their top pick (second overall) from the New York Yankees. The remaining top-five picks included pitcher Dave Sisler, pitcher Johnny Klippstein, pitcher Pete Burnside, and pitcher Carl Mathias.
After the MLB implemented divisions in 1969, the Rangers (then Senators) played in the AL East from 1969 to 1971. After its move to Arlington, the Rangers shifted to the American League West, where they have resided ever since.
Going back to their first season in 1961, the Rangers’ franchise has a record under .500. They are a combined 4,582 – 5,052, good for a .476 winning percentage.
During their time as the Senators, from 1961 to 1971, the team played in both Griffith Stadium (1961) and Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium (1962 to 1971).
As the Rangers, they played in Arlington Stadium from 1972 to 1993 and Globe Life Park in Arlington from 1994 to 2019. In 2020, the Rangers opened their new ballpark, Globe Life Field.