About Texans Rangers
One can easily see why the citizens of Washington might appear confused over their baseball heritage as the Texans Rangers franchise came to life in Washington as the Senators (after many years since the city lost its Senators/Nationals franchise) in 1961.
Unfortunately the new franchise took off when the previous left and started off with four consecutive 100 loss seasons.
During the eleven seasons in Washington the Senators had managed to record one winning season, in 1969 having won 86 games marked the team’s best effort. Shortly the franchise was on the move leaving the city of Washington without its baseball team.
The franchise moved to Dallas and became known as the Texans Rangers. The team carried on struggling through the seventies, playing inconsistently through the eighties until in mid-nineties the fortunes started to turn for better.
1994 marked the team’s first divisional title and to date, the franchise has won 6 of them.
Beginning of 21st century was another struggle but by 2010 the Rangers managed to get into post season action winning their division the fourth time and a season later adding the fifth title and 2015 marking the last of the team’s titles.
The Rangers have won two AL Pennants, in 2010 and 2011 but they had lost both series to the Yankees and the Tigers respectively. Both series consisted of 6 games.
The team’s a member of West Division and their team colours are royal blue, scarlet red and white while their official mascot is palomino style horse that goes by the name of Rangers Captain.
Whilst the team’s success didn’t arrive to the franchise until the nineties, there have been some accomplished players in the history of the team with Dick Donovan being twice ERA champion in the sixties for Senators and Frank Howard winning the home run champion title twice too.
To date the Rangers had fielded six MVP of the league with Juan Gonzalez winning the award twice. There’s been two Rookies of the Year but not a single CY Young award winner yet.
The franchise is yet to accomplish at least one 100 win season while having five 100 loss seasons on their account. The good thing about that is, their last such season occurred in 1973 and was second under the Rangers name.
With the team’s playoff appearance and 88-74 regular season record in 2015 the team and the fans will be looking forward to finish the 2016 season above the .500 mark with a hope for another post season play time.