This is Part I of a two-part series.


2020 ushered in a new era for the Texas Rangers as they moved across the street into their new home at Globe Life Field.

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Things just weren’t the same as the coronavirus kept fans away until the postseason. But, alas, it was another postseason without the Rangers in it; the last time was back in 2016.

It is said that MLB wants fans to attend all games this season (which still depends on state-by-state rules regarding Covid-19).

With that announcement, I thought it would be fun to compile a 25-man roster of players from both previous sites for the Rangers, Arlington Stadium, and Globe Life Park.


Today, I list my all-time team for Arlington Stadium, where Texas played from 1972-1993.


Infield/Outfield

  • 1B Pete O’Brien

Pete played for Texas from 1982-88 and hit .273 in his career with the Rangers.

  • 2B Bump Wills

Bump played here from 1977-1981. His Rangers’ career stolen base record of 161 was eventually broken by Ian Kinsler and then Elvis Andrus.

  • SS Toby Harrah

He was one of the original Rangers who came over from the Washington Senators when they moved to Arlington. Toby played 300 more career games at third, but I could not forget the next guy on the list.

  • 3B Buddy Bell

Five-time All-Star (four with Texas) and six-time Gold Glove winner. Enough said.

  • LF Juan Gonzalez

This is a no-brainer.

  • CF Oddibe McDowell

He was the first Ranger player to hit for the cycle.

  • RF Ruben Sierra

He was just one in a long line of great International signings that the Rangers are known for, to this day.

  • C Ivan Rodriguez

He may have only played at Arlington Stadium for four years, but I can’t deny one of the top-three greatest catchers of all-time from a starting spot on here.

  • DH Julio Franco

The “keeper of the gold” as he was christened by local sports radio star Mike Rhyner. He is almost sixty and still playing in independent leagues.


Bench

  • C Jim Sundberg
  • IF Scott Fletcher
  • OF Jim Burroughs

Starting Pitching

  • Nolan Ryan

The GOAT

  • Charlie Hough

One of the greatest knuckleball pitchers ever. He was also the only player I remember giving a post-game interview while riding an exercise bike and smoking a cigarette.

  • Ferguson Jenkins

As a Ranger, he led the majors in wins (25) and complete games (29) in 1974

  • Kevin Brown

He was second to Nolan as my favorite Texas pitcher of the late ’80s and early ’90s.

  • Bobby Witt

You either loved him, or you hated him.


Bullpen

This includes both relievers and some starters that didn’t make the rotation.


As with all lists, this will create some debate.

Feel free to comment on it.


Hopefully, some of you are old enough to remember the old days at Arlington Stadium.
You get bonus points if you remember the Seven Seas marina park behind it.

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