The Texas Rangers won the 2023 World Series. However, if you look at MLBNetwork rankings of players and teams, you would never know it.
Jonah Heim was not in the top 10 catchers in baseball. Josh Jung was not in the top 10 for third baseman.
Adolis Garcia is ninth in right field, and no Nathanial Lowe at first base.
Marcus Semiem ranks behind Jose Altuve, and Corey Seager is the only Rangers who is first at his position.
No Ranger starters or relievers on the lists.
I know that Texas Rangers fans are used to this, and I hope the team uses it as motivation to repeat as World Champions.
As one X(formerly Twitter) user said, Whoever makes these lists must not watch baseball.
The Rangers had the least amount of errors in the American League, turned the second most double plays, and had the best fielding percentage.
The offense was amazing, scoring 881 runs during the regular season. They also led the AL in home runs (233), RBI (845), walks (599), batting average slash line (.263/.337/.452/.790).
I could go on and on with stats for the players, but I won’t bore you with that.
What do the Rangers need to do to improve on their championship season?
Evan Carter needs to keep playing like he did in the 2023 Postseason. If he can come close to that the Rangers have their left fielder for the foreseeable future.
Leody Tavares needs to keep taking steps forward. He had a very good 2023 but he will need a better 2024, Especially at the plate.
Jordan Montgomery needs to re-sign with the team. This would immensely help the Rangers be competitive from the get go.
Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tyler Mahle need to recover and make a difference in the second half of the 2024 season.
Corey Seager needs to be healthy for the majority of the season. This is a no brainer.
Adolis Garcia needs to continue to play at an All-Star level. I believe he will.
The Rangers will need their trades to hit during the season. They stockpiled prospects for a reason, time to use them to get what the team needs to compete in 2024.
Obviously this is generalizing what the Texas Rangers need to do for 2024, but I feel optimistic going into Spring Training.