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Rangers Hall of Fame to induct Josh Hamilton, Mayor Richard Green

Josh Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, and Richard Green, the Arlington mayor when Globe Life Park was built and opened, will be inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame this summer.

The Rangers announced the selections Monday at lunchtime, and the induction ceremony will be held before their Aug. 17 game against the Minnesota Twins.

The Rangers have a Hall of Fame?  You’ll have to excuse me for not knowing.  Arlington isn’t much of a baseball town.

Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 20, 2019 at 02:19 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: May 20, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5843900)
Really? I know that the Rangers Hall of Fame section of Globe Life Park has been renovated to turned into the Globe Life Field Sales Center, but they still tout it a lot, and include the members in every single of the Rangers magazines.

Rangers Hall of Fame members, by induction year:

2003
Charlie Hough
Johnny Oates
Nolan Ryan
Jim Sundberg

2004
Buddy Bell
Ferguson Jenkins
Tom Vandergriff (major of Arlington during 1972)

2005
Mark Holtz
John Wetteland

2007
Rusty Greer

2009
Toby Harrah
Ruben Sierra

2010
Tom Grieve

2011
Kenny Rogers

2012
Eric Nadel

2013
Ivan Rodriguez

2014
Tom Schieffer

2015
Juan Gonzalez
Jeff Russell

2016
Michael Young

2019
Richard Green
Josh Hamilton
   2. RMc accompanies the Griffmen to Augusta Posted: May 20, 2019 at 04:22 PM (#5843919)
No Raffy?
   3. caspian88 Posted: May 20, 2019 at 04:25 PM (#5843923)
Can't have a steriod user in the Hall.

Take no notice of John Wetteland, though...
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2019 at 05:16 PM (#5843955)
2019

Josh Hamilton


Compare and contrast Hamilton and ARod:

Hamilton (with the Rangers):

BA - .302
HR - 150
RBI - 531
WAR - 23.0
MVP - 1

Rodriguez:

BA - .305
HR - 156
RBI - 395
WAR - 25.2
MVP - 1

OK, those are cherry picked, in (mostly) ARod's favor, but aside from more playing time (697 G/2996 PA vs 485 G/ 2172 PA), what does Hamilton bring to the table? I guess it's better for your drug of choice to be cocaine and not steroids. OK, Hamilton was on the Rangers only 2 WS teams, but really, it's all about the steroids.
   5. RMc accompanies the Griffmen to Augusta Posted: May 20, 2019 at 07:41 PM (#5844006)
Fun fact: Jenkins' 21.8 WAR is still third-best in the Rangers 48-year history. (His last year in Texas was 1981.)
Even funner fact: Gaylord Perry's 15.5 is still sixth-best, and he left Texas after the 1980 season.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5844015)
Fun fact: Jenkins' 21.8 WAR is still third-best in the Rangers 48-year history. (His last year in Texas was 1981.)
Even funner fact: Gaylord Perry's 15.5 is still sixth-best, and he left Texas after the 1980 season.


Both the Cubs and White Sox #3 last pitched for them in 1916.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:59 PM (#5844035)
If we limit them to post-expansion (the Rangers existence if we include Senators II: The Ennui), Fergie is #1 on the Cubs pitching list with 53 WAR (Reuschel then Z then Maddux then, surprising to me, Bill Hands**).

Fergie added 2 WAR with the bat putting him at 55. That puts him 5th on the Cubs overall expansion list: Santo 71, Sandberg 68, Williams 62, Sosa 59. (Expansion misses most of Ernie's greatness.)

Among current players, Rizzo is 6th on the position player's list but is a solid 14 WAR behind Grace. Bryant is 8th with 23 WAR, just over halfway to Grace's total. Hendricks is closing in on 18 WAR and with his extension might challenge Hands and Wood.

Some folks might be surprised by Maddux's "lackluster" showing but of course he struggled a bit early then he came back in his later years. Still, he had more starts/IP but fewer WAR than Z and Hands beats him on a per-inning basis.

** I knew Hands had a couple of big seasons but he was around a good bit longer than I realized ... or maybe other guys were around less than I realized. Anyway, he's also 5th in post-expansion starts with 213.
   8. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 20, 2019 at 10:51 PM (#5844056)
If we limit them to post-expansion (the Rangers existence if we include Senators II: The Ennui), Fergie is #1 on the Cubs pitching list with 53 WAR (Reuschel then Z then Maddux then, surprising to me, Bill Hands**).


Fair enough. By that criteria, the Orioles #3 since expansion is Dave McNally, who last pitched for them in 1974. Same goes for the Astros with Don Wilson.
   9. Booey Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:20 AM (#5844171)
OK, those are cherry picked, in (mostly) ARod's favor, but aside from more playing time (697 G/2996 PA vs 485 G/ 2172 PA), what does Hamilton bring to the table? I guess it's better for your drug of choice to be cocaine and not steroids. OK, Hamilton was on the Rangers only 2 WS teams, but really, it's all about the steroids.


Well, if batting averages continue to drop, he may eventually be known as MLB's "Last .350 hitter!" the same way that Ted always will be with .400 ;-)
   10. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5844196)
Both the Cubs and White Sox #3 last pitched for them in 1916.


pikers... the Reds #1 in pitching WAR retired in 1905, their #2 in 1933, their #3 1929, #4 in 1948, and #5 in 1899. Of their top 10 in pitching WAR only two had careers wholly after WW2 (Rijo and Maloney)

edit: not retired but, last year with the Reds.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: May 21, 2019 at 11:55 AM (#5844197)
The comparison in #4 had opposite the intended effect for me - I had assumed that ARod would wallop Hamilton, not that they'd be fairly close. Obvs ARod has a higher level of play as a Ranger, but I think it's appropriate for a team HOF to reward both longevity and popularity.
   12. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: May 21, 2019 at 12:13 PM (#5844215)
pikers... the Reds #1 in pitching WAR retired in 1905, their #2 in 1933, their #3 1929, #4 in 1948, and #5 in 1899. Of their top 10 in pitching WAR only two had careers wholly after WW2 (Rijo and Maloney)


Well, most long time NL teams are like that, though not quite to the extent of the reds. The Cardinals also have only 2, Gibson and Wainwright. The Giants, Cubs and Pirates each have only 3. And while the Braves have Spahn, Niekro, Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine, their other 5 guys all pitched in the 19th century. Only the Phillies and Dodgers have the majority post WWII.

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