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The Texas Rangers 1996 season involved the Rangers finishing 1st in the American League west with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. It would be the first post-season appearance for the Rangers in franchise history.

1996 Texas Rangers
1996 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)George W. Bush
General manager(s)Doug Melvin
Manager(s)Johnny Oates
Local televisionPrime Sports Southwest
KXTX-TV
KXAS-TV
(Mark Holtz, Tom Grieve)
Local radioKRLD
(Eric Nadel, Brad Sham )
KXEB
(Luis Mayoral, Josue Perez)
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The Rangers would win their first post-season game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, but would lose the last three games to lose the division series. The one post-season win would be the club's only post-season success until 2010.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

  • October 8, 1995: Scott Podsednik was sent by the Rangers to the Florida Marlins to complete an earlier deal (the Rangers sent players to be named later to the Marlins for Bobby Witt, and sent Wilson Heredia to the Marlins on August 11) and made on August 8, 1995.[1]
  • December 21, 1995: Ken Hill was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[2]
  • December 22, 1995: Mike Henneman was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[3]
  • January 16, 1996: Kevin Elster was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 90 72 0.556 50–31 40–41
Seattle Mariners 85 76 0.528 43–38 42–38
Oakland Athletics 78 84 0.481 12 40–41 38–43
California Angels 70 91 0.435 19½ 43–38 27–53

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1996 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–6 6–6 4–8 5–7 11–2 9–3 9–3 7–5 3–10 9–4 7–5 3–10–1 8–5
Boston 6–7 8–4 6–6 1–11 12–1 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5
California 6–6 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–6 4–8 7–5 4–8 7–6 6–7 5–8 4–9 7–5
Chicago 8–4 6–6 6–6 5–8 10–3 7–6 6–7 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 8–4 7–5
Cleveland 7–5 11–1 9–4 8–5 12–0 7–6 7–6 10–3 3–9 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–5
Detroit 2–11 1–12 6–6 3–10 0–12 6–6 4–8 6–6 5–8 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–7
Kansas City 3–9 9–3 8–4 6–7 6–7 6–6 4–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 7–5 6–6 5–8
Milwaukee 3–9 5–7 5–7 7–6 6–7 8–4 9–4 9–4 6–6 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Minnesota 5–7 6–6 8–4 7–6 3–10 6–6 7–6 4–9 5–7 6–7 6–6 7–5 8–5
New York 10–3 6–7 6–7 7–6 9–3 8–5 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–3 3–9 5–7 8–5
Oakland 4–9 5–8 7–6 7–5 6–6 8–4 7–5 5–7 7–6 3–9 8–5 7–6 4–8
Seattle 5–7 6–7 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–4 6–6 9–3 5–8 10–3 5–7
Texas 10–3–1 6–6 9–4 4–8 8–4 9–4 6–6 7–6 5–7 7–5 6–7 3–10 10–2
Toronto 5–8 5–8 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–6 8–5 7–5 5–8 5–8 8–4 7–5 2–10


Game logEdit

1996 Game Log: 90–72 (Home: 50–31; Away: 40–41)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie
Bold = Rangers team member

Detailed recordsEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1996 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Ivan Rodriguez 153 649 192 .300 19 86
1B Will Clark 117 436 124 .284 13 72
2B Mark Mclemore 147 517 150 .290 5 46
SS Kevin Elster 157 515 130 .252 24 99
3B Dean Palmer 154 582 163 .280 38 107
LF Rusty Greer 139 542 180 .332 18 100
CF Darryl Hamilton 148 627 184 .293 6 51
RF Juan Gonzalez 134 541 170 .314 47 144
DH Mickey Tettleton 143 491 121 .246 24 83

Other battersEdit

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jack Voigt 5 9 1 .111 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Gross 28 129.1 11 8 5.22 78
Ken Hill 35 250.2 16 10 3.63 170
Darren Oliver 30 173.2 14 6 4.66 112
Roger Pavik 34 201.0 15 8 5.19 127
Bobby Witt 33 199.2 16 12 5.41 157

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDSEdit

Game 1, October 1Edit

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 8 0
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
WP: John Burkett (1-0)   LP: David Cone (0-1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (1), Dean Palmer (1)
NYY: None

Game 2, October 2Edit

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Texas 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
New York 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
WP: Brian Boehringer (1-0)   LP: Mike Stanton (0-1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (2, 3)
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)

Game 3, October 4Edit

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
Texas 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Jeff Nelson (1-0)   LP: Darren Oliver (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Tex: Juan González (4)

Game 4, October 5Edit

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 6 12 1
Texas 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
WP: David Weathers (1-0)   LP: Roger Pavlik (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (2, 3)
Tex: Juan González (5)

Awards and honorsEdit

All-Star Game

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Scott Podsednik at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ken Hill at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mike Henneman at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  5. ^ Jack Voigt at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Travis Hafner at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mike Stanton at Baseball Reference

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 1996 Texas Rangers at Baseball Reference
  • 1996 Texas Rangers at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.