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The Texas Rangers 2008 season was the 48th year of the franchise and 37th since moving to Arlington, Texas. The organization, after finishing fourth in the American League Western Division in 2007. The new season would be the first under the oversight of newly hired club president and former Ranger great Nolan Ryan. Upon his hire, Ryan indicated that his role in the 2008 season would be largely observational with regard to baseball operations, and any major changes would be made following the conclusion of the regular season.[1]

2008 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record79–83 (.488)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Hicks
General manager(s)Jon Daniels
Manager(s)Ron Washington
Local televisionFSN Southwest
KDFI (My 27)
KDFW (Fox 4)
Local radioKRLD
KFLC (Spanish)
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I don't come in with any preconceived ideas of what I want to do or what needs to be done", said Ryan, who indicated that he will make two extended trips to spring training to become acquainted with players and staff. "I think it'll be a learning process for me. I'm going to try to get my arms around our organization so I'll have a better understanding of who we are and what we do and what I can do to help us be better.

— Nolan Ryan, February 8, 2008 [2]

The Rangers set a Major League record for the most doubles by a team in a season, with 376.[3]

PreseasonEdit

Notable offseason transactionsEdit

The Rangers' offseason was filled with activity as Jon Daniels moved to quickly acquire talent both on and off the field. The 2007 club roster fielded several arbitration-eligible players, whose status for 2008 remained unsure. Several of these players would sign short-term contracts with the Rangers while others would seek playing time elsewhere.

2007Edit

January 2008Edit

February and MarchEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Opening Day startersEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 100 62 0.617 50–31 50–31
Texas Rangers 79 83 0.488 21 40–41 39–42
Oakland Athletics 75 86 0.466 24½ 43–38 32–48
Seattle Mariners 61 101 0.377 39 35–46 26–55

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Record vs. OpponentsEdit

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 6–12 4–5 4–4 4–3 5–3 3–6 3–3 7–11 0–5 8–2 3–15 4–5 6–12 11–7
Boston 12–6 4–3 5–1 5–2 6–1 1–8 4–3 9–9 6–4 6–3 8–10 9–1 9–9 11–7
Chicago 5–4 3–4 11–7 12–6 12–6 5–5 9–10 2–5 5–4 5–1 4–6 3–3 1–7 12–6
Cleveland 4–4 1–5 7–11 11–7 10–8 4–5 8–10 4–3 5–4 4–5 5–2 6–4 6–1 6–12
Detroit 3–4 2–5 6–12 7–11 7–11 3–6 7–11 4–2 3–6 7–3 3–4 6–3 3–5 13–5
Kansas City 3–5 1–6 6–12 8–10 11–7 2–3 6–12 5–5 6–3 7–2 3–5 2–7 2–5 13–5
Los Angeles 6–3 8–1 5–5 5–4 6–3 3–2 5–3 7–3 10–9 14–5 3–6 12–7 6–3 10–8
Minnesota 3–3 3–4 10–9 10–8 11–7 12–6 3–5 4–6 5–5 5–4 3–3 5–5 0–6 14–4
New York 11–7 9–9 5–2 3–4 2–4 5–5 3–7 6–4 5–1 7–2 11–7 3–4 9–9 10–8
Oakland 5–0 4–6 4–5 4–5 6–3 3–6 9–10 5–5 1–5 - 10–9 3–6 7–12 4–6 10–8
Seattle 2–8 3–6 1–5 5–4 3–7 2–7 5–14 4–5 2–7 9–10 3–4 8–11 5–4 9–9
Tampa Bay 15–3 10–8 6–4 2–5 4–3 5–3 6–3 3–3 7–11 6–3 4–3 6–3 11–7 12–6
Texas 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–6 3–6 7–2 7–12 5–5 4–3 12–7 11–8 3–6 4–4 10–8
Toronto 12–6 9–9 7–1 1–6 5–3 5–2 3–6 6–0 9–9 6–4 4–5 7–11 4–4 8–10

Game logEdit

Legend
Rangers Win Rangers Loss Game Postponed
2008 Game Log (79-83)

RosterEdit

2008 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

Other battersEdit

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

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm systemEdit

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma RedHawks Pacific Coast League Bobby Jones
AA Frisco RoughRiders Texas League Scott Little
A Bakersfield Blaze California League Damon Berryhill
A Clinton LumberKings Midwest League Mike Micucci
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Tim Hulett
Rookie AZL Rangers Arizona League Bill Richardson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spokane

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jamey Newberg's The Newberg Report: Nolan Ryan returns. Newbergreport.com (February 7, 2008). Retrieved on November 5, 2010.
  2. ^ Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Star-telegram.com. Retrieved on 05-11-2010.
  3. ^ "Doubles Team Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.bbtia.com/archives/