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  • #16
    I have a "high" threshold for really badly run franchises. Like the Arizona Cardinals (stretching back to their time in St. Louis and even Chicago), the L.A. Clippers, the Atlanta Falcons...

    The Rangers haven't had much sustained success and it's usually the same set of problems, but I don't classify them in that kind of grim company.
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    • #17
      Originally posted by Uncle Charlie View Post
      Maybe it's just me, but I don't think the Rangers get mentioned enough when people discuss the worst franchises in sports. It's not that they've been terrible, they've just never really done anything.
      No, they do not belong in the realm of the "worst," but they aren't better than "mediocre" either. Certainly not a Phillies, but perhaps a young White Sox.
      Last edited by dgarza; 05-24-2008, 12:19 PM.

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      • #18
        THey need to get Young out of shortstop, move Kinsler to 3B or to the outfield, and rebuild their middle infield.

        Before you scoff, remember what happened to the Rays when they rebuilt their middle infield, and replaced inadequate defenders with competent ones. A defense-only SS and a competent defensive 2B would go a long, long way to restoring the franchise, especially since two of their best starters right now pitch to contact.

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        • #19
          In 47 seasons, they have had only 15 wining years, never made it to the ALCS, and really haven't had tons of star power that stuck with the franchise. Sure, they have had guys kie Ryan, Jenkins, A-Rod, etc., but never for an extended period of time, and rarely through their primes. No, the Rangers aren't the Phillies or Clippers or Cardinals, but they have to be in the discussion as "one of baseballs' worst" at least.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by nerfan View Post
            The Rangers have a guy on pace for about 165 RBI's. They are scoring more than 5 runs a game. Right now, they're getting KILLED by their horrendous defense.
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            • #21
              What is wrong with the Rangers is simple: They have American League Disease (ALD).

              American League Disease goes something like this: "Wow, with pitching this bad we need more hitters. Where can we get more hitters?

              Or, "Rangers win 2-1? How boring, I remember last week when we lost 10-9 the crowd was really into it."

              The Rangers have had ALD for as long as I can remember, back to my childhood in the 1970s. Other teams with noticeable ALD recently include Baltimore, New York, and up until this year, Tampa Bay. Virtually every AL team seems to have it periodically.

              But then, as my User ID implies, I am biased.
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              • #22
                never mind
                Last edited by Honus Wagner Rules; 05-25-2008, 03:56 AM.
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                • #23
                  "---- and his partners hit what can only be described as a towering home run by selling the Texas Rangers to Thomas Hicks for $250 million. ----[for his $605,000 investment will get] between $10 million and $14 million. [But] they still haven't paid the $7.5 million they owe the city of Arlington."
                  Robert Bryce writing for the Austin Chronicle

                  http://austin.about.com/cs/bushbiogr...ckground_5.htm
                  That whole ownership was a curse for the Rangers and their fans that left the city of Arlington 7.5mil in the red that I doubt they will ever get paid.

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                  • #24
                    In two years, the Rangers will be celebrating their 50th birthday. Should be a short highlight reel.

                    Currently, I think the main problem is Thomas Hicks. This man doesn't know thing one about running a sprots franchise. He's turned the Rangers in the poster boys for mediocracy. He also owns Liverpool FC, an English "soccer" team. He is so hated, he needs an armed guard when he attends matches.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by abolishthedh View Post
                      What is wrong with the Rangers is simple: They have American League Disease (ALD).

                      American League Disease goes something like this: "Wow, with pitching this bad we need more hitters. Where can we get more hitters?

                      Or, "Rangers win 2-1? How boring, I remember last week when we lost 10-9 the crowd was really into it."

                      The Rangers have had ALD for as long as I can remember, back to my childhood in the 1970s. Other teams with noticeable ALD recently include Baltimore, New York, and up until this year, Tampa Bay. Virtually every AL team seems to have it periodically.

                      But then, as my User ID implies, I am biased.

                      Of course, since other recent ALD sufferers include San Bondcisco, Cincinatti, Milwaukee and the Mets, I'm not sure it's named all that aptly, now is it?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by NYMets523 View Post
                        They don't seem to identify talent well. They've let a lot of guys slip away and got little in return.
                        That's the Pirates in a nutshell since 1993. Being that there was a track record of success in the past (still over 500 all time despite the struggles since '93) and that the Bucs play in a great ballpark, the Bucs don't qualify for "worst" yet. But until they get back over 500, a lot of folks hare aren't too fond of the Bucs (many consider the Bucs a distant 3rd among the pro sports teams here)

                        It's amazing how the Rangers franchise has only won 1 playoff game (and it was a road game against the Yanks IIRC) in their 35+ years in Texas. It seems the Rangers hit well every year, but their pitching has been near the bottom of the AL for many years. I kind of look at the Rangers as the Rockies of the AL. If only they can go on a run like the Rockies did last year.
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