Back when I wrote about the '83 Cardinals, I mentioned Willie McGee winning a batting title while with another team in another league. A similar thing happened to the Rangers in 1983. Rick Honeycutt won the AL ERA title, but finished the season with the Dodgers after being traded for future ace Dave Stewart.
This was another in a string of below average Ranger teams in the mid 1980s.
Best Player: George Wright...who? well he led the team in runs scored and was second in RBI, second in homers, and second in batting average. He played in all 162 games. I don't know much about him, but his last major league season was in 1986 with the Expos and he was in the minor leagues through 1991.
Best Pitcher: Charlie Hough...he pitched in 9 more games and 80 innings than Rick Honeycutt and led the team in wins and strikeouts.
All-Stars: Rick Honeycutt
Rookie Card of the Year: Pete O'Brien, got some MVP votes in 1986 while with the Rangers, was sent to the Indians prior to the 1989 season in the package to bring in Julio Franco, played one year with the Indians, and then signed as a free agent with the Mariners and finished his career in 1993 there. Decent decade long career....apologize for the card picture above, but I have no cards out of the 1983 Topps Traded set.
Other rookies: Terry Bogener (listed under retired players), Dave Hostetler, Bob Johnson, Mike Richardt, Dave Schmidt, Mike Smithson, Wayne Tolleson, Don Werner (under retired players), George Wright
First Ranger cards: Larry Biittner, Bucky Dent, Darrell Johnson (under retired players), Odell Jones, Paul Mirabella (listed under Baltimore Orioles), Doug Rader, Dave Tobik
Most interesting non-Topps card: There was only one Ranger in the other sets that wasn't in the Topps sets. That would be Terry Bogener's card in the Donruss set. He is listed under the retired players checklist. He played in 24 games with the 1982 Rangers and that was it for his major league career.
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