Monday, July 19, 2010

1982 Texas Rangers

In 1977, the Rangers were a 94 win team, but the Royals won 102 that year. After 1977, the Rangers had a decent run of above .500 teams. In 1982 the Rangers got rid of Al Oliver and Fergie Jenkins. Probably even worse also traded Ron Darling and Walt Terrell, future pitching stars, for Oliver's replacement in Lee Mazzilli. The Rangers came crashing to earth with this 1982 version that was just a few losses north of a 100 loss season.

Buddy Bell...he led the team in batting average, hits, and OBP and co-led the team in RBI (with 67!). He was second on the team in home runs and runs scored.

One of the bigger bats in this line-up, Dave Hostetler, who came in 6th in rookie of the year voting, didn't have a card in 1982.

Cy Young
Charlie Hough led the team in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched. He had 16 wins and a winning record for this team that only won 64 games overall.

Rookie Card of the Year
Only one player on this roster had a card that could arguably be considered a rookie card, and that would be Randy Bass. He is shown on his 1982 Topps card in a Padres uniform and played with both the Padres and Rangers in 1982, I am putting him on this cheklist as he played more time with the Rangers. His rookie card is actually in the 1979 Topps set on the Royals prospects card, but he appeared in the 1982 set on his own card for the first time.

Most Interesting Non-Topps Card
There was only one of these, and that was the card for manager Don Zimmer in the Donruss set. He was one of two managers for this Rangers squad, being let go in mid-season. He wouldn't reappear again as a manager until 1988 with the Cubs.

__ TO 335 C Jim Sundberg TEX

1B Dave Hostetler

2B Mike Richardt
__ TO 50 3B Buddy Bell TEX
__ TO 443 SS Mark Wagner TEX
__ TO 112 LF Billy Sample TEX

CF George Wright
__ TT 86 RF Larry Parrish TEX
__ TT 50 DH Lamar Johnson TEX
__ TO 496 UT Johnny Grubb TEX
__ TT 33 MI Doug Flynn TEX

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 718 SP Charlie Hough TEX
__ TT 117 SP Frank Tanana TEX
__ TO 751 SP Rick Honeycutt TEX
__ TO 78 SP Doc Medich TEX

SP John Butcher

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 298 CL Danny Darwin TEX
__ TO 239 RP Jon Matlack TEX

RP Dave J. Schmidt
__ TO 499 RP Paul Mirabella TOR
__ TO 16 RP Steve Comer TEX

Other Players
__ TT 68 DH Lee Mazzilli TEX
__ TO 402 IF Bill Stein TEX

SS Bucky Dent
__ TO 149 1B Pat Putnam TEX

UT Leon Roberts

SS Wayne Tolleson

UT Pete O'Brien
__ TO 704 DH Mickey Rivers TEX

UT Terry Bogener

C Don Werner

C Bob Johnson
__ TO 307 UT Randy Bass SDP

OF Nick Capra
__ TO 212 SS Mario Mendoza TEX

SP Mike Smithson

RP Dan Boitano

SP Mike Mason

RP Jim Farr

RP Tom Henke

Minor Leagues
__ TO 497 MN Jim Anderson SEA
__ TO 263 MN Victor Cruz PIT

__ DO 195 MG Don Zimmer TEX

MG Darrell Johnson

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