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Texas Rangers 2015 Rewind

A look at how the Rangers went from worst to first in 2015.

Pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Arizona in just 11 days which leave Texas Rangers fans waiting 56 long days for Opening Day in Arlington. If you’re a little bit like me, you’re probably getting to the breaking point of winter. You’ve had your fill of the holidays, basketball and football, not to mention those that are already talking about the NFL Draft. I’m a little tired of it all, too

I would love to have a magic ball and tell you that the Rangers will go 96-66 winning the AL West, ALDS, ALCS and FINALLY bring home the Commissioner’s Trophy. Unfortunately, I’m not a psychic and I don’t like making huge predictions before Spring Training has even begun. However, what I enjoy doing this time of year when I’m going a little crazy from the lack of baseball is watching clips from past seasons.

I thought it would be nice to share some moments of the Texas Rangers’ 2015 season to serve as a reminder to Rangers fans, and even those who prefer other teams, that the outlook for 2015 was grim. Ron Washington left before 2014 ended. The club had a new skipper with a fresh perspective and to be honest, I didn’t know what to think of Jeff Banister when he arrived. But, by season’s end and even now every Rangers player and fan lives by his mantra: Never. Ever. Quit.

The team lost Yu Darvish early on to Tommy John Surgery. Derek Holland took a little longer to come back. Martin Perez also made it back last season after undergoing TJ Surgery. Jurickson Profar didn’t make it back to Arlington at all. Rougned Odor was sent down to strengthen his fundamentals that might have been lost in his quick entrance into The Show.

Never. Ever. Quit.

Josh Hamilton found his way back to Arlington, too. He even hit 8 home runs to help the Rangers, especially playing against the Angels.

Never. Ever. Quit.

The Texas Rangers were neck-to-neck with the Houston Astros going into the home stretch but, finally retained first place in September.

Never. Ever. Quit.

Texas had 9 rookies make their Major League debuts with the club - Hanser Alberto, Delino DeShields, Andrew Faulkner, Joey Gallo, Alex Gonzalez, Luke Jackson, Keone Kela, Ryan Strausborger, and Logan Verrett. Many of whom became everyday players and will most likely break camp with the club this season.

Never. Ever. Quit.

Prince Fielder came back from having season-ending surgery and he was exactly what Rangers fans wanted and needed to see. Adrian Beltre had many career milestones in 2015, despite playing with a thumb injury the majority of the year.

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Indeed, there were many things that went the Texas Rangers way last season. I believe it began with Banister’s philosophy and attitude that spilled into the clubhouse and resonated with each player, which should give Texas Rangers fans more than enough reasons to believe that this is THE year. This is OUR time.


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