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Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Quarry Unlimited - #16 Texas Rangers Part 1

I don't believe there was any team that had to deal with as much injury and turmoil during the 2014 season as the Texas Rangers.  They started the season with their entire 5 man starting rotation on the disabled list and it just went downhill from there.  The Rangers turned in their worst season since 1985 and that was a Bobby Valentine managed club so that shouldn't even really count against them.  This is a team that had made the postseason for five straight years.  Well technically they missed the playoffs in 2013, but they did play in a tiebreaker game for the Wild Card so I'll count it anyway. 

The resignation of longtime manager Ron Washington was the biggest blow to the Rangers season (no pun intended...well maybe a slight one was intended).  In one of the weirder resignations ever, Washington left in early September because he cheated on his wife and apparently quitting his job would make things all better between them.  Tim Bogar became the interim manager and led the Rangers team that was 31 games under .500 to a 14-8 record in his 22 games in charge.  The Rangers rewarded his fantastic stint by passing him over in favor of Jeff Banister, someone with zero experience at the big league level.  Why anyone would want to be an interim manager I will never know.  And Bogar was not even the worst interim manager experience of the season, but we'll get to that story later.


Total # of Rangers in 2014 - 64 (most in the league…by far)

# of new Rangers in 2014 - 40 (most in the league…by far)

Best score in 2014 - August 5 at White Sox 16-0

Worst score in 2014 - April 20 vs. White Sox 16-2

Border color that worked best with this team - Yellow

Border color that worked least with this team - Red

Position on last year's list - #14 = DOWN 2

Let's take a look at the first half of the 2014 Texas Rangers with the two manager cards leading the way.




I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2.  As usual, your thoughts are always welcome and encouraged.

Thanx for reading.


Nick said...

I can't say I've ever heard of Roman Mendez, but I love the pigeon cameo on his card.

Marcus said...

The "oversized" glove gag has been done before but it still looks good, especially w/Holland, who is a character. But that sneaky pigeon card with a baseball player in the background might be my favorite so far.

RAZ said...

I hoped that Holland would have a decent card, and you delivered.

Brad's Blog said...

hey, I can't seem to find your email. I would trade the Tulo relic for some Phils, shoot me an email at brauer144 at gmail.com