1993 Texas Rangers season

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1993 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George W. Bush
Manager(s) Kevin Kennedy
Local television KTVT
(Jim Sundberg, Steve Busby)
HSE
(Greg Lucas, Norm Hitzges)
Local radio WBAP
(Eric Nadel, Mark Holtz )
KXEB
(Luis Mayoral, Mario Diaz Oroszo)
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The Texas Rangers 1993 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League west with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. Before the 1993 season, Nolan Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season.

Offseason[edit]

  • December 15, 1992: Tom Henke was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[1]
  • December 19, 1992: Manuel Lee was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[2]
  • December 19, 1992: Doug Dascenzo was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[3]
  • January 13, 1993: Mario Diaz was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[4]
  • February 1, 1993: Billy Ripken was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[5]
  • February 8, 1993: Steve Balboni was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[6]
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Schooler was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[7]

Regular season[edit]

  • On May 26, 1993, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Martínez hit a fly ball that Canseco lost in the lights as he was crossing the warning track. The ball hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run. The cap [1] Jose was wearing on that play, which This Week in Baseball rated in 1998 as the greatest blooper of the show's first 21 years, is in the Seth Swirsky collection. After the incident, the Harrisburg Heat offered him a soccer contract.[8]
  • May 29, 1993 - José Canseco asked his manager, Kevin Kennedy, to let him pitch the eighth inning of a runaway loss to the Boston Red Sox. While pitching, he injured his arm, underwent Tommy John surgery, and was lost for the remainder of the season, leading him to suffer further indignity and ridicule.
  • On August 4, just before the end, Ryan had yet another high profile moment – this time an on-the-mound fight. After Ryan hit Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox, Ventura charged the mound in order to fight Ryan, who was 20 years his senior. Ryan secured the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock with his left arm, while pummelling Ventura's head with his right fist six times before catcher Iván Rodríguez was able to pull Ventura away from Ryan. Ryan stated afterwards it was the same maneuver he used on steers he had to brand on his Texas ranch. Videos of the incident were played that evening throughout the country. While Ventura and White Sox manager Gene Lamont were ejected, Ryan–who had barely moved from his spot on the mound in the fracas–was allowed to remain in the game and pitched hitless ball the rest of the way. Ryan had determined to be more aggressive after coming out on the wrong side of an altercation with Dave Winfield's beating in 1980.[9]
  • September 17, 1993: Greg Myers of the Angels was the final strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan.[10] It would be Ryan's 5,714th strikeout.
  • On September 22, 1993, Nolan Ryan's arm finally gave out. In Seattle, Ryan tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour. Ryan's last start was his worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. (Ryan left trailing 5-0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan's injury, but credited to Ryan.)

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 45–36 49–32
Texas Rangers 86 76 0.531 8 50–31 36–45
Kansas City Royals 84 78 0.519 10 43–38 41–40
Seattle Mariners 82 80 0.506 12 46–35 36–45
California Angels 71 91 0.438 23 44–37 27–54
Minnesota Twins 71 91 0.438 23 36–45 35–46
Oakland Athletics 68 94 0.420 26 38–43 30–51



Notable transactions[edit]

  • September 11, 1993: Mike Schooler was released by the Texas Rangers.[7]

Roster[edit]

1993 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; SB = Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Ivan Rodriguez 137 473 56 129
1B Rafael Palmeiro 160 597 124 176
2B Doug Strange 145 484 58 124
3B Dean Palmer 148 519 88 127
SS Manuel Lee 73 205 31 45
LF Juan Gonzalez 140 536 105 166
CF David Hulse 114 407 71 118
RF Jose Canseco 60 231 30 59
DH Julio Franco 144 532 85 154

[11]

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Gary Redus 77 222 28 64 .288 6 31 4

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Brown 34 233 15 12 3.59 142

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Tom Henke
Jose Canseco 1 1 0 0 0 27.00 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Bobby Jones
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Stan Cliburn
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Tommy Thompson
A Charleston Rainbows South Atlantic League Walt Williams
Short-Season A Erie Sailors New York-Penn League Doug Sisson
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Chino Cadahia

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Rangers

Notes[edit]

References[edit]