1997 Texas Rangers season

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1997 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George W. Bush
Manager(s) Johnny Oates
Local television KXTX-TV
KXAS-TV
Fox Sports Southwest
(Mark Holtz, Tom Grieve, Bill Jones)
Local radio KRLD
(Eric Nadel, Brad Sham )
KMRT
(Luis Mayoral, Josue Perez)
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The Texas Rangers 1997 season involved the Rangers finishing 3rd in the American League west with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses. Despite not making the playoffs the club would set an all-time attendance record of over 2.945 million fans, which would be the franchise's best until 2011.

On a somber note, the club would lose long-time radio broadcaster Mark Holtz to leukemia during the season; however, in his final game in May the Rangers won, allowing him to sign off one final time with his trademark "Hello Win Column!".

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB
Seattle Mariners 90 72 .556 --
Anaheim Angels 84 78 .519 6
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 13
Oakland Athletics 65 97 .401 25

Notable transactions[edit]

Draft Picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1997 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Clark, WillWill Clark 110 393 128 .326 12 51

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ripken, BillyBilly Ripken 71 203 56 .276 3 24
Simms, MikeMike Simms 59 111 28 .252 5 22
Diaz, AlexAlex Diaz 28 90 20 .222 2 12

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hernandez, XavierXavier Hernandez 44 0 4 0 4.56 36

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Greg Biagini
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Bobby Jones
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Butch Wynegar
Rookie Pulaski Rangers Appalachian League Julio Cruz
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Jim Byrd

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