2002 Texas Rangers season
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|2002 Texas Rangers|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||John Hart|
(Tom Grieve, Josh Lewin)
(Eric Nadel, Vince Cotroneo)
(Eleno Ornelas, Edgar Lopez)
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- 1 Preseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 References
- October 29, 2001: Edinson Vólquez was signed by the Rangers as an amateur free agent.
- November 26, 2001: Todd Van Poppel was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- December 13, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for Jay Witasick.
- December 18, 2001: Dave Elder was traded by the Rangers to the Cleveland Indians for John Rocker.
- January 8, 2002: Juan González was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- February 28, 2002: Tony Mounce was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.
- March 19, 2002: Justin Duchscherer was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland Athletics for Luis Vizcaíno.
Opening Day Starters
- Iván Rodríguez, C
- Rafael Palmeiro, 1B
- Michael Young, 2B
- Hank Blalock, 3B
- Alex Rodriguez, SS
- Gabe Kapler, LF
- Carl Everett, CF
- Juan González, RF
- Frank Catalanotto, DH
- Chan Ho Park, RHP
- Alex Rodriguez had a major league-best 57 HR, 142 RBI and 389 total bases in 2002, becoming the first player to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984. He had the 6th-most home runs in AL history, the most since Roger Maris' league record 61 in 1961, and the most ever for a shortstop for the 2nd straight year while also winning his first Gold Glove Award, awarded for outstanding defense.
- The 109 home runs hit by Alex Rodriguez in 2001–02 are the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive seasons. However, the Rangers finished last in the AL Western division in both years, a showing that likely cost Rodriguez the MVP award in 2002 when he finished second to fellow shortstop Miguel Tejada, whose 103-win Oakland A's won the same division.
- The Rangers set the Major League record for most consecutive games with at least one home run, with 27.
American League Wild Card
|New York Yankees||103||58||0.640|
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574|
|Chicago White Sox||81||81||0.500|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481|
|Kansas City Royals||62||100||0.383|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||55||106||0.342|
Record vs. opponents
2002 American League Records
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- July 31, 2002: Gabe Kapler, Jason Romano and cash were traded by the Rangers to the Colorado Rockies for Dennys Reyes and Todd Hollandsworth.
|2002 Texas Rangers|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|Todd Van Poppel||50||3||2||1||5.45||85|
Awards and honors
- Alex Rodriguez, Hank Aaron Award
- Alex Rodriguez, A.L. Home Run Champ
- Alex Rodriguez, SS, AL Gold Glove
- Alex Rodriguez, Silver Slugger Award,
- Kenny Rogers, P, Gold Glove,
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte
- Edinson Vólquez page at Baseball Reference
- Todd Van Poppel page at Baseball Reference
- John Vander Wal page at Baseball Reference
- John Rocker page at Baseball Reference
- Juan González page at Baseball Reference
- Tony Mounce page at Baseball Reference
- Gabe Kapler page at Baseball Reference
- 2002 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
- 2002 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (3rd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-1-932391-17-6.