2008 Texas Rangers
2008 Texas Rangers / Franchise: Texas Rangers / BR Team Page
Managed by Ron Washington
History, Comments, Contributions
The 2008 Texas Rangers were not expected to be a major factor in the AL West race when the season started. However, they surprised most observers by putting together an absolutely devastating offense, led by the double-play combo of Michael Young and Ian Kinsler, and two newcomers who put together career years, DH Milton Bradley and CF Josh Hamilton. The latter, who had been obtained in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds in return for promising young pitcher Edinson Volquez, became one of the biggest stories of the first half by building on a solid but injury-filled 2007 campaign by bursting out with numbers that put him among AL leaders in all three Triple Crown categories, and then following that with an amazing display of power during the first round of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby.
However, pitching was another story, with the staff struggling to keep the Rangers in games in which their offense was pounding the opposition. On August 1, with the team hanging on the fringes of the Wild Card race, they fired pitching coach Mark Connor and bullpen coach Dom Chiti, replacing them with Andy Hawkins and Jim Colborn respectively.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Milton Bradley, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Michael Young
- AL Gold Glove: Michael Young (SS)
- AL Silver Slugger Award: Josh Hamilton (OF)
- 2008 Topps All-Star Rookie Team: David Murphy (OF)