Originally written December 21, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
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The Rangers have lost arguably their three most popular players this offseason. And now they've added the most hated man in baseball. Now that's a personality change. The Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, one of the most irritating characters in the game. Fans will have to get used to the idea of a cheering for one of the game's longtime villains. They will do this while getting over the loss of Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli, whose names have been the backs of thousands of jerseys in the stands at Rangers Ballpark. Young was one of the bedrock names of the franchise, a pro's pro who had been around since the bad old days. Hamilton was The Natural, as endeared for his tape-measure shots as his inspiring, faith-based comeback from the depths of substance abuse. Napoli was the grizzled catcher with the clutch bat, whose name became a staple among Ballpark chants: "Na-po-li! Na-po-li! Na-po-li!" Baseball...
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