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PLAYERS: Adrian Beltre
TEAMS: Texas Rangers
2012 ended with a resounding thud for the Texas Rangers. Winners of the last 2 AL pennants, Texas got off to a great start, hitting the All-Star Break with a 52-34 record and their path to the playoffs all but assured. However, they went just 41-35 after the break, were swept by the A’s in the final regular season series to lose the division and get shoved into the Wild Card game where they were officially dismissed from the party by the Orioles. It all happened so fast that fans were left scratching their heads over what the heck went wrong. Ron Washington’s team led all of baseball in runs scored with 808. They finished the year with a +101 run differential, 3rd best in the AL. The Rangers didn’t have a ton of success on the road, going just 43-38 and their starting pitching’s collective 4.30 ERA was 20th best in baseball. To make matters worse, GM Jon Daniels had a frustrating offseason. Gone are longtime rocks Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, not to mention Mike Napoli. That’s a...
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