1996 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 1996 season involved the Rangers finishing 1st in the American League west with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. It would be the first post-season appearance for the Rangers in franchise history.

The Rangers would win their first post-season game at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees, but would lose the last three games to lose the division series. The one post-season win would be the club's only post-season success until 2010.

1996 Texas Rangers
1996 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)George W. Bush
General manager(s)Doug Melvin
Manager(s)Johnny Oates
Local televisionPrime Sports Southwest
KXTX-TV
KXAS-TV
(Mark Holtz, Tom Grieve)
Local radioKRLD
(Eric Nadel, Brad Sham )
KXEB
(Luis Mayoral, Josue Perez)
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Offseason

  • October 8, 1995: Scott Podsednik was sent by the Rangers to the Florida Marlins to complete an earlier deal (the Rangers sent players to be named later to the Marlins for Bobby Witt, and sent Wilson Heredia to the Marlins on August 11) and made on August 8, 1995.[1]
  • December 21, 1995: Ken Hill was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[2]
  • December 22, 1995: Mike Henneman was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[3]
  • January 16, 1996: Kevin Elster was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.[4]

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 90 72 0.556 50–31 40–41
Seattle Mariners 85 76 0.528 43–38 42–38
Oakland Athletics 78 84 0.481 12 40–41 38–43
California Angels 70 91 0.435 19½ 43–38 27–53

Record vs. opponents

1996 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–6 6–6 4–8 5–7 11–2 9–3 9–3 7–5 3–10 9–4 7–5 3–10–1 8–5
Boston 6–7 8–4 6–6 1–11 12–1 3–9 7–5 6–6 7–6 8–5 7–6 6–6 8–5
California 6–6 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–6 4–8 7–5 4–8 7–6 6–7 5–8 4–9 7–5
Chicago 8–4 6–6 6–6 5–8 10–3 7–6 6–7 6–7 6–7 5–7 5–7 8–4 7–5
Cleveland 7–5 11–1 9–4 8–5 12–0 7–6 7–6 10–3 3–9 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–5
Detroit 2–11 1–12 6–6 3–10 0–12 6–6 4–8 6–6 5–8 4–8 6–6 4–9 6–7
Kansas City 3–9 9–3 8–4 6–7 6–7 6–6 4–9 6–7 4–8 5–7 7–5 6–6 5–8
Milwaukee 3–9 5–7 5–7 7–6 6–7 8–4 9–4 9–4 6–6 7–5 4–9 6–7 5–7
Minnesota 5–7 6–6 8–4 7–6 3–10 6–6 7–6 4–9 5–7 6–7 6–6 7–5 8–5
New York 10–3 6–7 6–7 7–6 9–3 8–5 8–4 6–6 7–5 9–3 3–9 5–7 8–5
Oakland 4–9 5–8 7–6 7–5 6–6 8–4 7–5 5–7 7–6 3–9 8–5 7–6 4–8
Seattle 5–7 6–7 8–5 7–5 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–4 6–6 9–3 5–8 10–3 5–7
Texas 10–3–1 6–6 9–4 4–8 8–4 9–4 6–6 7–6 5–7 7–5 6–7 3–10 10–2
Toronto 5–8 5–8 5–7 5–7 5–7 7–6 8–5 7–5 5–8 5–8 8–4 7–5 2–10

Game log

1996 Game Log: 90–72 (Home: 50–31; Away: 40–41)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss           = Tie
Bold = Rangers team member

Detailed records

American League
Opponent W L WP RS RA
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 10 3 0.769 91 55
Boston Red Sox 6 6 0.500 95 63
Detroit Tigers 9 4 0.692 65 37
New York Yankees 7 5 0.583 68 48
Toronto Blue Jays 10 2 0.833 72 45
Total 42 20 0.677 391 248
AL Central
Chicago White Sox 4 8 0.333 53 86
Cleveland Indians 8 4 0.667 77 67
Kansas City Royals 6 6 0.500 50 44
Milwaukee Brewers 7 6 0.538 75 77
Minnesota Twins 5 7 0.417 76 65
Total 30 31 0.492 331 339
AL West
California Angels 9 4 0.692 74 51
Oakland Athletics 6 7 0.462 76 71
Seattle Mariners 3 10 0.231 56 90
Texas Rangers
Total 18 21 0.462 206 212
Season Total 90 72 0.556 928 799
Month Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
April 26 16 10 0.615 169 135
May 27 18 9 0.667 139 103
June 27 14 13 0.519 175 155
July 27 13 14 0.481 153 139
August 28 16 12 0.571 165 130
September 27 13 14 0.481 127 137
Total 162 90 72 0.556 928 799
Games Won Lost Win % RS RA
Home 81 50 31 0.617 508 407
Away 81 40 41 0.494 419 391
Total 162 90 72 0.556 928 799

Notable transactions

Roster

1996 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
C Ivan Rodriguez 153 649 192 .300 19 86
1B Will Clark 117 436 124 .284 13 72
2B Mark Mclemore 147 517 150 .290 5 46
SS Kevin Elster 157 515 130 .252 24 99
3B Dean Palmer 154 582 163 .280 38 107
LF Rusty Greer 139 542 180 .332 18 100
CF Darryl Hamilton 148 627 184 .293 6 51
RF Juan Gonzalez 134 541 170 .314 47 144
DH Mickey Tettleton 143 491 121 .246 24 83

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Jack Voigt 5 9 1 .111 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kevin Gross 28 129.1 11 8 5.22 78
Ken Hill 35 250.2 16 10 3.63 170
Darren Oliver 30 173.2 14 6 4.66 112
Roger Pavik 34 201.0 15 8 5.19 127
Bobby Witt 33 199.2 16 12 5.41 157

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

ALDS

Game 1, October 1

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Texas 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 8 0
New York 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
WP: John Burkett (1-0)   LP: David Cone (0-1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (1), Dean Palmer (1)
NYY: None

Game 2, October 2

Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Texas 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
New York 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
WP: Brian Boehringer (1-0)   LP: Mike Stanton (0-1)
Home runs:
Tex: Juan González (2, 3)
NYY: Cecil Fielder (1)

Game 3, October 4

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
Texas 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 6 1
WP: Jeff Nelson (1-0)   LP: Darren Oliver (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (1)
Tex: Juan González (4)

Game 4, October 5

The Ballpark in Arlington, Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 6 12 1
Texas 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
WP: David Weathers (1-0)   LP: Roger Pavlik (0-1)   Sv: John Wetteland (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Bernie Williams (2, 3)
Tex: Juan González (5)

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Notes

  1. ^ Scott Podsednik at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Ken Hill at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mike Henneman at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/e/elsteke01.shtml
  5. ^ Jack Voigt at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Travis Hafner at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mike Stanton at Baseball Reference

Farm system

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
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Gary Allenson
A-Short Season Hudson Valley Renegades New York–Penn League Bump Wills
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Jim Byrd

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oklahoma City

Hudson Valley affiliation shared with Tampa Bay Devil Rays

References

  • 1996 Texas Rangers at Baseball Reference
  • 1996 Texas Rangers at Baseball Almanac
  • 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.
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