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1993 Texas Rangers season

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Owner(s)  George W. Bush
Manager(s)  Kevin Kennedy
General manager(s)  Tom Grieve
Local television  KTVT (Jim Sundberg, Steve Busby) HSE (Greg Lucas, Norm Hitzges)
Local radio  WBAP (Eric Nadel, Mark Holtz ) KXEB (Luis Mayoral, Mario Díaz Oroszo)

The Texas Rangers 1993 season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. Before the 1993 season, Nolan Ryan announced his retirement, effective at the end of that season.

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Offseason

  • December 15, 1992: Tom Henke was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • December 19, 1992: Manuel Lee was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • December 19, 1992: Doug Dascenzo was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • January 13, 1993: Mario Díaz was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • February 1, 1993: Billy Ripken was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • February 8, 1993: Steve Balboni was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • March 22, 1993: Mike Schooler was signed as a Free Agent with the Texas Rangers.
  • Regular season

  • On May 26, 1993, during a game against the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Martínez hit a fly ball that Canseco lost in the lights as he was crossing the warning track. The ball hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run. The cap [1] Jose was wearing on that play, which This Week in Baseball rated in 1998 as the greatest blooper of the show's first 21 years, is in the Seth Swirsky collection. After the incident, the Harrisburg Heat offered him a soccer contract.
  • May 29, 1993 – José Canseco asked his manager, Kevin Kennedy, to let him pitch the eighth inning of a runaway loss to the Boston Red Sox. While pitching, he injured his arm, underwent Tommy John surgery, and was lost for the remainder of the season, leading him to suffer further indignity and ridicule.
  • On August 4, just before the end, Ryan had yet another high-profile moment – this time an on-the-mound fight. After Ryan hit Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox, Ventura charged the mound in order to fight Ryan, who was 20 years his senior. Ryan secured the 26-year-old Ventura in a headlock with his left arm, while pummelling Ventura's head with his right fist six times before catcher Iván Rodríguez was able to pull Ventura away from Ryan. Ryan stated afterwards it was the same maneuver he used on steers he had to brand on his Texas ranch. Videos of the incident were played that evening throughout the country. While Ventura and White Sox manager Gene Lamont were ejected, Ryan–who had barely moved from his spot on the mound in the fracas–was allowed to remain in the game and pitched hitless ball the rest of the way. Ryan had determined to be more aggressive after coming out on the wrong side of an altercation with Dave Winfield's beating in 1980.
  • September 17, 1993: Greg Myers of the Angels was the final strikeout victim of Nolan Ryan. It would be Ryan's 5,714th strikeout.
  • On September 22, 1993, Nolan Ryan's arm finally gave out. In Seattle, Ryan tore a ligament, ending his career two starts earlier than planned. Briefly attempting to pitch past the injury, Ryan threw one further pitch after tearing his ligament; with his injured arm, his final pitch was measured at 98 miles per hour. Ryan's last start was his worst; he allowed a single, four walks, and a grand slam in the top of the first without recording an out. (Ryan left trailing 5-0, and the fourth walk was completed by a reliever after Ryan's injury, but credited to Ryan.)
  • Notable transactions

  • September 11, 1993: Mike Schooler was released by the Texas Rangers.
  • Starters by position

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

    Awards and honors

  • Juan González, A.L. Home Run Champ
  • Juan González, Silver Slugger Award
  • Iván Rodríguez, C, Gold Glove
  • All-Star Game

    Farm system

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Rangers

    References

    1993 Texas Rangers season Wikipedia


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