Current Rangers dominate anniversary team
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers unveiled their 40th anniversary all-time team and the current crop of Rangers fared well in fan voting.
Michael Young was the top vote getter at shortstop and finished second at second base behind Ian Kinsler.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton was the top vote getter among outfielders while Nelson Cruz also made the six-player outfield. Elvis Andrus finished second to Young at shortstop and Neftali Feliz was one of the three relievers voted to the team.
Fans voted for two players at each infield position, designated hitter and catcher. Six outfielders, four starting pitchers and three relievers were also chosen for the team, which will be honored Aug. 11 at Rangers Ballpark.
Young was one of two players selected at two positions with Juan Gonzalez (outfield, DH) and Rafael Palmeiro (first base, DH) the other two.
"It's pretty cool," Young said. "To be on the anniversary team is a great honor. I've played with some great players here."
Like Young, Kinsler has played his entire major-league career with the Rangers.
"To get recognized by the fans like that and to be honored with the all-time team is pretty special," Kinsler said. "There's been a lot of baseball games played in a Texas Rangers uniform. It's cool to be a part of and something I take pride it."
Ivan Rodriguez (catcher) and Nolan Ryan (starting pitcher) were also among the top vote getters.
Rodriguez and Jim Sundberg are the team's top catchers while Will Clark was the second first baseman selected. Buddy Bell and Steve Buechele were the top vote getters at third base.
Joining Hamilton, Cruz and Gonzalez in the outfield are Rusty Greer, Ruben Sierra and Jeff Burroughs.
The four starting pitchers are Ryan, Kenny Rogers, Fergie Jenkins and Charlie Hough. Feliz, John Wetteland and Jeff Russell are the relievers.