2009 Texas Rangers season: Wikis

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2009 Texas Rangers
Major league affiliations
Location
2009 information
Owner(s) Tom Hicks
Manager(s) Ron Washington
Local television Fox Sports Southwest
KDFI, channel 27 (MyNetworkTV)
KDFW, channel 4 (Fox)
Local radio KRLD 105.3 FM (Weekdays)
KRLD 1080 AM (Weekends)
KFLC 1270 AM (Spanish)

The Texas Rangers' 2009 season was the 49th season in franchise history. The Rangers did not win the AL West and have not since the 1999 season.

The 2009 season marked the emergence of the front offices “5 year plan” with contributions from players such as Elvis Andrus, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter, and Julio Borbon. Ranked as the #1 farm system by Baseball America prior to the start of the season, the development of these four rookies at the major league level gave the franchise and its fan base a brighter hope for the future with plans to compete for the ALWest title in 2010 and beyond.

Notable performances by several key players including Kevin Millwood, Ian Kinsler, Michael Young, nelson Cruz, and Scott Feldman contributed to a greatly improved record and allowed the Rangers to compete for the AL West and wild card title well into the final weeks of the season.

Contents

Offseason Moves

The first move of the off season was replacing pitching coach Mark Connor who was fired during the 2008 season. Mike Maddux, who worked with Ryan at his first coaching job with the Houston AA affiliate, did not extend his contract with the Brewers and signed with Texas in November.

After the winter meetings it was reported the Rangers were quietly shopping Michael Young around as a trade target. After this information was released it was discovered that in December Jon Daniels and Ron Washington had told Young they wanted him to move to third base to make room for Elvis Andrus, to which Young asked to be traded.

After Daniels attempted to find a trade partner and the story broke, team president Nolan Ryan spoke with Young and after some additional time Young accepted the move to third base. In his first year at third base Young would make it to the 2009 All-Star game.


In November the option for Hank Blalock was exercised by the Rangers. It is debated if the front office would have picked up Blalock’s option if the free agent market had already been established before the option expired as more and more serviceable players accepted smaller contracts than the $6.2 million Blalock was paid for the 2009 season.

In early December brawling catcher Gerald Laird was traded to Detroit for RHP’s Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo. The move secured the starting catcher job for Jarrod Satlalamachia and allowed Taylor Teagarden to start the season as the backup catcher on the active roster.

Several players were signed early in the off season to minor league while the front office prepared to make moves to clear space on the 40 man roster. 3 players who made the roster to start the season were Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, and Kris Benson.

The biggest transaction of the offseason for the Rangers was voided before it could be started. Free agent Ben Sheets had signed a 2 year deal with the Rangers but he failed the physical after it was discovered his torn flexor tendon would require surgery.

Pitching woes seemed to follow the Rangers through the offseason. Two key pitchers, Joaquin Benoit and Eric Hurely began the season on the 60 day DL following surgery. Neither pitcher would recover during the 2009 season.

Regular season

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Team Leaders

Pitching

Starts Innings Pitched Strike Outs Wins Saves
Kevin Millwood (31) : Scott Feldman (31) Kevin Millwood (198) Kevin Millwood (123) Scott Feldman (17) Frank Francisco (25)

Batting

Batting Average Home Runs RBI Run OPS
Michael Young (.322) Nelson Cruz (33) Marlon Byrd (89) Ian Kinsler (101) Michael Young (.892)

Notable Events

·Ian Kinsler hits for the cycle and goes 6-6 against Baltimore April 15th Becomes first major leaguer to ever hit for the cycle and go 6-6 in 9 innings

·Andruw Jones 3 home run game against the Angels on July 8th

·Ian Kinsler joins the 30/30 club after hitting his 30th home run against Tampa on September 25th

·Elvis Andrus finishes 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting

Roster

2009 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Season standings

  
AL West
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 97 65 .599 49–32 48–33
Texas Rangers 87 75 .537 10 48–33 39–42
Seattle Mariners 85 77 .525 12 48–33 37–44
Oakland Athletics 75 87 .463 22 40–41 35–46

Record vs. opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11

Through October 5, 2009

Game log

2009 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

RANGERS HITTING STATISTICS

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games Played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In; AVG = Batting Average;

Pos Player G AB R H HR RBI AVG
SS Andrus, ElvisElvis Andrus 105 337 51 91 5 23 .270
DH Blalock, HankHank Blalock 103 396 53 95 23 57 .240
OF Boggs, BrandonBrandon Boggs 9 17 0 1 0 0 .059
CF Byrd, MarlonMarlon Byrd 111 376 45 107 12 56 .285
RF Cruz, NelsonNelson Cruz 95 350 56 92 25 58 .269
1B Davis, ChrisChris Davis 77 258 31 52 15 33 .202
CF Golson, GregGreg Golson 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000
CF Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton 64 234 30 55 8 33 .235
C Rodríguez, IvánIván Rodríguez 94 391 42 85 8 35 .257
DH Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones 66 228 38 47 17 37 .229
2B Kinsler, IanIan Kinsler 96 396 71 96 23 63 .242
LF Murphy, DavidDavid Murphy 76 232 30 63 8 27 .272
C Saltalamacchia, JarrodJarrod Saltalamacchia 76 265 33 64 8 32 .242
C Teagarden, TaylorTaylor Teagarden 29 96 8 19 2 15 .198
IF Vizquel, OmarOmar Vizquel 37 100 13 29 0 8 .290
3B Young, MichaelMichael Young 99 400 58 130 16 47 .325

Stats updated through August 2.

Pitching

RANGERS PITCHING STATISTICS

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned Run Average; H = Hits Allowed; BB = Walks Allowed; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA H BB SO
Benson, KrisKris Benson 8 22.1 1 1 0 8.46 33 12 11
Eyre, WillieWillie Eyre 3 7.1 0 0 0 4.91 8 3 2
Feldman, ScottScott Feldman 22 119.2 10 4 0 3.91 107 38 58
Francisco, FrankFrank Francisco 29 28.2 2 1 15 2.20 18 8 34
Grilli, JasonJason Grilli 39 37.0 1 2 1 3.89 38 20 35
Guardado, EddieEddie Guardado 23 17.0 0 1 0 5.82 21 6 8
Harrison, MattMatt Harrison 9 54.2 4 4 0 5.43 68 16 29
Holland, DerekDerek Holland 13 36.2 1 4 0 6.63 46 14 26
Hunter, TommyTommy Hunter 1 5.1 0 0 0 5.06 7 3 1
Jennings, JasonJason Jennings 20 33.0 2 1 0 3.00 31 15 18
Madrigal, WarnerWarner Madrigal 8 8.0 0 0 0 10.12 8 9 4
Mathis, DougDoug Mathis 3 7.0 0 1 0 5.14 7 5 2
McCarthy, BrandonBrandon McCarthy 11 64.0 5 2 0 4.92 66 26 44
Mendoza, LuisLuis Mendoza 1 1.0 0 0 0 36.00 2 1 0
Millwood, KevinKevin Millwood 14 99.2 7 4 0 2.62 89 30 55
Moscoso, GuillermoGuillermo Moscoso 3 4.0 0 0 0 4.50 6 1 3
O'Day, DarrenDarren O'Day 21 19.0 2 0 1 0.95 21 6 18
Padilla, VicenteVicente Padilla 11 65.1 5 3 0 4.82 65 31 33
Rupe, JoshJosh Rupe 4 4.2 0 0 0 15.43 12 5 2
Wilson, C. J.C. J. Wilson 28 26.0 3 3 6 3.12 24 14 19

Stats updated through June 16.

Scoring by inning

Stats updated through June 17.

INNING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 TOTAL
RANGERS 40 33 40 43 42 34 29 31 17 10 2 321
OPPONENTS 21 36 22 45 36 52 38 24 16 5 2 297

Game log summary

Stats updated through June 17.

Comeback Wins: 15, Largest Comeback: 4 runs

Blown Leads: 10, Largest Blown Lead: 4 runs

Walk-off Wins: 4

Walk-off Losses: 1

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