It’s been 44 years since the Rangers arrived in Arlington. In that time, a number of great players at every position have donned the red, white and blue uniform. At shortstop, the top of the list contains two of the best Rangers ever, although one’s time in Arlington was rife in controversy. Here’s a look at the top five shortstops in Rangers franchise history.

1. Michael Young jersey cheap (2000 2012): Mr. Ranger. Young jersey cheap made seven All Star teams and won one gold glove while with Texas. He is the franchise leader in games played (1,823), runs (1,085), hits (2,230), doubles (415) and triples (55), and most of his closest competitors in those categories aren’t close.

2. Alex jersey cheap Rodriguez jersey cheap (2001 2003): Before the Yankees, before winning the 2009 World Series, before the steroid allegations and conviction, Alex jersey cheap Rodriguez jersey cheap put together one of the most dominant three year stretches in MLB history when he Chinese Wholesale Jerseys
was with the Rangers. In three years, Rodriguez posted a .305/.395/.615 line with 156 home runs and 395 RBIs. He played in all but one game over the three years, won three Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves and one MVP award while finishing second in MVP voting another time.

3. Toby Harrah (1972 1978, 1985 1986): Harrah had played for the Washington Senators for two years before they relocated to Arlington and became in the Rangers. In the Rangers’ first year in Arlington, Harrah became an All Star, his first of three nominations while he was with the Rangers. A tough out, Harrah ranks second in Rangers franchise history in walks.

4. Elvis Andrus jersey cheap (2009 present): Andrus, for the most part, has been disappointing in relation to the $120 million contract extension he signed that kicked in in 2015. Before then, he posted four solid years, making two All Star teams and finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting as a 20 year old. For his career, Andrus has posted a .270/.331/.347 line.

5. Royce Clayton (1998 2000): The Rangers acquired Clayton from the Cardinals in the middle of the 1998 season for Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. It turned out to be one of the better trades the Rangers made as Clayton provided instant power for a team in the midst of a playoff race. Texas made the playoffs that year, losing in the ALDS. Clayton spent just two and a half seasons with the Rangers but he posted a .267/.324/.418 line in that time.

Show on KRLD FM 105.3 The Fan to talk about the Rangers season so far. Here are some highlights:

How Nomar Mazara jersey cheap is adjusting to big league pitching as he sticks in the big leagues:

Grieve: It looks to me like when a Young jersey cheap player comes up to the big leagues, the first thing he has to establish is that he can hit the fastball. And I think pitchers will try to find that out early and I guess they probably did with Mazara. There’s no doubt that he can hit the fastball. Recently I’ve seen them throw very typical, a lot of offspeed pitches, slow pitches down and out of the strike zone to see if they can get him to chase them. And then throw him up and in with good, hard fastballs. That’s not a formula that is particularly unique for Mazara. That’s pretty much the way pitchers attack hitters anyway.

The good thing with him is he uses the whole field, as they have said many times he’s not afraid to hit with two strikes. The times he has looked bad on a right handed breaking ball down and in and out of the strike zone, everybody does that. Even experienced hitters do that in a course of a game. You have to remember this kid has barely played in Triple A and he’s seeing the best pitchers in the world for the first time. He knows what they have got but he hasn’t seen it. And the adjustments he has made after only 125 at bats have been pretty good.

On Prince Fielder jersey cheap’s struggles and how he can turn it around:

Grieve: Who knows why a player is struggling? I couldn’t tell you. Maybe to a certain degree he has expanded his strike zone a little bit. Maybe he’s a little over anxious to get hot and get out of his slump. That’s caused him Wholesale Jerseys
to swing at some pitches he might not normally swing at. It could be something a little bit mechanical, he’s not seeing the ball, things that contribute to slow starts. But I think a reasonable expectation is something that resembles what we saw last year. Now I’m not saying he’s going to end up hitting .300 after this start, but to swing the bat the way he did most of the season last year. It doesn’t appear that he’s going to be kind of hitter to hit 55 home runs again like he did 10 years ago, but if he is the kind of player and swings the bat he did all season last year, then I think you’d be very happy with that. Based on how hard he works, his attitude, I don’t see any reason why he can’t get back to the player that he was last year. I think that’s a very reasonable expectation.

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2. Early baseball lifeAfter going undrafted out of Thomas Jefferson High School (Wash.), he pitched for Arizona State after transferring there in 2005. He worked an inning of scoreless relief for the Sun Devils in the 2005 College World Series vs. Florida.

3. His favorite team growing up was a Rangers rivalAccording to Barnette’s Arizona State player profile, his favorite team was the Seattle Mariners jersey cheap. That makes sense given that Alaska doesn’t have a professional baseball team.

4. Getting draftedBarnette was drafted in the tenth round (297th overall) to the Arizona Diamondbacks jersey cheap in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. That was one selection before former Ranger Craig Gentry jersey cheap, who was drafted by Texas at pick No. 298.

5. Leaving the StatesHe played in the Diamondbacks organization through 2009, and decided to take his talent to Japan, signing with the Yakult Swallows for 50 million (roughly $414,350), plus incentives as a starting pitcher.

6. Thank you Mizuno brand baseballsIn 2011, after a new, standardized Mizuno baseball was introduced in Japan, the sport saw a league wide drop in offensive production. Barnette posted a 2.68 ERA in 47 innings with 54 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Barnette saved a career high 41 games and posted a 1.29 ERA, leading to his request to be posted for the 2016 season by the Swallows.

“Though born and raised in the United States, Barnette has incorporated traditional elements of Japanese baseball into his pitching windup. Most notably, he incorporates the slight hesitation in his delivery that is common among Japanese pitchers. He otherwise throws from a high three quarters angle, using his trunk well and leaving himself in good fielding position.

Detailed pitch information is unfortunately slightly out of date, but at Cheap MLB Jerseys
his best, Barnette threw a low 90s fastball that he could cut and sink, as well as a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. The development of his cutter and sinker had a profound impact on his skill set after he began experimenting with the pitches in 2011 and fully utilized them in his pitching arsenal in 2012, coinciding with his development into a premium closer.”

Rangers insider Evan Grant takes a look at five Rangers related stories to monitor during MLB’s Winter Meetings, which begin Monday at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The meetings conclude Thursday morning with the Rule 5 draft:

Pittsburgh talks: If there is a Most Desired Ranger on the market, it is first baseman Mitch Moreland jersey cheap, with Pittsburgh as the most aggressive suitor. The Pirates nontendered Pedro jersey cheap Alvarez jersey cheap last week, leaving an opening for a left handed hitting first baseman. Trading Moreland to Pittsburgh would create financial resources to re sign Mike Napoli jersey cheap, which would then also better balance the lineup. The question is whether there is a realistic trade fit with the Pirates, or if the clubs might have to involve a third team in talks.

Milwaukee talks: The Rangers tried to engage Milwaukee in conversation about catcher Jonathan Lucroy jersey cheap last July, but then GM Doug Melvin wasn’t inclined to move him. Now, with new GM David Stearns in full scale rebuilding mode, the Brewers may be more willing to talk. The issue: Since this would be Stearns’ first big deal, he’s also likely to seek to “win” the trade, and the Rangers aren’t in a position to overpay.

Catching depth: In the likely event there isn’t a match with Milwaukee on Lucroy, the Rangers still need a capable catching option because otherwise, the club would be relying Wholesale Jerseys
on both Robinson Chirinos jersey cheap and Chris Gimenez jersey cheap to surpass their previous highs for playing time in 2016. The thin free agent market has already been thinned out further with a flurry of signings. Division rival Seattle, with whom the Rangers have already made one trade this winter, suddenly finds itself with extra catching. Mike Zunino jersey cheap might be worth a discussion or three.

Outfield depth: At this point, Ryan Rua jersey cheap, with 195 career major league plate appearances, and Patrick Kivlehan jersey cheap, with none, are the right handed hitting outfield depth for Josh Hamilton jersey cheap. The Rangers need more experience there. Rajai Davis jersey cheap has speed and can play center field, too. Steve Pearce jersey cheap and Jonny Gomes jersey cheap have power.

Will anybody take a big salary? The Rangers could still become active on the elite free agent market, but only if somebody offers to take a major salary off their hands. The Rangers would certainly listen on Prince Fielder jersey cheap, Elvis Andrus jersey cheap or Shin Soo Choo. Big question: Will anybody call? Bigger question: Would any of those callers be willing to take on the majority of those contracts?DANIELS ON PODCAST

Texas Rangers jersey cheap general manager Jon Daniels recently joined Evan Grant, Barry Horn and Kevin Sherrington on the Upon Further Review podcast to talk all things baseball, with an emphasis on the upcoming winter meetings.