3 Greatest Infielders in Rangers History

Tristan Jung
The Texas Rangers retired Adrian Beltre's number in 2019.
The Texas Rangers retired Adrian Beltre's number in 2019. / Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

After being instituted as an expansion team in 1961, the Texas Rangers franchise has gone through two cities and, inexplicably, five different ballparks. Throughout this time, the Rangers have had a number of great players to celebrate.

With baseball still a long way off in 2020, here's a look at the three greatest infielders in Rangers history.

3. Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler was one of the best Rangers draft picks ever. After being taken in the 17th round in 2003, Kinsler developed into a perennial All-Star at second base. Kinsler's solid defense and power hitting for the Rangers were a key part of their success during the early 2010s before he left for the Detroit Tigers after the 2013 season.

2. Rafael Palmeiro

Across two stints in Texas, Rafael Palmeiro established himself as one of baseball's great sluggers. He hit 321 of his 569 career home runs in Texas. Over those 10 seasons with the Rangers, he posted an excellent 137 OPS+. Unfortunately, accusations of PED use have since marred Palmeiro's reputation.

1. Adrian Beltre

Like a fine wine, the baseball world only appreciated Adrian Beltre as he got older. Those years as a venerable elder statesman took place in Texas, where he spent eight fun and productive seasons. A defensive wizard an all-around great hitter, Beltre made three All-Star teams in Texas and finished third in MVP voting in 2012. Even in his older years, he still had a solid 128 OPS+ in Texas. Beltre was beloved by teammates, commentators, and fans. His number was retired by Texas less than a year after he finished playing.

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