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2002 Texas Rangers season

The Texas Rangers 2002 season involved the Rangers finishing 4th in the American League west with a record of 72 wins and 90 losses.

Preseason

  • October 29, 2001: Edinson Volquez was signed by the Rangers as an amateur free agent.[1]
  • November 26, 2001: Todd Van Poppel was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[2]
  • December 13, 2001: John Vander Wal was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the New York Yankees for Jay Witasick.[3]
  • December 18, 2001: Dave Elder was traded by the Rangers to the Cleveland Indians for John Rocker.[4]
  • January 8, 2002: Juan González was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[5]
  • February 28, 2002: Tony Mounce was signed as a free agent by the Rangers.[6]
  • March 19, 2002: Justin Duchscherer was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Oakland Athletics for Luis Vizcaino.[7]

Regular season

Opening Day Starters

Season Summary

  • Alex Rodriguez had a major league-best 57 HR, 142 RBI and 389 total bases in 2002, becoming the first player to lead the majors in all three categories since 1984. He had the 6th-most home runs in AL history, the most since Roger Maris' league record 61 in 1961, and the most ever for a shortstop for the 2nd straight year while also winning his first Gold Glove Award, awarded for outstanding defense.
  • The 109 home runs hit by Alex Rodriguez in 2001–02 are the most ever by an American League right-handed batter in consecutive seasons. However, the Rangers finished last in the AL Western division in both years, a showing that likely cost Rodriguez the MVP award in 2002 when he finished second to fellow shortstop Miguel Tejada, whose 103-win Oakland A's won the same division.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 103 59 .636 --
Anaheim Angels 99 63 .611 4
Seattle Mariners 93 69 .574 10
Texas Rangers 72 90 .444 31

Transactions

Roster

2002 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Iván Rodríguez 108 408 128 .314 19 60
1B Rafael Palmeiro 155 546 149 .273 43 105
2B Michael Young 156 573 150 .262 9 62
3B Herbert Perry 132 450 124 .276 22 77
SS Alex Rodriguez 162 624 187 .300 57 142
LF Kevin Mench 110 366 95 .260 15 60
CF Rubén Rivera 69 158 33 .209 4 14
RF Juan González 70 277 78 .282 8 35
DH Rusty Greer 51 199 59 .296 1 17

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Carl Everett 105 374 100 .267 16 62
Travis Hafner 23 62 15 .242 1 6

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma RedHawks Pacific Coast League Bobby Jones
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Tim Ireland
A Charlotte Rangers Florida State League Darryl Kennedy
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Paul Carey
Rookie Pulaski Rangers Appalachian League Pedro López
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Carlos Subero

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Charlotte

References

  • 2002 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2002 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com


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