A Merciful End: Rangers End Season with Loss to A’s

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ARLINGTON -- The long and storied Rangers season rounded its final base on Sunday. A season that started with a lot of hope and promise,  was instead marred with injuries and an unexpected resignation from manager Ron Washington.

2014 turned into the franchise`s worst season since 1985. Yet , the faithful and the diehards who were spolied with the memory of two consecutive pennants, filed into Globe Life Park for the last and final inning.

You can`t fault folks for blaming injuries on the team's collapse; Prince Fielder, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, among a slew of others all landed on the injured list.

Yeah, this season was one for the record books: the total number of days lost for injured players was the highest ever in baseball history.

Adding insult to injury -- Wash's admission of infidelity,  which lead to his sudden departure. But hey, every cloud has a silver lining. The Rangers have surged under interim manager Tim Bogar, putting together an impressive late season winning streak, and avoiding the league`s worst record and a dreaded 100-loss season.

Who`s to say a healthy lineup with a chip on its shoulder won`t have this team right back on top of the mound next season? Well, you know the saying...there's always next year.