ARLINGTON, TX — It’s been a season worth forgetting for the Texas Rangers.
Along the way, they lost their manager Ron Washington. The injury bug’s been relentless, striking several key players, including pitching aces Yu Darvish and Derrick Holland.
As a result, the Rangers, which once had dreams of still winning a World Series, are now reduced to a cellar dweller in the American League standings.
So far, they have racked up 93 losses this year and are 32-and-a-half games back of the division leading L.A. Angels.
There is a bright side to being this terrible. Besides playing for pride, the team is going after something more coveted among last place squads — a top pick in next year’s MLB draft.
But, the bad news is the Rangers are not the worst team in all of baseball. The dubious honor belongs to the Arizona Diamondbacks, which have a strangle hold on the number one pick.
As the season mercifully comes to a close this Sunday, the best finish the Rangers can hope for is the third selection. Their win Thursday night against Oakland secured their place near the top of the draft, but they still have to keep losing or risk slipping behind Minnesota.
So, come on, guys! We have been dying for a reason to root on somebody. Why not the A’s? They’re going to help get our Rangers where they need to be.
Hopefully, next season – Arlington is a place where we can celebrate a contender once again.