When the Texas Rangers were going to consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011, and coming a strike away twice from winning it all in 2011, the biggest thing about the club people in baseball talked about was the incredible team chemistry the Rangers had and what a great clubhouse they had. Of course, some of that has to do with success, but there is something to be said for clubhouse chemistry.
One of the team's perceived leaders, shortstop Elvis Andrus, said that wasn't exactly the case the past two seasons, when the Rangers lost in the AL Wild Card Game in 2012 and lost in a one-game Wild Card tiebreaker in 2013.
Names like Mike Napoli, Michael Young and others who were a part of the team's fiber were gone, and Andrus said it was noticeable.
“I think last year, the last couple of years, we kind of lost track of that a little bit, so that’s our main focus this year, is to stay together," Andrus told Ben and Skin on 105.3 The Fan. "One thing that I always say and that I love to keep saying is that you either win as a team or lose as a team. It’s nobody’s fault. That’s the way we have to be from day one at spring training.”