As the Rangers try to win a series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles, they'll not only be trying to take a series from one of the most surprising teams in baseball, they'll be doing it against a lot of their former teammates and friends.
It starts with manager Buck Showalter, who wore out his welcome in Texas and gave way to Ron Washington, but definitely set the tone for winning ways in Texas much like he has everywhere he's been. Whether it was the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks or the Rangers, Showalter's teams have all gone to the World Series shortly after his departure. Maybe the Orioles are next in line.
There's a slew of former Rangers on the Orioles' roster, as many have started refering to them as "Rangers East" or "Triple-A Baltimore". There's starting pitcher Tommy Hunter and first baseman/DH Chris Davis, who were traded for Koji Uehara last season. There's reliever Pedro Strop, who couldn't crack the pen with the Rangers and is now one of the best relievers in baseball for the O's. He's joined by Darren O'Day, who is also having a fine season with the Orioles.
Even Omar Quintanilla is starting for the Rangers after being nothing more than a fifth infielder for the Rangers.
Could the Orioles be the next Rangers? It's possible. Right now, they're right in the thick of the wild card hunt, and they can thank several former Rangers for that.