MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 14: Koji Uehara of the Boston Red Sox with Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field on July 14, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Quality over quantity?
If the Texas Rangers are to have a major impact on tonight’s All-Star Game at Minneapolis’ Target Field, they’ll have to do it with their smallest representation in seven years. Pitcher Yu Darvish and third baseman Adrian Beltre will likely see action for the American League, and they realize the bar is set pretty high.
Last year in New York Nelson Cruz drew a walk and then-closer Joe Nathan got the save in the AL’s 3-0 victory.
But through the years the Rangers – despite lackluster teams – have managed to positively impact baseball’s mid-summer classic.
1989 – At the age of 42, Nolan Ryan struck out three in two scoreless innings and got the win.
1992 – Kevin Brown, still the only Ranger pitcher to start an All-Star Game, breezed through a 1-2-3 1st inning and got the win.
1998 – Pudge Rodriguez set a Rangers’ All-Star record with three hits in the AL’s 13-8 win.
2003 – Hank Blalock hit the game-winning homer in the 8th inning.
2006 – Michael Young’s two-out, two-run triple in the 9th rallied the AL for a 3-2 win, earning him MVP honors to join Julio Franco (’90) and Alfonso Soriano (’04) as Rangers’ All-Star MVPs.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.