ARLINGTON, TX -- With the Texas Rangers celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2012, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the top players in the club’s history.
The Rangers today announced the ballot to select the 40th Anniversary All-Time Team. Voting begins on Tuesday at texasrangers.com/alltimeteam and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 31.
The Texas Rangers 40th Anniversary All-Time team will be announced in June and its members will be honored on the club’s annual Alumni Weekend, August 10-12. That will include the Rangers 40th Anniversary Weekend Luncheon on Friday, August 10 at the Arlington Convention Center. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at texasrangers.com or by calling 817-436-5933. Net proceeds benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. The team will also be recognized in an on-field ceremony prior to the Saturday, August 11 game with the Detroit Tigers.
Fans will be asked to vote for one player at each position except outfield (3) and starting and relief pitchers (2 each). All individuals who submit completely filled-out ballots on-line will be automatically entered to win a chance at two tickets to the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers 40th Anniversary Weekend Luncheon. A total of five winners will be selected.
The nominees for the 40th Anniversary All-Time Team Ballot are listed below. The ballot was compiled by taking the club’s all-time leaders by games played at each position. The lists of pitchers were compiled by using the Rangers’ all-time leaders for wins, starts, appearances, and saves. As a result, select players may be listed at more than one position.
Rangers All-Time Team Ballot (Nominees are listed alphabetically)
First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop Catcher
Will Clark Julio Franco Buddy Bell Elvis Andrus Rod Barajas
Mike Hargrove Ian Kinsler Hank Blalock Scott Fletcher Gerald Laird
Pete O’Brien Mark McLemore Steve Buechele Toby Harrah Geno Petralli
Rafael Palmeiro Bump Wills Toby Harrah Alex Rodriguez Ivan Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira Michael Young Dean Palmer Michael Young Jim Sundberg
Outfielders—Vote 3 Starting Pitchers—Vote 2 Relief Pitchers—Vote 2 Designated Hitter
Juan Beniquez Kevin Brown Francisco Cordero Brian Downing
Jeff Burroughs Jose Guzman Danny Darwin Juan Gonzalez
Nelson Cruz Rick Helling Neftali Feliz Tom Grieve
Juan Gonzalez Charlie Hough Frank Francisco Rafael Palmeiro
Rusty Greer Ferguson Jenkins Tom Henke Larry Parrish
Josh Hamilton Jon Matlack Kenny Rogers
Pete Incaviglia George Medich Jeff Russell
Oddibe McDowell Kevin Millwood John Wetteland
Kevin Mench Darren Oliver Mitch Williams
David Murphy Roger Pavlik C.J. Wilson
Al Oliver Gaylord Perry
Larry Parrish Kenny Rogers
Bill Sample Nolan Ryan
Ruben Sierra Bobby Witt