2008 Texas Rangers season
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The Texas Rangers' 2008 season was the 48th year of the franchise and 37th since moving to Arlington, Texas. The organization, after finishing second in the American League Western Division in 2007. The new season would be the first under the oversight of newly hired club president and former Ranger great Nolan Ryan. Upon his hire, Ryan indicated that his role in the 2008 season would be largely observational with regard to baseball operations, and any major changes would be made following the conclusion of the regular season.
"I don't come in with any preconceived ideas of what I want to do or what needs to be done", said Ryan, who indicated that he will make two extended trips to spring training to become acquainted with players and staff. "I think it'll be a learning process for me. I'm going to try to get my arms around our organization so I'll have a better understanding of who we are and what we do and what I can do to help us be better."—Nolan Ryan, February 8, 2008 
- 1 Preseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Farm system
- 5 References
Notable Offseason Transactions
The Rangers' offseason was filled with activity as Jon Daniels moved to quickly acquire talent both on and off the field. The 2007 club roster fielded several arbitration-eligible players, whose status for 2008 remained unsure. Several of these players would sign short-term contracts with the Rangers while others would seek playing time elsewhere.
- OFs Sammy Sosa, Brad Wilkerson, and IF Jerry Hairston, Jr. signed with other clubs in the offseason.
- Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo signed a new 2-year contract with the Rangers; RHPs Frank Francisco and Joaquín Benoit also signed 1- and 2-year extensions with the club.
- RHP Warner Madrigal signed as a minor league free agent after the Los Angeles Angels failed to add him to the team's 40-man roster before free agency began.
- December 8: OF Milton Bradley signed a 1-year contract for $5 million.
- December 21: OF Josh Hamilton acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for RHP Edinson Volquez and RHP Danny Herrera.
- December 29: 1B Chris Shelton acquired from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor league OF Freddy Guzman.
- January 5: 1B Ben Broussard acquired via trade from the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Tug Hulett and signed to a 1-year contract worth $3.85 million, avoiding salary arbitration.
- January 11–18: LHP Eddie Guardado ($2 million), RHP Jason Jennings ($4m), C Gerald Laird ($6m), and OF Marlon Byrd ($1.8m) all signed 1-year contracts with the Rangers.
- January 14: RHP Kazuo Fukumori agreed to a 2-year contract worth $3 million.
- January 25: RHP Armando Galarraga designated for assignment and traded to the Tigers in exchange for minor league OF Michael Hernandez.
February and March
- February 19: 2B Ian Kinsler signed a 5-year extension for $22 million, keeping him with the Rangers through 2012.
- February 25: The Rangers agreed to terms with 7 players: OF David Murphy, 3B Travis Metcalf, RHPs Brandon McCarthy and Wes Littleton, and LHP A.J. Murray. The other two, RHPs Alexi Ogando and Omar Beltre remained on the restricted list until their legal issues were resolved prior to the 2010 season.
- February 28: General Manager Jon Daniels and Rangers President Nolan Ryan signed contracts through the 2011 season.
- March 25: OF Nelson Cruz designated for assignment, cleared waivers, and later assigned to the minor leagues.
Opening Day starters
- Gerald Laird, C
- Ben Broussard, 1B
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Hank Blalock, 3B
- Michael Young, SS
- David Murphy, LF
- Josh Hamilton, CF
- Marlon Byrd, RF
- Milton Bradley, DH
- Kevin Millwood, RHP
Record vs. Opponents
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spokane
- Jamey Newberg's The Newberg Report: Nolan Ryan returns. Newbergreport.com (February 7, 2008). Retrieved on November 5, 2010.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Star-telegram.com. Retrieved on 05-11-2010.
- "Doubles Team Records". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved May 14, 2012.