Texas Rangers are a professional baseball team in Texas, representing the Dallas-Ft.Worth metropolitan area. The Rangers are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1994 to the present, the Rangers have played in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, located in Arlington, Texas. The "Rangers" name originates from the famous law enforcement agency by the same name. An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1961 and was called the Washington Senators (not to be confused with the Washington Senators team that exited D.C. after 1960 to become the Minnesota Twins). The team then moved to Arlington in 1972 and became the Rangers. Texas Rangers are one of three Major League franchises to have never played in a World Series, along with the Seattle Mariners (established in 1977) and the Washington Nationals (established in 1969 as the Montreal Expos).
About Texas Rangers
Texas Rangers (when combined with their predecessor the Senators) hold several distinctions for playoff futility:
- They are one of only three current MLB franchises which have yet to appear in the World Series (the others are the Seattle Mariners and the Washington Nationals), and the oldest active MLB franchise yet to appear.
- They are the oldest franchise in all the four major American pro sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL) to have never appeared in the league’s championship, as well as the only Dallas-Fort Worth area team yet to do so.
- They are the only current MLB franchise which has yet to win a playoff series.
- In their history the Rangers have won only one playoff game, on the road at Yankee Stadium in the franchise’s first playoff game; they have never won a home playoff game.
Through the 2009 season, Texas Rangers have won 3,657 games and lost 4,134 over their history, equating to a .469 lifetime average winning percentage. The team is 1–9 in individual playoff games, and 0-3 overall for postseason series.
Texas Rangers’ 2010 season will be the 50th season in franchise history. Texas Rangers will be competing to win the AL West for the first time since 1999.