Winners. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The website Plunk Everyone has an interesting post up, in which they take a look at the top 10 position players for each team, in team history, in terms of winning percentage of the team in games that player started (minimum 500 games).
The eras of the players on the Rangers' list isn't too surprising -- a couple of players from the late-70s teams, a couple of current players, and six guys from the 90s.
What was surprising to me, though, was a particularly weird coincidence...the top four players on the Rangers' top 10 list are all second basemen: Bump Wills, Mark McLemore, Ian Kinsler, and Julio Franco.
I've been trying to figure out if there is some sort of reason for this, some hidden explanation, and I can't think of one. It appears to just be a fluke. Weird, though.
Check out the whole list. Oh, and if you're wondering why Josh Hamilton isn't on there, he's played 499 games as a Ranger, starting 489 of them. The Rangers' record in those games is 275-214, a .562 winning percentage, so once he has 11 more starts under his belt, he'll top this list.
UPDATE -- For those who are interested, the Rangers' record with Kinsler starting from 2008-11 (when Hamilton has been with the team) is 289-230, a .546 winning percentage, and with Young, it is 330-275, a .545 winning percentage. So before we start jumping on the "Hamilton makes the whole team better" bandwagon, its worth noting that Hamilton's high winning percentage is primarily a product of him being here during the team's best stretch in its history, rather than the team winning when he's in the lineup and losing when he's not.