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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news and notes on the back-to-back American League West Champion Texas Rangers

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Good morning. Either the Cubs or the Indians will win the World Series over the next week or so and the Rangers will be elevated to second place behind the loser on the list of franchises with the longest championship drought in Major League Baseball.

Regardless of who wins, the Washington/Arlington franchise will retain its dubious distinction of existing the longest without ever winning a World Series. So, I mean, it might have been over a century for Chicago but at least those fans can look up that 1908 Championship team on Baseball Reference and see that the flag still flies.

Mark Townsend and the Big League Stew crew look at the ten moments that defined the Cubs return to the Fall Classic for the first time since before probably anyone reading this was born. #1 isn't Texas trading Kyle Hendricks to Chicago for Ryan Dempster, but it probably should be. (Or maybe Houston selecting Mark Appel first overall in the 2013 draft over Kris Bryant is a bigger deal.)

Evan Grant writes that the Rangers have their best catching duo that they've had in years with Jonathan Lucroy and Robinson Chirinos slated to be behind the dish in 2017.

Lastly, ESPN ranks the Rangers as the tenth best franchise (2nd best in MLB) of all the four major American sports leagues after their run to the top of the American League this season. Suck it, Pittsburgh Penguins, Seattle Seahawks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Get on our level St. Louis Cardinals, New England Patriots, and San Francisco Giants.

Have a nice day.