5 Things That Went Wrong For Texas Rangers In 2014

5 Things That Went Wrong For Texas Rangers In 2014

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The Texas Rangers have endured a disastrous season that has transformed one of the winningest MLB franchises in recent years into one of the worst teams in all of baseball. Here are the five biggest reasons why the Rangers are in danger of becoming just the third team in the history of the majors to lose 100 games one season after winning at least 90 games.

5. Leonys Martin's Slow Development

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5. Leonys Martin's Slow Development

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It has become painfully obvious that the Rangers should have let Martin gain more seasoning in the minors after signing the Cuban in 2011 and having him make his MLB debut later that year. Martin has regressed this season in all phases of the game and his confidence has also taken a major hit.

4. Derek Holland's Dog

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4. Derek Holland's Dog

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Holland suffered a knee injury in early January after his dog, Wrigley, tripped him while he was running up some stairs at home. MRIs tested positive that he had torn cartilage in his left knee, and Holland underwent arthroscopic microfracture surgery to repair the cartilage damage.

3. Letting Nelson Cruz Walk

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3. Letting Nelson Cruz Walk

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For just $ 8 million the Rangers could have re-signed "Nellie" and avoided being one of the worst teams in the majors. Cruz played in his third MLB All-Star Game this season and has hit 32 home runs while tallying 84 RBIs in 122 games.

2. Lack Of Pitching Depth

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2. Lack Of Pitching Depth

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Texas entered the 2014 campaign with a starting rotation filled with major question marks, and once Matt Harrison, Derek Holland and Martin Perez were lost to injury, the franchise had no MLB-ready premium arms at the upper levels of the minor league system.

1. Prince Fielder's Neck

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1. Prince Fielder's Neck

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Fielder underwent surgery in May to repair a herniated disc in his neck that had caused him chronic pain and weakness in his left arm. The injury also ended his league-leading streak of 547 consecutive games started.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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