ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s a sweltering July night in 1987. A 21-year-old Puerto Rican is in the on deck circle when his name is called by announcer Chuck Morgan over the old Arlington Stadium speakers in left-center field. “Now batting for your Texas Rangers, outfielder Ruben Sieeeeerrra.”
The crowd cheers as their new favorite star comes to the plate, as he will a then team record 643 times that season. He quickly becomes a favorite of kids across North Texas, even getting his own plastic figurine the next year.
But it wasn’t just about toys and at-bats, Sierra was one of the best players in baseball during his first stint with the Rangers. He finished second in AL MVP voting to Robin Yount in 1989, but did pick up the Sporting News AL Player of the Year award that season.
The 3-time All Star also still holds the team record for most triples in a season, and while he did travel around baseball after leaving the Rangers in the Jose Canseco trade, he did get MLB’s Comeback Player of the Year award in his second stint with the team in 2001.
So for his years of being a team favorite, and his being one of the best there was in Ranger blue, you’ve named Ruben Sierra the 10th Best Ranger Ever