1978 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Bradford G. Corbett
General manager(s)Dan O'Brien Sr. / Eddie Robinson
Manager(s)Billy Hunter, Pat Corrales
Local televisionKXAS-TV
(Jon Miller, Frank Glieber)
Local radioWBAP
(Jon Miller, Bill Merrill)
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The 1978 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 87 wins and 75 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 92 70 0.568 56–25 36–45
Texas Rangers 87 75 0.537 5 52–30 35–45
California Angels 87 75 0.537 5 50–31 37–44
Minnesota Twins 73 89 0.451 19 38–43 35–46
Chicago White Sox 71 90 0.441 20½ 38–42 33–48
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 23 38–42 31–51
Seattle Mariners 56 104 0.350 35 32–49 24–55

Record vs. opponents


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Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 7–8 4–6 8–1 9–6 7–8 2–8 7–8 5–5 6–9 11–0 9–1 7–4 8–7
Boston 8–7 9–2 7–3 7–8 12–3 4–6 10–5 9–2 7–9 5–5 7–3 3–7 11–4
California 6–4 2–9 8–7 6–4 4–7 9–6 5–5 12–3 5–5 9–6 9–6 5–10 7–3
Chicago 1–8 3–7 7–8 8–2 2–9 8–7 4–7 8–7 1–9 7–8 7–8 11–4 4–6
Cleveland 6–9 8–7 4–6 2–8 5–10 5–6 5–10 5–5 6–9 4–6 8–1 1–9 10–4
Detroit 8–7 3–12 7–4 9–2 10–5 4–6 7–8 4–6 4–11 6–4 8–2 7–3 9–6
Kansas City 8–2 6–4 6–9 7–8 6–5 6–4 6–4 7–8 6–5 10–5 12–3 7–8 5–5
Milwaukee 8–7 5–10 5–5 7–4 10–5 8–7 4–6 4–7 10–5 9–1 5–5 6–4 12–3
Minnesota 5–5 2–9 3–12 7–8 5–5 6–4 8–7 7–4 3–7 9–6 6–9 6–9 6–4
New York 9–6 9–7 5–5 9–1 9–6 11–4 5–6 5–10 7–3 8–2 6–5 6–4 11–4
Oakland 0–11 5–5 6–9 8–7 6–4 4–6 5–10 1–9 6–9 2–8 13–2 6–9 7–4
Seattle 1–9 3–7 6–9 8–7 1–8 2–8 3–12 5–5 9–6 5–6 2–13 3–12 8–2
Texas 4–7 7–3 10–5 4–11 9–1 3–7 8–7 4–6 9–6 4–6 9–6 12–3 4–7
Toronto 7–8 4–11 3–7 6–4 4–10 6–9 5–5 3–12 4–6 4–11 4–7 2–8 7–4


Notable transactions

Roster

1978 Texas Rangers roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Jim Sundberg 149 518 144 .278 6 58
1B Mike Hargrove 146 494 124 .251 7 40
2B Bump Wills 157 539 135 .250 9 57
SS Bert Campaneris 98 269 50 .186 1 17
3B Toby Harrah 139 450 103 .229 12 59
LF Al Oliver 133 525 170 .324 14 89
CF Juan Beníquez 127 473 123 .260 11 50
RF Bobby Bonds 130 475 126 .265 29 82
DH Richie Zisk 140 511 134 .262 22 85

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Kurt Bevacqua 90 248 55 .222 6 30
John Lowenstein 77 176 39 .222 5 21
Bobby Thompson 64 120 27 .225 2 12
Jim Mason 55 105 20 .190 0 3
Mike Jorgensen 96 97 19 .196 1 9
John Ellis 34 94 23 .245 3 17
Gary Gray 17 50 12 .240 2 6
Pat Putnam 20 46 7 .152 1 2
Claudell Washington 12 42 7 .167 0 2
Nelson Norman 23 34 9 .265 0 1
Johnny Grubb 12 33 13 .394 1 6
Sandy Alomar Sr. 24 29 6 .207 0 1
Billy Sample 8 15 7 .467 0 3
La Rue Washington 3 3 0 .000 0 0
Greg Mahlberg 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jon Matlack 35 270.0 15 13 2.27 157
Ferguson Jenkins 34 249.0 18 8 3.04 157
Doyle Alexander 31 191.0 9 10 3.86 81
Doc Medich 28 171.0 9 8 3.74 71
Doc Ellis 22 141.1 9 7 4.20 45

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Comer 30 117.1 11 5 2.30 65
Jim Umbarger 32 97.2 5 8 4.88 60
Paul Mirabella 10 28.0 3 2 5.79 23
Roger Moret 7 14.2 0 1 4.91 5
Danny Darwin 3 8.2 1 0 4.15 8

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Reggie Cleveland 53 5 7 12 3.09 46
Len Barker 29 1 5 4 4.82 33
Paul Lindblad 18 1 1 2 3.63 25

Awards and honors

All-Stars

All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Rich Donnelly
AA Tulsa Drillers Texas League Marty Martínez
A Asheville Tourists Western Carolinas League Wayne Terwilliger
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Joe Klein

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL Rangers

Notes

References