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Rangers becoming one of MLB's most diverse teams

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09:41 AM ET 01.04 | A movement that was really started by former general manager Tom Grieve and scouting director Sandy Johnson in the mid-1980s and lost steam at the turn of the millennium could reach a new level for the Rangers on Opening Day 2014 after the free-agent signing of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Assuming that Yu Darvish -- second in American League Cy Young Award voting last season -- is the starting pitcher, the Rangers' Opening Day lineup could have players representing eight World Baseball Classic countries. In addition, the Rangers' lineup could have just three players born in the United States. That includes right fielder Alex Rios, who was born in Alabama but grew up in Puerto Rico and plays for them in the Classic. The other two USA-born players are first baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Mitch Moreland. The 2014 Opening Day lineup projects to include catcher Geovany Soto (Puerto Rico), second baseman Jurickson Profar (Curacao), shortstop Elvis Andrus (Venezuela), third baseman Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic), center fielder Leonys Martin (Cuba), Darvish (Japan) and Choo (South Korea) in left. That would represent a massive change from Jon Daniels' first year as general manager in 2006. The Rangers' lineup on Opening Day that year consisted of 10 players born in the United States, none of whom were African-American.

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January 4, 2014  11:01 AM ET

Is it a suprise there is nobody born in Mexico in Teaxas' roster?

January 4, 2014  11:14 AM ET
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Is it a suprise there is nobody born in Mexico in Teaxas' roster?

But their grounds crew is full of them.

January 4, 2014  12:04 PM ET

there is always a first timer!!

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January 4, 2014  03:25 PM ET

Keeps the dugout chatter at a minimal...

 
January 4, 2014  06:56 PM ET

If I am a Ranger fan and the team fails again in 14 to make the playoffs with their high play roll and all of the free agents on the team with little home grown talent on the roster, what do we do next to fix the problem or start over and rebuild?

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