Rangers emerge from the turbulence

Finally legitimized as AL champs, Texas opens '11 following an uncommon offseason

Originally Published: April 1, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Legitimacy has to be earned, the Texas Rangers now know. It cannot be bought. Former Rangers owner Tom Hicks tried a decade earlier when he signed Alex Rodriguez to what would become an infamous 10-year, $252 million contract for a team that never escaped last place. The Rodriguez deal, with its star power and luxury suite potential, was supposed to be the springboard that transformed a franchise from the mediocre to the elite.

Last winter, a new delegation of Rangers owners ...

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