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For the first 23 years of the Texas Rangers' existence, both in Washington and Arlington, they were not a very good ball club, posting only six winning seasons during that span and never making the playoffs.
In 1973, the Rangers selected catcher Jim Sundberg with the second overall pick in the MLB Draft, and he made his debut with the Rangers the following year.
For 10 seasons, Sundberg was the everyday catcher, garnering six consecutive Gold Glove awards between 1976 and 1981.
In 1983, following another losing season in which the Rangers went 77-85, the Rangers traded Sundberg to the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Ned Yost and a minor leaguer.
The trade was perplexing on many levels. Sunberg's popularity in Texas was sky-high, and he was traded for a catcher who was a backup in Milwaukee.
The results of that ill-advised trade speak for themselves—Yost would hit a measly .182 in just 80 games for the Rangers, even going on the disabled list for what was called at the time "excessive eyelid tension."
Meanwhile, Sundberg would only spend one year in Milwaukee before moving on to the Kansas City Royals, where he backstopped a stellar pitching staff and won his first World Series championship.
Without question, one of the worst trades in Rangers' history. They would go on to lose 92 games in 1984 and another 99 games the following year as well.