Texas Rangers Opening Day Starters of Years Past

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Texas Rangers Opening Day Starters of Years Past
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It's March, it's spring training and Opening Day is just a few sleeps away, so teams are naming their Opening Day starters.

For some teams there is no need to announce who will start Opening Day, such as the Yankees, as CC Sabathia will get the responsibility of the first start for the Yankees.

Some teams have an open competition in spring training, with no real sure-fire candidate to get the nod.

Still other teams assign the role around the time pitchers and catchers report, like the Rangers did with C.J. Wilson.

The Opening Day start is typically awarded to the pitcher with the best season in the previous season or the pitcher with the most skins on the wall.

For the Rangers in years past, to be named the Opening Day starter was usually a rather dubious honor because he would be matched up against a far superior opponent on the mound and was only given the ball on Opening Day for the lack of better options. This chasm of talent on the mound has closed greatly in the previous year or so for the Rangers.

With the naming of C.J. as the Opening Day starter, it got me thinking of who the previous starters were in years past. Was the Opening Day starter the "ace" at the end of the season too, or was someone else more deserving of that title?

That is what I'm chronicling for you here, but with a twist. I'm going to give you the previous five Opening Day starters, how they fared throughout the season, how the Rangers did that season and who was actually the "ace" of the staff in that given year.

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