Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (2023)

PITTSBURGH - It took the 2022 Texas Rangers until July 2 to score 329 runs. The 2023 Rangers got there on May 29.

Sitting atop the American League West, the surprising Rangers are battling the Tampa Bay Rays for the most runs scored in MLB (more than 30 clear of the third-place Los Angeles Dodgers). The Rangers ranked 12th in the majors last season and 28th in 2021 before they not only signed Marcus Semien and Corey Seager but overhauled their hitting staff. With the help of some outstanding pitching, Texas now owns the best run differential in the majors at plus-128.

This year-over-year surge is happening without much turnover in the lineup; seven of Texas' nine regular position players carried over from last season. Of the 11 Rangers with the most plate appearances this season, nine are enjoying career-best performances by weighted runs created plus (wRC+). And through just the first 50 games of the season, the Rangers put up 322 runs, which is tied for the 18th-highest total since 1901.

What on earth is going on in Texas?

Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe, who brings a rare perspective, believes the answer is deceptively simple.

Lowe was the most notable Rangers breakout last season, the first year with the new hitting staff. He was also acquired from Tampa Bay, which is regarded as one of the top developmental organizations in the majors. His brother, Josh, is enjoying his own breakout with the Rays this season.

At his locker in PNC Park's visiting clubhouse last week, Nathaniel didn't hesitate to formulate an answer.

"Happy players. I'm telling you, man. When you get players happy together, I think you are going to find the best performance," he said.

Happy players want to show up, want to work, and want to share ideas, and they're fully invested in getting better, Lowe said.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (1)

It's impossible to quantify what good clubhouse vibes mean to on-field production, but first-year Rangers manager Bruce Bochy believes they do matter, and he has three World Series rings on his managerial resume.

"You want to create an environment that is going to bring out the best in the players," Bochy said. "Have them comfortable. Have them play with freedom, freedom that you need to play with to be the best that you can be. Not feeling pressure or anything. It's a culture you want to have."

How do you create an environment where players want to come to work, where they aren't afraid to fail, where they can intently focus on improvement, and where they'll maximize the available resources? It takes a few elements, and Texas has put them in place.

The right kind of veterans

The humidity of summer was creeping in last Wednesday morning at PNC Park. The Rangers and Pirates had completed the second game of their series the night earlier and faced a tight turnaround for a 12:35 p.m. start on getaway day.

That often means an off day for veteran players. But Semien was in the lineup, as he almost always is. About an hour before the first pitch, he was taking ground balls on the infield, going through each aspect of his routine.

"I always think about it as if I was an NBA player. Would I go out there and not shoot around? I think most NBA players shoot around," Semien said.

Semien and Seager are not vocal leaders. The pregame visiting clubhouse in Pittsburgh was calm, relaxed, and quiet by MLB standards. They lead by example rather than coercion.

(Video) The Texas Rangers are one of MLB's best teams through two months. Is their success sustainable?

What both players are is routine-oriented and focused, said fellow veteran Brad Miller, who's in his 11th year in the majors.

"These guys are robots," Miller said. "That's why Marcus Semien is a great leader in my eyes, because of what he does every single day. I wish you could see this guy (behind the scenes). He is a machine. For instance, I know where Marcus is at all times because he does the same thing every day. Same with Corey. I know exactly what he is doing."

Miller recites some of Semien's schedule: The first thing he does when he arrives is take his supplements and eat a well-balanced meal in the clubhouse.

"He's not eating bullshit," Miller said.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (2)

Then he goes to the indoor batting cage. He does the same muscle activation regimen every day, Miller said.

After that, Semien takes his ground balls and does "game prep," which includes going over scouting material.

"Then he has his coffee a half-hour before the game," Miller said. "And after the game, win or lose, he's going to the weight room for his postgame (routine)."

To Semien, leadership is about setting an example, not impassioned speeches. It's about consistency. He doesn't tell younger players what to do. He shows them.

"I was never that guy just blessed with talent to show up and do well," Semien said.

He entered play Tuesday, in his age-32 season, with a 136 wRC+. That's very close to his career best with Oakland in 2019 and a shade higher than 2021 with Toronto, when he finished third in American League MVP voting.

As for Seager, Miller said you'll see him carrying around a tripod every day prior to games. He records every practice swing and watches them.

Sure enough, Seager later appeared in the clubhouse toting his tripod. He carried it to the indoor batting cage with an iPhone and later sat by himself in the tunnel to the visiting dugout, watching swings on his phone with the tripod nearby.

Rangers second-year third baseman Josh Jung owns a 130 wRC+ and has already mashed 11 homers after struggling in his first 102 plate appearances last year, when he posted an 81 wRC+.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (3)

He said that watching Seager has taught him to work more efficiently.

"Seager's attention to detail is the biggest thing," Jung said. "Just the intentionality … I think that makes him who he is.

"When I get in the cage now, it's not about quantity, it's about the quality. It's about being super intentional. I've definitely taken each swing with full intent, not just going through the motions. That's really helping me."

Two winters ago, the free-agency signings of Semien and Seager were widely viewed as a first but totally insufficient step to help the Rangers catch up with the Houston Astros in the AL West. A couple of stars can only take a team so far in baseball. But the value of the right veterans' influence on the rest of the clubhouse was perhaps underestimated. The Rangers lead the Astros by three games.

"The younger guys see a guy like Marcus and go, 'OK, this guy is an All-Star, a franchise player. OK, I want to do what he does,'" Miller said. "I think leadership, in general, is actions."

(Video) Why Are The Texas Rangers Suddenly Good?


How do you create an environment where players are excited to show up and give great effort? A happy and motivated clubhouse? Having a Semien and a Seager is a good start.

But Lowe says the right coaches might be the most important element.

"I think flexibility is the best for that," Lowe said. "Because you have to have coaches that are fine working for you instead of saying, 'This is the only way to do it. Here is how we are going to do it.' We have an even mix of players: some who might want more analytics, some guys who might want more swing cues. ... The staff has done a great job of allowing us to find out what does work, and doesn't work, and get the most out of ourselves."

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (4)

The Rangers revamped their hitting staff after the 2021 season, bringing in Tim Hyers as hitting coach and adding Donnie Ecker as "offensive coordinator."

In Tampa, and in his first year in Texas, Lowe hit the ball extremely hard - but too often, he also hit it into the ground. The point of contact - that is, where the bat met the ball - was …

"Deep," Lowe interjects, knowing where the question was going.

"Contact point is the most important thing for me," he said. "If I can get the ball out in front, then I'm going to do my damage."

While Hyers does have foundational beliefs, formed from interacting with scores of quality hitting minds over the years - including in Boston, where he helped Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers develop - he believes individualized instruction is key.

Lowe appreciates that Hyers and Ecker listen more than they dictate. They hear what the players have to say first and work from there.

"We're not trying to cookie-cut swings," Hyers said.

And Lowe didn't need an overhaul.

"He has incredible hands. His body moves in a unique way," Hyers said. "How can we get his hands in flow with his body? When that's happening, he's really good."

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (5)

The biggest adjustment had nothing to do with Lowe's physical swing: It was his mindset. He was trying to hit too many pitches, cover too much of the plate, especially when ahead in the count.

Consider pitches he swung at when ahead of the count in 2021 versus since the start of 2022.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (6)

Where he swings now is more concentrated, more focused, in comparison to 2021.

"I think there were definitely periods where I was trying to do too much with pitches that shouldn't be hit out of the park," Lowe said. "I feel like when things really started rolling for me last year, I did my damage where I was supposed to do my damage.

"A good contact point comes from a good plan. You have to understand where you want the ball, in a good count, to do your damage."

Lowe was last season's great development story in Texas. Adolis Garcia is this year's big story and one of the best breakout stories in baseball.

(Video) Mlb Central | The strong Texas Rangers team got even better.


Players unhappy with their organization probably wouldn't skip a World Baseball Classic invitation to participate in regular spring training.

Garcia declined such an invite from Cuba. He didn't want to miss multiple weeks of spring training, and he thought the Rangers could help him get better.

That's a happy player - or at least a motivated one who believes in the support staff and players around him.

The Rangers didn't do much to change the swing of the majors' RBI leader (49). After all, when Garcia made contact, it was about loud as anyone not named Aaron Judge. He ranked in the 92nd percentile in average exit velocity last year.

Hyers said they did work on shortening his bat path slightly this spring, but the big change was being more selective.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (7)

For years, plate discipline was considered impossible to teach. That was one of the tenets of the book "Moneyball" (recall how frustrated Billy Beane was with Miguel Tejada's approach). But that idea is changing.

The Rangers boast the fourth-greatest reduction in out-of-zone swings this year (minus-3.8%), trailing only the Reds, Tigers, and Pirates. This year, Garcia's lowered his out-of-zone swing rate by 10 percentage points - the second-best mark in baseball, behind only Luis Robert.

"His focus coming into spring training was to swing at his pitch more often," Hyers said. "'Pitchers know they can get me to chase in certain areas. You know what? I'm not going to let them do it.'"

Garcia's goal was to lay off sliders that start at the outside corner and break away and fastballs above the zone.

But how do you teach a skill that's been dismissed as impossible to learn? It takes new methods.

Ecker was part of a Giants coaching staff that tried to make practice more game-like in 2021. Around the same time, Hyers was having Red Sox hitters face more high-velocity pitches and breaking balls in practice before games.

This spring in Arizona, the hitting staff tested Garcia's swing decisions off high-velocity and spin pitch machines. Could he lay off the balls outside the zone and attack those inside the zone?

"A little more selective aggressive, not passive," Hyers said. "I give him all the credit. He bought into it. Kinda gave him a plan. We started in spring training. If you look at spring training, the numbers were really good."

What they did is gamify practice. It's not necessarily fun for all players, but it does create an environment that is more stimulating and that promotes growth.

"We call it 'game training,'" Hyers said. "Throwing some multiple (pitch) shapes at him. Challenging him at practice. And if you do that, it's going to show up at game time."

Would Garcia have embraced these new methods on another team? Would the training even have been available to him? It's tough to know, but the results suggest the work has paid off.

Get happy: How the Texas Rangers' offense became elite (8)

Players don't always love having their flaws exposed in intense practice. But in Texas, players are learning not to be afraid to fail in the cage or in game situations.

Miller credits Bochy for fostering an environment where there's little fear.

(Video) Will Smith Made A Historic Save + Rangers Rise In MLB Power Rankings | K&C Masterpiece

"As a player, you are always told to be the same guy every day. Boch is the same guy every day," Miller said. "We've had stretches where we don't play well, where we let a game get out of hand. Bochy will come in and say, 'OK, boys. Let's get them tomorrow.' He practices what he preaches. The second a manager panics, the players are going to panic. He's very steady."

Younger players aren't the only ones embracing new training tools and game-like preparation.

Semien said the Rangers have every developmental tool a player could want at Globe Life Field, and they bring some of the tools and gadgets on the road, too.

Semien likes to hit foam balls spit out of machines at high velocity to prepare for games.

"You're not jamming your thumb, you're not hurting your hand (with foam balls)," Semien said.

"I would never do that early in my career (hitting regular balls out of high-velocity machines). …. That's one thing I do every day. I want to make sure I'm ready to hit anyone's best fastball. Teams who hit fastballs the best and take chase pitches are going to be successful. That's what we are striving to do."

To illustrate just how well the Rangers' hitters are executing, consider what they did against Spencer Strider last week. Texas put on nine baserunners in five innings against Strider, the most of any team this season, and scored four times - also a rare feat.

Garcia homered twice off Strider, the first player to accomplish that in a game.

Adolis has hit 2 HRs off Spencer Strider

— Texas Rangers Insider (@RangersInsiders) May 18, 2023

Before the game, Hyers had the Rangers hit off of the high-velocity machine with pitches up in the zone. They tried as best they could to mimic the rise effect and Strider's unusually low release point, too.

"Everything is based off the fastball," Hyers said. "Understanding the different movement profiles of the fastball. … We have technology now where we can train against it before we play against it. We've never had that before, so I think that's one of the bigger things.

"I wish I knew about fastball characteristics 10 years ago."

After ranking 27th in effectiveness against fastballs in 2021, the Rangers rank seventh this season. They've chased the seventh-fewest amount of breaking balls out of the zone.

"I think you can improve pretty much everything on the offensive side," Hyers said. "I think everyone can improve if there's a will to improve."

And there's a will to improve in part because the players have fun when they show up at the office.

"I think that's what the good ones and good teams do," Hyers said. "They look forward to coming here and preparing and, 'Let's go to battle.'"

The Rangers' secret?

"Showing up to work and having fun doing it, that's the way the game should be," Bochy said. "This game is meant to have fun."

(Video) Could This Weekend's Rangers/Orioles Series Be A Future Postseason Matchup? | K&C Masterpiece

Travis Sawchik is theScore's senior baseball writer.


Are Texas Rangers considered elite? ›

Currently, out of the thousands of law enforcement officers in the state of Texas, there are 234 full time employees, 166 of whom are commissioned Rangers. This speaks to the elite status of the group, who despite their small number, have statewide jurisdiction.

What is the mission statement of the Texas Rangers? ›

The Rangers lead the department's border security program with a mission to deter, detect and interdict criminal activity across the Texas/Mexico border.

What is the dark side of the Texas Rangers? ›

They burned villages and slaughtered innocents. They committed war crimes, hunted runaway slaves and murdered so many Mexicans and Mexican Americans that they were as feared on the Mexican border as the Ku Klux Klan was in the Deep South.

Were the Texas Rangers in the Mexican War? ›

Rangers as Soldiers

Using the skills they had honed battling American Indians in Texas, the Rangers quickly made a name for themselves as bold fighters during the U.S.-Mexican War (1846-48). Their scouting and tracking skills also helped locate Mexican camps and guerilla fighters both during and after the war.

Are Rangers more elite than Green Berets? ›

While both of these units are highly elite in their own right, the amount of specialized training it takes to be a Ranger is less than what it takes to be a Green Beret.

What is more elite Marines or Rangers? ›

With absolute certainty, the Rangers are more “elite” than the Marines. See, the definition of “Elite” is “a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society.” All Marines are Marines. There is no division that is made up of “better” or “worse” Marines.

What is the Texas Rangers motto? ›

Official State Historical Center of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency. Nothing else comes close: the most famous quote ever attributed to the Texas Rangers is “one riot, one Ranger.” Legendary Captain Bill McDonald (left) is usually credited with the saying.

Are Texas Rangers still a thing? ›

Out of the more than 100,000 sworn law enforcement officers in Texas, only 94 are Texas Rangers, but their jurisdiction is statewide.

What are the Texas Rangers best known for? ›

The Texas Rangers were part of another agency but their duties essentially were the same as they had been for years. Rangers were called upon to enforce the state's laws, with particular emphasis on felony crimes, gambling and narcotics. Rangers also were used in riot suppression and in locating fugitives.

Who was the baddest Texas Ranger? ›

Frank Hamer
DiedJuly 10, 1955 (aged 71) Austin, Texas, U.S.
OccupationLaw enforcement officer
EmployerTexas Ranger Division
Known forLeader of posse that killed Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
2 more rows

Who was the toughest Texas Ranger? ›

Ranger Frank Hamer made a name for himself along the U.S.-Mexico border in West Texas where he rode and fought hard. Texas bred tough men, and none came any tougher than Frank Hamer. He was to the Lone Star State what Wyatt Earp was to Arizona and what Wild Bill Hickok was to Kansas.

What is a Texas Ranger called? ›

The Texas Ranger Division, commonly called the Texas Rangers and also known as Los Diablos Tejanos (Spanish for 'the Texan Devils'), is an investigative law enforcement agency with statewide jurisdiction in the U.S. state of Texas.

Were there black Texas Rangers? ›

Le Roy Young (service 1988-2003), a Navy veteran from Del Rio, was promoted from the Highway Patrol in 1988 and is the first known Black Texas Ranger of the 20th century. Young identifies himself as a "Black Seminole" being of Seminole Native American and African American heritage.

Why are Texas Rangers famous? ›

Many Texas Rangers have become famous throughout the years for their acts of heroism, legendary gunfighting abilities, and unwavering commitment to enforcing the law.

What nationality are the Texas Rangers? ›

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

Which is tougher Navy SEALs or Rangers? ›

While the route to SEALs training is more direct than for the Rangers, each training is more intensive. To be considered for SEALs training, candidates must meet a series of strict physical criteria and pass several tests.

Do Rangers get a beret? ›

The distinctive headgear of the 75th Ranger Regiment is the tan beret. The beret is a mark of distinction that brands the wearer as a proven warrior. The tan color is reminiscent of the leather caps worn by the original rangers of American heritage and lore.

What is the most elite military unit in the US? ›

Say it again: American Special Operations Forces. There's a lot that's not known about this group and that's intentional. But everyone knows that these forces are among the most elite and best trained in the world.

Is Army Ranger equivalent to Navy SEAL? ›

Navy Seals. The difference between Army Rangers and Navy Seals is that Army Rangers is an elite military unit within the United States Army, while Navy Seals is an elite military unit within the United States Navy. Army Rangers are a unit of elite soldiers in the US military.

What is the hardest special forces to get into? ›

The most elite special operations forces in the U.S. are known as the Green Berets, and while that alone is enough to spark debate, there's great reasoning behind it. Training includes harsh mental and physical undertakings, including the school that's widely regarded as the hardest: Combat Diving.

Can an Army Ranger become a Navy SEAL? ›

You can apply to become a Navy SEAL as a civilian, a Navy sailor or even as a service member from another military branch. Both new recruits and active-duty military candidates must pass a battery of physical, technical and psychological exams.

Do Texas Rangers have to wear cowboy hats? ›

To be dressed appropriately, Rangers are required to wear a western hat, a dress shirt, a tie, a dress coat, appropriate pants, western belt, western boots, and the official Texas Ranger badge pinned above the left shirt pocket. An approved handgun should be worn in a waist holster at all times.

What are Texas Special Rangers? ›

Special Response Teams (SRT) is specialized teams which operate on an “as needed” basis and are located within each of the DPS Regions. SRT is comprised of a cross section of officers from Texas Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations Division and the Texas Rangers.

What is the oldest Texas Ranger badge? ›

The earliest Texas Ranger badges were simple circle-star, shield or star designs that could be made from five and eight peso Mexican silver coins.

How powerful are Texas Rangers? ›

Today, the Texas Rangers are frequently called in by law enforcement officials to break down suspects no one else can crack. Over the past fifty years, they've brought to justice hundreds of criminals and have solved at least thirty cold cases since 2015, according to the Marshall Project.

Do Texas Rangers have more authority? ›

A Texas Ranger was given the same authority of any other peace officer but no special authority except jurisdiction which extends to all parts of Texas.

What is a Texas Ranger salary? ›

As of May 23, 2023, the average annual pay for a Law Enforcement Ranger in Texas is $49,880 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $23.98 an hour. This is the equivalent of $959/week or $4,156/month.

Does every state have Rangers like Texas Rangers? ›

General law enforcement at the state level known as Rangers is a type of law enforcement official only found in Texas.

Have the Texas Rangers ever been good? ›

Texas Rangers, American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, that plays in the American League (AL). The Rangers began play in 1961 as the Washington (D.C.) Senators and have won two AL pennants (2010 and 2011).

Who was the first female Texas Ranger? ›

Hardy, Texas Ranger: The First Female Texas Ranger: Fowler, Johnny: 9781460968062: Books.

Who was the Texas Ranger that turned outlaw? ›

Scott Cooley was an honorable man for the first 30 years of his life and served as a Texas Ranger but would later change when he got involved in the Mason County War and befriended notorious outlaw Johnny Ringo.

Which Texas Ranger had a drug problem? ›

Drug addiction and alcoholism. Hamilton's struggles with drugs and alcohol are well documented. He first stopped using drugs and alcohol after being confronted by his grandmother, Mary Holt. In May 2008, Hamilton said he had not used drugs or alcohol since October 6, 2005.

Who was the Texas Ranger serial killer? ›

Texas Ranger James Holland was famous for eliciting confessions, especially from serial killers. He'd been credited with obtaining dozens of confessions from a California prisoner named Samuel Little, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation was calling the “most prolific” murderer in U.S. history.

Who was the youngest Texas Ranger? ›

Durham's only living grandson, Lavoyger Durham asserts that at 18 years old, George Durham was the youngest man to ever serve as a Texas Ranger.

Who is the highest paid player on the Texas Rangers? ›

Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager is among the 10 highest-paid players in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes. The list considers all income, including salary and off-field endorsements. Seager is estimated to make $36 million, with $1 million coming from endorsements, in 2023.

Who is the oldest living Texas Ranger? ›

The man smiled, towering over the crowd as they cheered his 96th birthday. "Happy Birthday Buddy!" said businessman, B.J. "Red" McCombs, wrapping an arm around John Wood, the oldest living Texas Ranger.

Can a girl be a Texas Ranger? ›

Be really good at your job.

According to Captain Wakeman, who made history back in 2014 when she became the first woman promoted to the rank of Ranger lieutenant, making the cut in the Ranger promotion process really comes down to the candidate's track record within DPS, no matter their gender.

What guns do the Texas Rangers use? ›

The Texas Rangers carry the Sig Sauer P-320 which is the same pistol the Marines use as well. Why do the Texas Rangers have their own police force? The Texas Rangers do not, as you say, “have their own police force.” They are a part of a larger police force, specifically the Texas Department of Public Safety.

How many female Texas Rangers are there? ›

Today, two women serve in the active Ranger force in Company “D”in San Antonio and and Company “F” in Waco. It is to all of the women who have given their love and support to the Texas Rangers since 1823 that this exhibit is dedicated.

Who was the real life Lone Ranger? ›

In reality, the real Lone Ranger was a formerly enslaved man, Bass Reeves, who became the first Black deputy U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi River.

Why were the Texas Rangers disbanded in the 30s? ›

During the Great Depression, the fortunes of the Rangers fell once again. With their budget slashed, the force dwindled to just 45 members before a new governor, Miriam A. “Ma” Ferguson, disbanded the group altogether.

Who was the first Hispanic Texas Ranger? ›

A very entertaining and interesting book of a true hero, Art Rodriguez, the first Mexican American Texas Ranger whom I had the distinct pleasure of meeting in the early seventies.

Is a Texas Ranger a police officer? ›

After all, the Texas Ranger Division has statewide jurisdiction. However, just because Texas Rangers have statewide jurisdiction and are technically state police doesn't mean they are the only state police force in Texas. Let's examine the difference and why the Texas Rangers are set apart. What is this?

When were Texas Rangers disbanded and why? ›

Most of the Ranger force was disbanded during the years following the end of the Mexican–American War on February 2, 1848, since the protection of the frontiers was now an official duty of the U.S. Army.

Were there any Mexican Texas Rangers? ›

They frequently resorted to transliteration and translation to fulfill their duties as record-keepers. Most Tejano Texas Rangers (Texas-born of Spanish/ Mexican ancestry), like their Anglo brothers-in-arms, were either barely literate or illiterate.

Were Texas Rangers Confederate? ›

The 8th Texas Cavalry Regiment, (1861–1865), popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers, was a light cavalry regiment of Texas volunteers for the Confederate States Army assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861.

Why are the Rangers called Texas? ›

The namesake Texas Rangers are an investigative arm of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The organization unofficially was created by Stephen F. Austin, one of the key figures of the Texas Revolution, with a long and colorful history deeply imbedded in the psyche of the state.

What are Texas Rangers equivalent to? ›

Texas Rangers and Highway Patrol

The Texas Department of Public Safety houses the Texas Rangers and Texas Highway Patrol Division. Highway patrol troopers are responsible for traffic supervision and criminal law enforcement, including matters related to drug and human trafficking, on the state's rural highways.

What tier unit are Rangers? ›

The five Tier 1 units in the United States military are the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU), Delta Force, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Intelligence Support Activity, and Army Ranger Regimental Recon Company.

Is Ranger Battalion elite? ›

While the Ranger Regiment has traditionally been considered an elite light infantry force, its operations in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2001 to 2012 demonstrated its ability to conduct a full range of special operations missions.

What is a Texas Ranger equivalent in other states? ›

A law enforcement official at the state level is usually referred to as a “trooper”, except in California. State troopers are often responsible for patrolling highways and are members of the highway patrol or state police agency.

Does a Texas Ranger have more authority than police? ›

Texas Rangers are a more specialized group of law enforcement officials. They undergo different training than other police officers in Texas, and they have more jurisdiction than most departments.

How hard is it to become a Texas Ranger? ›

An applicant must be in excellent physical condition and have an exemplary record of at least 8 years of law enforcement experience, the last 2 years of which must be with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Which Ranger battalion is the most elite? ›

75th Ranger Regiment (75RR)

The 75th Ranger Regiment, known as the 75RR, is the U.S. Army's premier large-scale special operations force, and it is made up of some of the most elite Soldiers in the world.

Are Army Rangers on the same level as Navy SEALs? ›

The difference between Army Rangers and Navy Seals is that Army Rangers is an elite military unit within the United States Army, while Navy Seals is an elite military unit within the United States Navy. Army Rangers are a unit of elite soldiers in the US military.

How hard is it to become an Army Ranger? ›

To become a Ranger is no easy task. You have to go through grueling training to ensure you have the mental toughness, physical fitness, moral character, and motivation to endure the challenges you'll face in the field.

Are all Army Rangers snipers? ›

Every branch of the military uses snipers in some capacity. The SEALs, CCT, and Army Rangers all have sniper elements in their units.

What is the Army Rangers motto? ›

The motto "Rangers Lead the Way" has proven true for more than 60 years. Since the first group of handpicked volunteers was activated in World War II, Rangers have led the way on more than 50 military campaigns, including operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Are Army Rangers above Marines? ›

Army Rangers are members of the U.S. Army who have undergone highly specialized training, whereas Marines encompass an entire branch within which highly specialized positions are possible.

What are the benefits of being a Texas Ranger? ›

Most Popular Benefits at Texas Rangers
  • 401(k) Employees: 9.
  • Paid Sick Leave. Employees: 9.
  • Paid Holidays / Vacation. Employees: 7.
  • Life Insurance/Disability. Employees: 6.
  • Free Drinks/Coke/Juice/Water. Employees: 3.
  • Cell Phone. Employees: 2.
Oct 10, 2022

Are the Texas Rangers good? ›

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers are still atop the American League West division with a record of 20-13. They've won six of their last ten and just beat the Angels two out of three to stay ahead of them by two games in the standings.


1. Texas Rangers' offense is MLB's best with Corey Seager's triumphant return
(Locked On Rangers (Texas))
2. Rangers vs. Orioles Game Highlights (5/26/23) | MLB Highlights
(Texas Rangers)
3. Texas Rangers' best win of the season shows why they're legitimate contenders
(Locked On Rangers (Texas))
4. Pittsburgh Pirates Lose Yet Another May Series, This Time to the Texas Rangers w/ Brice Paterik
(Locked On Pirates)
5. Rangers vs. Orioles Game Highlights (5/26/23) | MLB Highlights
6. Texas Rangers vs Baltimore Orioles HUGE weekend series & much MORE! | Flippin’ Bats
(Flippin' Bats with Ben Verlander)


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Kelle Weber

Last Updated: 09/23/2023

Views: 6248

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (53 voted)

Reviews: 84% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kelle Weber

Birthday: 2000-08-05

Address: 6796 Juan Square, Markfort, MN 58988

Phone: +8215934114615

Job: Hospitality Director

Hobby: tabletop games, Foreign language learning, Leather crafting, Horseback riding, Swimming, Knapping, Handball

Introduction: My name is Kelle Weber, I am a magnificent, enchanting, fair, joyous, light, determined, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.