|RIGHT AT HOME WITH THE '90s RANGERS.|
|ALL OF NOTHING AT THE PLATE.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- Dean Palmer was the perfect third baseman for the home-run-or-bust Rangers of the early 1990s. He swung a powerful stick at the plate and carried an iron glove in the field. Add 100-plus strikeouts a season, and you had the prototypical Ranger of that era. Palmer played 14 years for three teams, hit 275 homers, drove in 849 runs and slashed .251/.324/.472.
- In the Rangers' first playoff game in franchise history on Oct. 1, 1996, Palmer helped make it memorable. After #116 Juan Gonzalez gave Texas a 3-1 lead over the Yankees with a homer in the fourth, Palmer followed with a two-run shot off #115 David Cone to extend the lead. The Rangers went on to win 6-2, but the Yankees would win the next three games.
- Palmer established career highs in '96 in homers (38), batting average (.280), on-base percentage (.348) and slugging (.527) while driving in 107 runs.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- In '92, he was the first Ranger to homer in the first three games of a season. Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz later equaled the feat.
- Struck out at least 145 times in five seasons, including leading the majors with 154 in '92.
- Traded to the Royals in July '97 for Tom Goodwin and made his first All-Star team a year later, hitting 34 homers and driving in a career-high 119.
- His defensive WAR for his career was -8.8.
- Signed as a free agent with the Tigers for the '99 season and matched his career-high in homers with 38 and drove in 100 runs.