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Rangers' all-time retired numbers

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have their own franchise Hall of Fame, with their own set of retired numbers.

One is more exclusive than the other. The Rangers have retired just three numbers, compared to the 20 players and other figures who have been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have their own franchise Hall of Fame, with their own set of retired numbers.

One is more exclusive than the other. The Rangers have retired just three numbers, compared to the 20 players and other figures who have been inducted into their Hall of Fame.

John Blake, the Rangers' vice president of communications, oversees both and has set a high bar for retired uniform numbers. Blake has made it clear -- with one exception -- that retired numbers should only go for those players who had a National Baseball Hall of Fame-worthy career and were inducted as Rangers.

Nolan Ryan, P, No. 34
Number retired: Sept. 15, 1996
Ryan spent only five seasons with Texas, but those years included some of the most memorable moments in franchise history. On Aug. 22, 1989, he recorded his 5,000th strikeout, and on July 31, 1990, he earned his 300th career victory. He would retire with 324 in all. Two of those wins were no-hitters: against the Athletics on June 11, 1990, and the Blue Jays on May 1, 1991, giving him an MLB record of seven for his career.

Video: BB Moments: 5/1/91: Nolan Ryan's Amazing 7th No-No

Ryan's 301 strikeouts in 1989 are a Rangers franchise record. He finished with 5,714 for his career, also the most in Major League history. Ryan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 and had his uniform retired by the Angels and Astros. Ryan later served as the Rangers' club president from 2008-13, during which time Texas made its first two World Series appearances in franchise history.

Johnny Oates, Mgr: No. 26
Number retired: Aug. 6, 2005
Oates is one of the most beloved Rangers ever, managing the team to its first three division titles in 1996 and 1998-99. He shared Manager of the Year honors with Joe Torre of the Yankees in 1996. The Rangers ended up losing to the Yankees in four close games in the American League Division Series that year, and were swept by the Yankees in '98 and '99.

Video: TEX Retired Number: No. 26, Johnny Oates

Oates stepped down 28 games into the 2001 season, finishing with an overall record for the Rangers of 506-476 for a .515 winning percentage. The following year he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and passed away on Christmas Eve in 2004.

Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez, C, No. 7
Number retired: Aug. 12, 2012
Rodriguez was one of the greatest catchers in Major League history, and he built most of his legacy during his prime years with the Rangers, from 1991-2002. During his time in Texas, Rodriguez won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves and six of his seven Silver Slugger Awards.

Video: HOU@TEX: Rangers retire Ivan Rodriguez's number

Pudge appeared in 10 All-Star Games as a Ranger and was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1999, when he hit .332/.356/.558 with 35 home runs and 113 RBIs. With his quick feet and powerful throwing arm, he was among the league leaders every year in throwing out attempted basestealers.

Rodriguez ended up winning a World Series with the Marlins in 2003 and played for the Tigers in the 2006 Series. But when he finally retired and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he went in wearing the Rangers cap.

Video: Pudge entering Hall of Fame wearing a Rangers cap

Note: On April 15, 1997, the Rangers joined every team in MLB in retiring No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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