Take a look at the Rangers over their 40-plus years of existence.There is no shortage of Hall of Famers or MVPs, though only one all-time great wears a Rangers cap in Cooperstown, and two MVPs came to the club after their fantastic seasons.One figure, 1972 manager Ted Williams, fits both categories.Some unique characters have also trekked through Arlington, perhaps none more so than Billy Martin, as have the occasional attention seekers like Jose Canseco. But only a select cast of players and managers have been the face of the franchise. Here’s a sampling:1972Ted WilliamsIn the beginning, the face of the Rangers, imported from Washington, was their manager. Ted Williams, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, was in his fourth season and would go 54-100 before devoting the rest of his life to fishing, hunting and cryogenics.1973David ClydeDavid Clyde was thrust into sudden stardom after the Rangers used the No. 1 overall draft pick on him. He made his major-league debut 22 days later before a home crowd of 35,698, but would flame out because of injury two years later.1974-75Billy MartinJeff Burroughs was the American League MVP in 1974, and Fergie Jenkins should have won the Cy Young Award. But those All-Stars took a back seat to their manager, Billy Martin. His personality was large, and the ’74 Manager of the Year got results until getting the heave in 1975.1976-81Jim SundbergThe best defensive catcher in the American League was Jim Sundberg, who as an All-Star as a rookie in 1974 and won six straight Gold Gloves from 1976-81. Fellow Rangers Hall of Famers Buddy Bell, Toby Harrah and Tom Grieve were also on the club during this stretch.1982-85Buddy BellWhile Sundberg was setting the gold standard behind the plate, Bell was the best third baseman. He also won six consecutive Gold Gloves, spanning the first six years of a seven-year stint with the Rangers. He was a four-time All-Star and three-time Rangers Player of the Year.1986-89Bobby ValentineRuben Sierra, Julio Franco and a young Juan Gonzalez were all overshadowed by the winningest manager in club history. Bobby Valentine got results early on, but his ego and the need to always be the center of attention caught up to him.1989-93Nolan RyanThe Texan native and future Hall of Famer spent the final five seasons of his career in Arlington, and the stint eventually led to him becoming team CEO and a minority owner. His time with the Rangers included his sixth and seventh no-hitters, his 300th win and 5,000th strikeout.1994-2000Ivan RodriguezThe perennial All-Star and 1999 MVP was the fan favorite during a period in which Juan Gonzalez won two MVP awards and Rafael Palmeiro had the most productive years of his career. But the game’s best catcher was the player fans fawned over.2001-03Alex RodriguezThe $252 million man didn’t lead the Rangers to the promised land, or even third place. But the outrageous size of his salary and the numbers he was posting made him the first person people thought of when they talked about the Rangers.2004-06Mark TeixeiraThe player who helped make the Rangers a champion, albeit three years after he was traded, was their most productive player during the Buck Showalter era. But the haul the Rangers got in return for him — Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus — changed the franchise.2007-12Michael YoungThe contract extension Young signed in 2007 made him the undisputed face of the franchise. Josh Hamilton could make claim to it the past few seasons, but Young was the unofficial captain, the club’s all-time leader in many offensive categories, and the player who handled the media.2013Ian KinslerYoung and Hamilton are gone, and the not-so-coveted title of face of the franchise is up for grabs. The top on-field candidate is Ian Kinsler, the longest-tenured Rangers player and a three-time All-Star. He’s also locked up for five more years.