The Rangers aren’t in the World Series, but there are plenty of Texas ties with the 2016 Fall Classic.
One World Series title-starved town is going to finally taste victory when the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians begin the best-of-seven series at 7:08 p.m. Tuesday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
The clubs have the two longest World Series title droughts in the majors. The Indians last won it in 1948. The Cubs last won it in 1908.
It’s the first World Series appearance for the Cubs since 1945. The Indians reached the Series in 1995 and 1997, but lost both.
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A look at the Texas ties among players (and coaches) in the 2016 World Series:
RHP Corey Kluber, Coppell HS
RHP Jeff Manship, San Antonio Reagan High School
LHP Ryan Merritt, Celina HS, McLennan CC
RHP Josh Tomlin, Whitehouse HS, Texas Tech
1B Mike Napoli, Rangers (2011-12; ‘15)
OF Tyler Naquin, Klein Collins HS, Texas A&M
Pitching coach Michael Callaway, Rangers (2003-04)
RHP Jake Arrieta, Plano East HS, TCU
RHP Carl Edwards, Drafted by Rangers in 2011, traded along with three others to Cubs for Matt Garza in July 2013
RHP Justin Grimm, Drafted by Rangers in 2010, played with Rangers 2012-13, traded along with Edwards and two others to Cubs for Garza
RHP Kyle Hendricks, drafted by Rangers in 2011, traded to Cubs along with Christian Villanueva for Ryan Dempster in July 2012
Third base coach Gary Jones, Henderson HS, Paris Junior College
RHP John Lackey, Abilene HS, Grayson CC, UT Arlington
RHP Pedro Strop, Rangers 2009-11, traded to Orioles who then traded him along with Arrieta to the Cubs in July 2013.
LHP John Zastryzny, Corpus Christi Calallen HS
INF/OF Ben Zobrist, Dallas Baptist
World Series schedule
Game 1: 7:08 p.m. Tuesday, Progressive Field
Game 2: 7:08 p.m. Wednesday, Progressive Field
Game 3: 7:08 p.m. Friday, Wrigley Field
Game 4: 7:08 Saturday, Wrigley Field
Game 5*: 7:15 p.m. Sunday, Wrigley Field
Game 6*: 7:08 p.m. Nov 1, Progressive Field
Game 7*: 7:08 p.m. Nov. 2, Progressive Field