Grieve named to Rangers' Hall

Grieve named to Rangers' Hall

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced Wednesday that Tom Grieve has been named the 13th member of the franchise's Hall of Fame.

Grieve spent nearly 43 of his 44 seasons in professional baseball with the Washington/Texas Franchise. After being drafted by the Senators with the sixth overall pick in 1966, he made his Major League debut in 1970 and moved with the franchise to Arlington.

He finished his career with the Rangers with a .251 batting average, 63 home runs and 246 RBIs.

"It gives me the feeling that the 44 years that I've spent in baseball, almost all with the Rangers, has been meaningful, appreciated and it's something I don't take lightly," Grieve said. "There are a lot of great players and people in the Rangers Hall of Fame. I'm pretty sure none are more prouder or pleased to be a member than I am."

After his playing days ended, Grieve joined the Rangers' front office as director of group sales in 1980 and became assistant director of player development the next year. He was then named the Rangers' general manager in 1984, making him the youngest GM in the Majors at 36.

"On a personal level, having done this job, he's been someone I've been able to go to from time to time to bounce ideas off of," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's seen things from so many different angles. ... He's got such a great perspective on things."

In 1995, Grieve moved to the broadcast booth and has spent the past 16 years serving as the club's TV analyst.

"I divide my career in thirds," Grieve said. "The first third was a player, the second third was a member of the front office and the last was in broadcasting. I don't believe that any one of those thirds adds up to being in the Rangers Hall of Fame. But I'm very grateful [they] felt I was worthy of the honor. It's an incredible honor for me."

Said Rangers president Nolan Ryan: "I don't know anybody that's represented the Rangers better over such an extended period time and done so many different things as he has. I think it's very appropriate."

The ceremonies for Grieve's induction will be held on Saturday, July 24 against the Angels.