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Sundberg retiring as club executive

Sundberg retiring as club executive

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers announced that Jim Sundberg will retire at the end of the season. Sundberg has been serving in the Rangers front office since 2004 and as senior executive vice president since October of 2008.

In all, Sundberg has spent over 30 years with the Rangers as a player, executive, broadcaster and Minor League instructor. He is a charter member of the Rangers Hall of Fame after winning six Gold Gloves as a catcher while in Texas.

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"While I am stepping away from a full-time role, I look forward to continuing my long association with the Texas Rangers organization," said Sundberg. "Being involved in the community has always held a special place for me, and I will remain involved in that capacity."

Sundberg spent 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Rangers, Brewers, Royals and Cubs. He was a three-time All-Star and won a World Series as the Royals starting catcher in 1985. He retired after the 1989 season and spent six years as a Rangers broadcaster. He returned to the Rangers as a Minor League instructor in 2002 before joining the front office two years later.

The Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award is given annually to a Rangers player who best emulates Sundberg's civic-minded efforts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during his playing career and afterwards. Sundberg was also instrumental in raising the scope of the Rangers Alumni Legacy program and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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