Tom Grieve

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Tom Grieve
Josh Lewin and Tom Grieve.jpg
Grieve (right) alongside former Rangers commentator Josh Lewin
Outfielder
Born: (1948-03-04) March 4, 1948 (age 66)
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 5, 1970 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
May 1, 1979 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Batting average .249
Home runs 65
Runs batted in 254
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Thomas Alan Grieve (born March 4, 1948 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts) was a Major League Baseball player from 1970–1979 for the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. Nicknamed "TAG", which are his initials, Grieve's best season was 1976 with the Rangers when he hit .255, belted 20 home runs and had 81 runs batted in.

Biography[edit]

Baseball career[edit]

On December 8, 1977, he was involved in a rare four-team trade that involved the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers. Grieve and a player to be named later (Ken Henderson) were sent to the Mets, who also received Willie Montañez from the Braves. Texas sent Adrian Devine, Tommy Boggs and Eddie Miller to Atlanta and Bert Blyleven to the Pirates. The Pirates sent Al Oliver and Nelson Norman to the Rangers, who also got Jon Matlack from the Mets. Finally, the Mets sent John Milner to the Pirates.

Primarily an outfielder and a designated hitter, the right-handed batter finished his career with a .249 average, 65 homers and 254 RBIs in 670 games.

In between, Grieve posted five solid seasons in the Venezuelan Winter League while playing for the Águilas del Zulia, Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira clubs between 1971 and 1979.

According to his own words, he says that any player who skips winter ball does themselves a disservice because they’re too lazy.[1]

General Manager[edit]

After retiring as a player at the end of the 1979 season, Grieve joined the Rangers' front office, and did his first work as a color commentator for Rangers television broadcasts during the 1980 season. In 1984 Grieve became general manager of the Rangers, and served in that capacity until 1994. In December 1988 Grieve made one of the best trades in team history, acquiring Rafael Palmeiro and Jamie Moyer from the Chicago Cubs for Mitch Williams. That same winter he acquired future batting champion Julio Franco. However, he also traded away several future stars, including Sammy Sosa in 1989 and Robb Nen in 1993.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Grieve currently is a broadcaster for the Rangers televised games. He is currently the color commentator for the Texas Rangers on Fox Sports Southwest (Sunday-Thursday) and KTXA 21 (Friday night games only) with play-by-play announcer and former Kansas City Royal Steve Busby.

Legacy[edit]

The Grieves were the first father-and-son combo to be selected in the first round of the MLB draft. Tom was chosen sixth overall by the Senators in 1966 while Ben was the second overall selection by Oakland in 1994. Ben Grieve played 976 games for the Oakland A's, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs.

Tom Grieve was inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on July 24, 2010.[2]

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Preceded by
Joe Klein
Texas Rangers General Manager
19841994
Succeeded by
Doug Melvin