Darren Oliver Joins Rangers’ Front Office

The Rangers announced today, via press release, that retired left-hander Darren Oliver has joined the front office as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. In his new role, Oliver will work with Daniels and his staff “in a variety of areas with an emphasis on pitching,” according to the release. Daniels issued the following statement:

We are very happy to welcome Darren Oliver into an official capacity with the Rangers. Darren will focus on pitching on both the major and minor league levels, and he will have a presence in Arlington and with our minor league affiliates. I also expect that he will be a valuable sounding board to our baseball operations group on all fronts. Darren has been working with us on an informal basis over the last several months and was a great asset on our trip to the Dominican Republic in January and during his several weeks at spring training camp. I am glad that we have been able to formalize that relationship.”

The 43-year-old Oliver was a third-round pick of the Rangers back in 1988. He spent 20 seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching to a 4.51 ERA with 5.9 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, a 118-98 win-loss record, 11 complete games, four shutouts and seven saves. Oliver’s career looked to be winding down after the 2005 season, as he’d posted a 5.83 ERA in 573 innings from 2000-04. However, he converted to the bullpen on a full-time basis from that point forth and proceeded to pitch for another eight seasons. In that final stretch, the durable Oliver was a workhorse out of the ‘pen and enjoyed a 2.95 ERA (149 ERA+) with 7.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in his final 508 2/3 innings.

Oliver spoke with Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith back in February about his post-retirement plans and his final season, noting that he was proud to end his career with a productive 3.86 ERA in 49 innings for the Blue Jays: I’d rather go out like that than hang on and get beat up on the mound and have the fans boo you. No one likes to go out like that.”

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7 Comments on "Darren Oliver Joins Rangers’ Front Office"

1 year 4 months ago

But can he still pitch? At the rate this team’s being voodoo dolled, we’ll need some warm bodies in the pen before too long.

Joe Orsatti
1 year 4 months ago

Once Pedro Fig was pitching well, torn UCL

Aye No

1 year 4 months ago

I chuckled when his agent tried to conjure up cheap tricks to force the Jays to send him to Texas or give him more money.

Matt Musal
1 year 4 months ago

Congrats to Darren, I’ve always liked him.

Gary Ward or Wright
1 year 4 months ago

Crossed his path a couple of times over the years as a life long ranger fan. One of the nicest most down to earth athletes I ever met. But so was Chad Curtis so…..

1 year 4 months ago

I have always wondered what these “special assistants” actually do. Do they do pro-scouting? Do they submit reports on their own players? Are they employed full time and receiving benefits? It’s not like they have a cubicle and show up to the office everyday.

Nunya Bizniz
1 year 4 months ago

My son was playing an city all star game at Pepper Park about 13 years ago when he was 12. I was sitting in the stands watching him pitch, when the guy in front of me struck up a conversation with me about his performance. When he turned around I realized it was Darren Oliver. He was at the stadium for something and saw the lights on at the smaller park and came over to “scout” future talent. He talked to the kids after the game and actually gave my son (He pitched through college) some pointers. He’s a real nice guy and is a great ambassador of the game. I hope he does well.