ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Darren Oliver #28 of the Texas Rangers pitches in the eighth inning during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Darren Oliver has spent a lot of time with the Texas Rangers. In fact, in his 20 years as a big-league pitcher, he spent 10 of those in Texas over the course of three separate stints, including coming up with the Rangers in 1993 and pitching for them in 2011 when they went to the World Series and lost a heartbreaker.
Now, Oliver is retired after deciding to hang it up after pitching the last two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, and he's working with the Rangers pitchers in their winter pitching camp at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
“I’m more interested in his experience,” manager Ron Washington told The Dallas Morning News. “He’s got something to offer. He’s a winner.”
Oliver can't be a permanent coach with the Rangers due to number restrictions of coaches in dugouts for games, and he doesn't want a full-time gig, but he can certainly help the Rangers' young pitchers learn how to be big-league pitchers. After all, he did it for 20 years.