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 in the game of baseball.
His career spanned 20 years before he retired at age 43 after last season. He was a starter and a reliever and actually had two separate stints as a pitcher for the Texas Rangers, including a role as a key reliever in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, when the Rangers won AL pennants.
The first time the Rangers made the playoffs in 1996? Yup, Oliver was on the team then as a starter. He's done it all, and seen it all. Now, he's taking on a front office role with the Rangers after it was announced on Thursday that the club has hired Oliver as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels.
Oliver will work with the club's pitchers, joining a list of guys in similar roles for the Rangers in Greg Maddux, Tony Fernandez and most recently Pudge Rodriguez.