BALTIMORE - JULY 26, 2005: Starting pitcher Kenny Rogers #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Baltimore Orioles on July 26, 2005 at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, the Texas Rangers' special assistant to the GM and brother of Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, left Rangers spring training to assume his role as pitching coach for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, the Rangers brought in another member of an ever-growing "pitching braintrust" building within the Rangers' organization.
Kenny Rogers, who is one of the better pitchers in the history of the organization, won five gold gloves as a pitcher for the Rangers (four) and the Tigers (one). He was known as one of the best fielding pitchers of his time while putting up a career ERA of 4.27 with 219 wins in his 20-year career.
Of course, one of the things he'll always be remembered for around here was the time he shoved a local cameraman who was trying to interview him.
“It’s a part of the game too many guys don’t pay attention,” Rogers told The Dallas Morning News. “Your job isn’t finished when you let go of the ball.”
Last season, the Rangers' pitchers had just seven errors, one of the best numbers in the league.