A Tribute To Rusty Greer
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By Brooke Robinson (Rangers Correspondent): Follow @bka_9
The name Rusty Greer means more than just a jersey with number 29 on it in Texas. In the short-lived history of the Rangers, Greer is one of the players who has impacted it most. Not just for his bat and his glove, but for his attitude and his interaction with fans. Greer was the player you needed in the bottom of the 9th, and the one you wanted in the heat of August when you needed hope.
Thurman Clyde “Rusty” Greer (born January 21, 1969 in Fort Rucker, Alabama) was chosen in the 10th Round of the 1990 Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers. Greer spent four seasons in the Texas minor league system, until he was called up in May of 1994. He had a solid year in Arlington, hitting .314 and even finishing 3rd in the AL Rookie of the Year race.
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The Red Baron became the face of the franchise to the fans over the next six seasons, hitting consistently with flawless outfield coverage. In 1997, which some would say was his career year, Greer played in 157 games with a .321 BA. In the same season he posted 26 HRs, 42 Doubles, and 9 SB. The Outfielder would go on to break the .300 barrier five times, and had 100 Runs, 100 RBI, and 40 Doubles three times each.
Greer is probably most known to baseball fans for his incredible diving catch to save Kenny Rogers‘ Perfect Game in 1994 – when Greer was just a rookie. The Clemente Award finalist ended his career in 2002, when he retired as a Ranger after a long stint of injuries. Sadly, his numbers were overshadowed by those who would later become known as the Steroid Era. This is beyond unfortunate for Greer, who in today’s market would have been a 8 figure a Year Outfielder.
As the games dragged longer into the season, Greer just kept his averages climbing. The man hit for a .322/.401/.920 3 Slash Line after the ALL-Star Break for his entire Career. He loved the confines of hitting at The Ballpark In Arlington – with a Career 3 Slash Line of .317/.406/.902, however he was pretty good on the road too, featuring a 3 Slash of .292/.368/.829. He hit RHP .309/.393/.883 and LHP .293/.469/.815. The man personified a ‘Professional Hitter’ – and his .305 Career Average is still good for 151st best of ALL-Time.
Though Greer might be a long way from Cooperstown, he has been inducted into the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame. We could always wonder “what if” his career had occurred in a different time, and if that would have changed the outcome. But Greer is and will always be revered and loved by Texas fans, young and old.
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Rangers Correspondent’ Brooke Robinson for preparing today’s featured article. Brooke is a junior Sport Management major at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. Spending time at the Texas Rangers spring training facility in Arizona and seeing all of the prospects are what she loves most about baseball. Feel free to follow Brooke on twitter and talk the game of baseball with her. Follow @bka_9
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Posted on February 9, 2013, in MLB Player Profiles, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 1990 Amateur Draft, @bka_9 on twitter, AL MVP voting 1997, AL Rookie of the Year voting 1994, brooke robinson, cooperstown, fort rucker, kenny rogers, Red baron, roberto clemente award, rusty greer, rusty greer rbi pro hitting fence drill, texas rangers, Texas Rangers Hall Of Fame, the ballpark in arlington. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.