Arlington, Tx (Texas Rangers Media Release) — Texas Rangers Senior Executive Vice President Jim Sundberg today announced that he will retire from that position at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Sundberg, who has spent over 30 years as a player, executive, broadcaster, and minor league instructor with the Rangers, will continue to be involved in community and Foundation initiatives on behalf of the organization in a part-time capacity.
“While I am stepping away from a full-time role, I look forward to continuing my long association with the Texas Rangers organization,” said Sundberg. “Being involved in the community has always held a special place for me, and I will remain involved in that capacity.”
Sundberg was appointed Senior Executive Vice President in October 2008. He previously served as Executive Vice President, Communications & Public Relations, Executive Director to the President, and Director of Business Development after joining the Rangers front office in January 2004.
A member of the inaugural class of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame in 2003, Sundberg returned to baseball in 2002, coordinating several community programs for the Frisco RoughRiders and serving as Texas' minor league catching coordinator from 2002-2004. He had previously served as an analyst on Rangers' television games from 1990-95.
Sundberg retired at the end of the 1989 season following a 16-year major league career with the Rangers, Milwaukee, Kansas City and the Chicago Cubs. One of the top defensive catchers in Major League history, he won six Gold Glove awards, was a three-time American League All-Star, and ranks eighth all-time with 1,927 games caught.
Sundberg spent 11 1/2 seasons with Texas and still ranks among the club's all-time leaders with 1,512 games, 544 walks, 27 triples, 4,684 at-bats, 1,180 hits, and 200 doubles. He also maintains the record for the most games caught in one season in the A.L. (155 games in 1975) and was a member of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals. Jim spent just one season in the Minor Leagues during his entire playing career, with Pittsfield in 1973 after being selected by Texas in the first round of the January 1973 amateur draft.
After making tremendous efforts in the community during his playing days, the Rangers placed Sundberg’s name on the club's annual community service award beginning in 1989.