Shawn Tolleson spoke publicly about retiring, for the first time, on Thursday taking part in the Rangers Winter Caravan that made it’s annual stop in Waco.
Tolleson trying to come back from Tommy John Surgery, suffered a setback during a throwing session last week, and after much thought and prayer he decided to hang up his cleats.
“I’m going to miss being out there on the mound,” he said. “I’m going to miss being in the clubhouse with teammates, but I’m eager. I woke up this morning happy and eager to move on, and just see what else is out there.”
The Allen native got to live a dream playing for his home town team making memories that will last a lifetime for Tolleson.
“My best memories are with the Rangers, probably from that 2015 season, and clinching playoffs,” he said. “That memorable game in Toronto. That’s a historical moment in baseball that I got to be a part of.”
Tolleson tallied 46 career saves with the Rangers 35 of them coming in 2015 when he won Rangers Pitcher of The Year and finished 10th in The Cy Young Award voting [Given to the league’s best pitcher].
After closing out all those games for Texas as he closes down his pro baseball career he will cherish his time in the Rangers uniform.
“To be able to play for the Texas Rangers Organization was so special,” he said. “Not many players get to play for the team they grew up rooting for.”