WACO, Texas (KWTX) One of the most challenging things a professional athlete can do is walk away from playing the game he or she loves so much.
Former Baylor Bear Shawn Tolleson decided Wednesday that he would be retiring from Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Rangers and Dodgers over five years in the big leagues, but hadn't pitched in a game since 2016.
"I came to that decision that it was the right time to step away from the game as a player," Tolleson said. "It was hard. I'm mostly going to miss being a baseball player and all that that entails. I'm going to miss being on the mound, I'm going to miss being in the clubhouse with teammates, but I'm eager and I woke up this morning happy, and eager to move on and see what else is out there."
Earlier this afternoon, Tolleson joined Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Willie Calhoun, Rangers hitting coach Luis Ortiz and broadcaster Matt Hicks at Jim Turner Chevrolet in McGregor for the Rangers Caravan. This was after making a stop at the First Pitch Luncheon at McLane Stadium and a separate autograph signing.
The team's annual event spans over two weeks. Former MCC Highlander Chris Martin visited Waco last year, but this time it was a chance for other Rangers players to visit central Texas.