Former Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos
Robinson Chirinos announced his retirement today. The 38-year-old catcher had two stints with the Texas Rangers where he was a solid player and a favorite with fans and the media.
Originally an infielder, Chirinos signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2000 at the age of 16 from Venezuela. The deal that sent Chris Archer to Tampa and Matt Garza to the Cubs.
Chirinos played 20 games for the Rays in 2011 and missed all of them in 2012 due to a concussion. He was acquired by the Rangers early in the 2013 season and spent most of the year at Round Rock, but had a few short stints in the majors that year when he needed to pull the catcher out of the minors in Texas. had.
From 2014 to 2018 Chirinos was a regular on the Rangers roster. He was inevitably assigned the role of backup catcher, but has since exceeded his expectations, gaining more and more playing time as time went on. Due to his late conversion to catching, he was not considered a good defender, but during his Texas tenure he worked hard and improved his defense.
Surprisingly, Rangers declined his club option after the 2018 season. He ended up signing with his 2019 Houston Astros for more than the Rangers refused to pay him, and in 114 games he posted a 3.9 bWAR and had his best season.
The Chirinos re-signed with Texas for 2020, but it didn’t work out and the deadline for a move to the New York Mets was looming. He signed with the New York Yankees in 2021 and was in AAA until he was released mid-season and rejoined the Chicago Cubs, playing 45 games for them.・Spent as a backup for Lucciman.
Chirinos was a fun player to root for and exceeded all expectations in Texas. Here’s to a successful career and, hopefully, a happy post-playing life.