Former Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner announces retirement
By Tyler Kotila
Former Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner retires.
One of the Detroit Tigers backstops from a few years back has decided to step away from the game of baseball and announce his retirement. Catcher Grayson Greiner announced that after parts of five years in the big leagues with the Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks, he was going to hang up the cleats.
Greiner announced on Twitter that he was going to be stepping away from the game after a lengthy career between his time in a South Carolina Gamecocks uniform before getting drafted and working his way through the Detroit Tigers organization.
After all, Greiner became one of the Tigers' backstops after the team moved on from James McCann. Greiner logged 137 games played for the Tigers, and then he appeared in all of two big league games with the Diamondbacks in 2022.
The former Tigers backstop played in 139 career MLB games, where he managed a career slash line of .201/.275/.307 with 17 doubles, a triple, nine home runs, and 46 RBI. When Greiner moved on from the Tigers, he did not really find his way back to the big leagues.
He went through Spring Training with the Minnesota Twins organization and latched on with the Colorado Rockies on a minor league deal, playing in 20 games with the Triple-A affiliate. Things were not going so well for him on the stat sheet, and the backstop decided to move on.
While he may not have been the best backstop, he was one of the players the Tigers relied on at times here, trotting him out there as one of the team's catchers. He served as a depth guy and was present throughout the minor leagues, where he spent most of his time with the Diamondbacks and Rockies, as mentioned above.
He's had a lengthy career in the game after a great college career with the Gamecocks, and Greiner opted to move on and just begin a new chapter in his life after his playing days. He penned a nice message about his retirement as well when he announced it on Twitter. Here's his tweet:
Greiner is a name that most Tigers fans remember from the treacherous years of the rebuild, and he was one of the backstops the team has called upon in recent years. Congratulations to Grayson Greiner and his family on his career in the big leagues and time spent with the Detroit Tigers over the past few seasons.