Texarkana, USA – February 12, 2019 – George Dobson Field has been home to many collegiate players striving to make it into the big leagues. This field has seen amazing athletes step in and work magic. George Dobson Field is currently home to The Texas A&M Texarkana Eagles and to your Texarkana Twins. However, The Dob as some people call it was first home to Texarkana College. A local community college who up until the end of their baseball program produced excellent players. One of these players being 2 time World Series Champion and 3 time All- Star Hunter Pence. Yesterday, the Texas Rangers signed outfielder, Hunter Pence, to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Hunter pence is no stranger to the DFW area. He grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas and played ball at UT- Arlington which is only minutes away from Globe Life Park. Home of the Texas Rangers. However, before attending the University of Texas in Arlington. Hunter Pence’s first collegiate experience took place here in Texarkana. His home field while playing for Texarkana College was our very own George Dobson Field. Hunter Pence is well known in the TCL as he was part of the inaugural season in 2004 playing for the Highland Park Blue Sox. Pence was also a part of the first ever draft class to come out of the Texas Collegiate League in 2004.
Hunter pence played for several teams in the MLB but found the most success with the San Francisco Giants. While with the Giants Pence was a part of taking home two World Series Championships. Hunters time with the Giants was shortened due to a thumb injury diving for a ball. The Giants released him leaving him in the Free Agent market. Hunter was far from being ready to retire and knew that if he could get back on track and work on some adjustment that a team would pick him up.
With this decision he decided to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic in order to get his rhythm back during the off season. After playing in the Domincan Replublic Hunter Pence established himself as a veteran. The Texas Ranger picked up the right fielder in hopes he can be the key veteran role that the Texas Rangers need after veteran Adrian Beltre retired at the end of the 2018 season.