Born April 23, 1977 - Bedford, TX
Jason Tyner moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 1979 when he was about two. According to Richard Tyner, Jason’s Dad, sports was always a part of Jason’s life. His Dad was his T-Ball coach and observed his ability to pick up the Baseball game before age 5. At the age of 5, Jason not only knew what an unassisted triple play was, he executed it the first time at the age of 5, and he did it again at age 6, all in T-Ball. At that young age, Jason did it by himself….three outs, one play. The Unassisted Triple-Play is Rare. Imagine, since the beginning of recorded baseball in the Major Leagues, it has only happened 15 times to date,
Jason had a Batting cage in His backyard. When Jason would come on from school on a game day, the first thing he did was go hit a couple of buckets of balls by himself. Then the team would come over just before the game to do the same. Jason would then hit another bucket of balls with his team. Jason grew up generally small until he had a rapid growth spurt late after his 12th birthday.
In the early years, Jason played Little League at West End LL (Beaumont, TX). In high school, he was an All-District selection & 1995 22-5A District and was nominated MVP. He graduated from West Brook High School in 1995. He moved on to Texas A&M University, where he was 3 – Time All-American. Jason held a leader position as Single Season Stolen Bases (41) & Hits (107.) His all-time Career Stolen Base was (119) and & Hits (307), again holding the leader position. In 1998 he was named the Big 12 Most Valuable Player. In 1997 Jason was a Member of the USA Collegiate Team.
Upon graduation from college, Jason was the 1st Round Draft Pick of the New York Mets in 1998. He made his first Major League Debut in 2000 with two hits off Hall of Famer Mike Mussina. He established himself as a good baserunner, collecting a then club record and a personal career-best 31 stolen bases. Jason was traded to Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He played for Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2001-2004, and then from 2005-2007, Jason Played for Minnesota Twins.
After his professional career, in 2007, Jason was Inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Fame.