Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:05 PM
Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:10 PM
Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, longtime Rangers infielder Michael Young retired today after 14 major-league seasons.
Young spent his first 13 MLB years as a Ranger, playing second-base, shortstop, third-base, first-base and finally DH. He arrived as a middling middle-infield prospect without any remote hint of fanfare.
He ends his career as the Rangers' all-time hit leader, with a batting title, seven appearances in the All-Star Game and an great deal of respect from the fans, media members and players with whom he spent the last 14 years.
Young will retire as a Ranger in a press conference on Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. We will stream the news conference live on WFAA.com at 4 p.m.
“Michael is a leader, and he demonstrated those skills every day of the season, year in and year out," the team said in a statement Thursday night. "We are proud to say that Michael Young is this franchise’s all-time leader in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. He excelled at multiple positions and came through in the clutch."
Young reportedly was considering an offer to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he played at the end of last season. But the infielder, who batted .279 with a .730 OPS in 2013, decided he would rather spend more time with his family in Dallas than take a limited role with the Dodgers.
The seven-time all star, who was known for his contact-oriented approach, retires with 2,375 hits to his name and a .300 career average.
He led the Rangers to back-toback World Series appearances.
“When Texas advanced to postseason play in 2010 after an 11-year drought, teammates and fans everywhere were especially happy that Michael had reached the playoffs," the Rangers said in the statement. "And he was an integral performer in those Rangers’ back-to-back World Series runs."
We'll have a more detailed career retrospective and reaction later Thursday.