Texas Rangers career hit king Michael Young retires
The all-time leader in hits for the Texas Rangers has decided to walk away from the game. Seven-time All-Star Michael Young announced today that his 14th season would be his last, Fox Sports reported and Ken Rosenthal tweeted:
Sources: Michael Young to retire. Had three good offers, including from #Dodgers, but wanted to be with his family.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 30, 2014
Young ends his career with 2,375 hits, including six 200 hit seasons (5 straight from 2003 – 2007) plus a batting title in 2005. He’s the Texas Rangers franchise leader in games, at bats, hits, runs, doubles and triples. He also made 7 All-Star teams and won a Gold Glove. He expanded upon his desire to be with family (via Rosenthal):
Young also said, “I’ve always been a big believer that you can’t just say you’re a dad, you’ve got to walk the walk.” Sons are 8, 4 and 1. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 31, 2014
And it looks like he’ll still be active:
Just spoke with Michael Young. He said he will look for ways to “re-channel” his competitiveness. His first Tae Kwan Do class is Monday. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 31, 2014
Young has been a participant in the past four post-seasons after not being involved in one his first ten seasons, winning two American League pennants but falling short of winning the World Series.
– David Whitlock
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