Seeing as he spent 13 years in Texas, it was weird not seeing No. 10 in a Rangers uniform this year. One thing we can rest assured of now though is Michael Young will officially be a Ranger for life after he retired as a Ranger this past week.
“I had a great time in Philadelphia last year and getting to play for my hometown team [the Los Angeles Dodgers] and going to the postseason with them was great but I’m a Ranger,” Young said in a press conference. “I started as a Ranger. I grew up in front of these fans. It was my privilege to play for these fans. I know these fans and they know me. The last game I may have played may not have been in a Rangers uniform, but I’ll always be a Ranger. It’s as simple as that.”
Young was always a dependable. He was the definition of a team player, always willing to sacrifice stats and anything that might make him look better for the better of the team.
When the Rangers drafted Elvis Andrus in 2009, Young took on for the team by switching positions from shortstop to third base to allow Andrus to take that shortstop position. Then, in his last year with the Rangers he sacrificed defensive stats as his primary position became designated hitter. Truth is, he played every position in the infield but pitcher. You don’t find players like that just anywhere.
Rangers general Manager Jon Daniels and Young didn’t always see eye-to-eye but Young says their relationship is solid.
“I’m happy with the fact that Jon and I have a good relationship,” Young said. “We’ve talked on a few occasions recently. I think of the things that happened in the past, the two most disappointed people were Jon and I because we had such a close relationship. But I think having gone through it, we’ve both come out better for it.”
Young is a Golden Glove winner. He’s a seven-time All-Star. He’s also the Franchise’s all-time leader in hits (2230 as a Ranger). He also leads the franchise with most doubles (415), triples (55) and runs (1085).
When it comes to voting for the Hall of Fame, voting for those who played in the steroid era is an iffy decision for most players, but the decision couldn’t be more clear when it comes to Young. He was clean, he was clutch and he is a class act. He deserves a spot in Cooperstown. Let’s just hope the voters see it that way too.