Former Texas Rangers Infielder Michael Young Says It’s the Dodgers or Retirement


Sep 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Michael Young (10) singles in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young said that he has still not made a decision on whether or not he is going to retire before the start of the 2014 baseball season, but what he did say according to the LA Times is that it is a “safe bet” that if he plays, he will be playing for the Dodgers. Young, a perenal All-Star for the Texas Rangers during his time here, was the Rangers second baseman, short stop, third baseman and designated hitter during his thirteen seasons. And we all know that Michael put up some great number for the Texas Rangers, as he is the all time hits leader with 2230 hits, he had over 200 hits for five seasons in a row, and six seasons overall. Michael also was the face of the Texas Rangers franchise and the undisputed team leader while he with the Rangers.

So will he retire or will he continue to play? Well the fact that the Dodgers are implying that he will man second base every day until their Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero is ready to go, may entice him into staying. He mentions in the LA Times article that he wonders what would have happened if he would have remained at second base his entire career. As a big Michael Young fan, I for one would like to see him come back to the Texas Rangers for one more season, but as a realist I know that is not going to happen. I know he wants to spend more time with his family, and I respect that, but I would like to see him have one more sucessful season for the road before he hangs it up.

Michael will always be a Texas Rangers player in my heart, and I hope when all is said and done he chooses to retire wearing the Texas Rangers uniform he brought so much pride and respect to for many years. Michael Young is a class act, and I hope he gets to finish his career with one more great season, even if it is as a member of the Dodgers. Texas Rangers fans can wait one more season to applaud him