Update: Michael Young will officially announce his retirement at a 4 PM press conference tomorrow in Arlington. He will, as expected, retire as a Texas Ranger.
On Tuesday, I had a post talking about Michael Young, where I entertained the idea of the Rangers bringing him back into the fold in a limited front office role should he decide to retire. Then at 3:57 PM, we got this bit from Ken Rosenthal:
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 will retire as a lifetime .300 hitter and as the Rangers franchise leader in hits with 2,375. More importantly, he'll mostly be remembered as the leader of the franchises first two World Series teams. Although the Rangers came painfully close in 2011, we'll likely remember the positive contributions, no matter how painful his end in Arlington was to watch.
At the end of the day, I fully expect to see Young retire in a Rangers uniform, and now that the word is official, I wouldn't be surprised to see an offer on the table to be a public face for the front office.
Thanks for all the memories, Mikey Baseball.