Two phrases that come up when I think about Michael Young: Consummate professional and all-time Ranger. He played on some bad Rangers teams, but he stuck it out and was rewarded with two trips to the World Series. He was asked to change positions several times for the good of the team, and most of the time he had no problem with that (his role as Wash’s “Boy Friday” late in his career seemed to wear on him just a bit). When the Rangers put together their 40th Anniversary team, there was no question he would be on it. He retires as the Rangers’ all-time hit leader and with a career .300 batting average. His Rangers batting average was .301, and while he’s only 10th in team history, he has more than 2,000 at-bats on anyone ahead of him. He’s not a Baseball Hall of Famer, but he’ll certainly be a Rangers Hall of Famer one day.
One would hope given his credentials and leadership the Rangers would carve out a role for him soon in player development, if for no other reason than to show younger players how they should approach the game and the community.