The Los Angeles Dodgers tried to talk Michael Young into holding off his retirement in hopes of him re-signing with the Dodgers. They were open to having Michael compete with Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero for the second base job, but it turns out that there may not be competition after all.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, veteran infielder Michael Young has chosen to retire than continuing his playing career in 2014.
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
As Rosenthal stated in his Tweet, he decided it was time to step away from the game of baseball and focus on his family. A decision that was going to be made sooner or later.
The 37 year old debuted back on September 29th, 2000 with the Texas Rangers and played his last Major League game on September 29th, 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He’ll finish with a .300 batting average, 2,375 hits, 185 home runs and 1,030 RBI’s.
Young spent his 13 year Major League career with three teams, the Texas Rangers (2000-2012), Philadelphia Phillies (2013) and the Los Angeles Dodgers the same year. Michael is a seven time All-Star from 2004-2009 and 2011.
He also won Gold Glove honors in 2008 and the American League batting title in 2005. Hats off to Michael Young for an amazing career.