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Former Texas Rangers star Michael Young retires, ending 14-year career

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Michael Young, who has had a highly impressive career around Major League Baseball, is retiring from the game after 14 seasons.

The 37-year old spent 12 of his 14 seasons as a member of the Texas Rangers, where he broke nearly every major offensive record. He was a seven-time All-Star, and was named the 2006 All-Star Game MVP after hitting a game-winning two-run triple to give the American League the victory. The Rangers congratulated Young, issuing this statement on Thursday night:

The Texas Rangers want to congratulate Michael Young on his outstanding Major League career. For 12 seasons in a Rangers uniform, he was a standout performer on the field and the consummate role model in the community. Michael is a leader, and he demonstrated those skills every day of the season, year in and year out. We are proud to say that Michael Young is this franchise's all-time leader in games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. He excelled at multiple positions and came through in the clutch.

When Texas advanced to postseason play in 2010 after an 11-year drought, teammates and fans everywhere were especially happy that Michael had reached the playoffs. And he was an integral performer in those Rangers' back-to-back World Series runs.

The Rangers wish Michael, his wife Christina, and sons Mateo, Emilio, and Antonio the very best as they enter a new chapter in their lives. And we want them to know there will always be a place for the Youngs in the Texas Rangers family.

Young was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft. In 2000, he was traded to the Rangers along with pitcher Darwin Cubillan for pitcher Esteban Loaiza.

He was the Rangers' second baseman through 2003. Following that season, the Rangers traded shortstop Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and infielder Joaquin Arias. Young moved to shortstop to fill the void and then moved to third base after the team signed Adrian Beltre after the 2009 season.

After the 2012 season, the Rangers traded him to the Phillies, and then he was dealt to the Dodgers late last season. He ended his playing career as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers during their NL playoff run. He apparently turned down offers from the Dodgers and Brewers this offseason, but decided to hang up the cleats and spend more time with family.

He will announce his retirement as a Texas Ranger at a 4 P.M. CT new conference on Friday at The Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers will live stream the event on their website.

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