Michael Young retires from Major League Baseball and he went out as he should, as a member of the Texas Rangers. According to ESPN on Jan. 31, Young spoke at length about his great career with the Rangers but still expressed disappointment in how the 2011 baseball season ended.
In 2011, the Rangers finished the season as one of the best teams in baseball, and as Young said, they rolled through the playoffs. Texas was only one out from winning the franchise's first World Series title but closer Neftali Feliz gave up the lead and the St. Louis Cardinals came back to win the game and then win the World Series in Game 7.
According to Michael Young, with no disrespect meant towards the Cardinals, the Texas Rangers were the beat team in baseball that year and the loss in the World Series still stings when he thinks about it.
However, that seemed to be the only regret in Young's long MLB career, where he spent every season but one in Texas. He finished his career with 2,375 hits, finishing both 2005 and 2011 as the hitting leader. He also finished his career ranked 12th in MLB history with 60 triples.
Young said he was retiring so he could be there for his sons as they grew up. His family still lives in Dallas and Young said that, while he loved playing for the organizations, his final year spent in Philadelphia and Los Angeles was hard on him, being away from his family for so long.
Young did not say what was next, although he said he has his plans, which starts with spending more time with his boys. As for baseball, he said he will miss it and hopes to stay involved in the game, but has no plans to get into managing.