The Texas Rangers will retire Michael Young’s #10 jersey in a pregame ceremony on Saturday, August 31, 2019, before the team’s game against the Seattle Mariners, the Rangers have announced today. He joins Johnny Oates, Pudge Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan and Adrian Beltre as the former Rangers to have their numbers retired.
Young came to the Rangers in a July 19, 2000, deal that sent him and Darwin Cubillan from the Toronto Blue Jays to Texas in exchange for Esteban Loaiza. Seen at the time as a light-hitting, slick fielding second baseman, he developed into a solid hitter who was a seven-time All Star, moving to shortstop prior to the 2004 season, and then to third base prior to the 2009 season, following by a move to a super-utility role after Adrian Beltre was signed prior to the 2011 season.
Young was traded prior to the 2013 season to the Philadelphia Phillies, was dealt by the Phillies to the Dodgers in the summer of 2013, and retired after that season. He ended his career with a .300/.346/.441 slash line, 2375 career hits, and a career bWAR of 24.6.
Young’s biggest impact may have been off-the-field, where he established himself as a clubhouse leader and one of the really good people in the game. He was universally respected throughout baseball, and is currently a special advisor to the general manager in the Rangers’ front office.