ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Young slipped on a No. 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time.
Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. He called his time in Texas the best years of his life.
"I came kind of confident, and stubborn, with a lot to learn," Young said. "In a lot of ways was still immature, trying to figure out who I was, and what I wanted to do and what I wanted to be about, and I figured it all out here."
A seven-time All-Star, Young is the Rangers' career leader with 2,230 hits. The 37-year-old infielder finished as a career .300 hitter in 1,970 games for Texas, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Texas acquired Young from Toronto in July 2000, along with reliever Darwin Cubillian, for pitcher Esteban Loaiza. Young made his major league debut playing twice the final weekend of that season.
Young became a regular in the Rangers lineup after being called up in late May the next season. Texas went from being a last-place team to consecutive World Series in 2010 and 2011. He was traded last winter to Philadelphia, then to the Dodgers at the end of August before the playoffs.
Young has three young sons, ages 17 months to 8 years old, who were all born in Dallas, where he and his wife still live. Playing away from home for the first time last season was difficult for Young, even though he loved his time with the Phillies and hometown Dodgers.
"My boys are the driving reason why my playing days are done," Young said. "You've got to be there with them, you have to be there for every success, every failure. If something doesn't go right, I want them to see me first."
Had Young wanted to keep playing, he said the Dodgers made him a tempting offer that would have provided significant playing time.
Young definitely wants to get back in baseball at some capacity in the future, but isn't in a rush to do so.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, who got emotional at one point during his opening remarks, said the team certainly wants to have Young involved in some way.