Michael Young, the face of the Texas Rangers and the team’s longest tenured player has said he wants to be traded.
The reason is simple. The Texas Rangers have moved Michael Young all over the infield during his career at Texas and never gave him the respect he deserved.
Michael Young was one of the premiere second basemen in the league when he started his career at Texas. He hit .306 in 2003, leading all players at his position.
The Texas Rangers traded for All-Star second baseman Alex Rodriguez and moved Michael Young to shortstop.
Michael Young then accustomed himself to the new position and, in 2004, hit .313, ranking only second to all shortstops in the league. Young went on to win the batting title in 2005 with a .331 average. He went on to become one of the most dominant shortstops in baseball.
After Young won the 2008 Gold Glove for shortstops in the American League, the Texas Rangers called up Elvis Andrus and asked Michael Young to move to third base.
Michael Young accepted the new role and moved over to become the Texas Rangers new third baseman. Young was selected to represent the American League at third base in the 2009 All-Star game.
In 2010, as the Rangers were closing in on their first ever World Series appearance, Michael Young collected his 1,748th career hit to move into first place on the all-time Texas Rangers career list.
At the end of the season, the Texas Rangers rewarded him by signing third basemen Adrian Beltre. They asked Michael Young to move once again, this time completely off the field and into a role as the designated hitter.
Then Texas signed Mike Napoli and announced he would also play as the Rangers designated hitter.
That was the last straw.
Michael Young asked for a trade.
“The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth,” Young said. “I asked for a trade because I’ve been misled and manipulated and I’m sick of it.
“Other than that, I’m not going to reveal any details about how this process unfolded. It’s not my nature to start blasting people publicly when I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s fair or productive for anybody, particularly my teammates and coaching staff.
“But at the end of the day, I know the truth. And so does (Rangers general manager) JD (Daniels).”
With this, the Texas Rangers will lose their longest tenured player, the face of the franchise and one of the most popular players in the team’s history. The Texas Rangers have mishandled Michael Young his entire career with the team. He has won batting titles, agreed to move all over the field as Texas attempted to bring in the next big thing, and became the team’s all-time leading hitter.
Team owner Nolan Ryan still believes Michael Young will be the starting DH on opening day but the truth is Texas is pushing him out the door.
“This has been a long time coming based on things that occurred off the field,” Young said. “I’m sick of it. It hit a point where I felt it was unfair to me and my family.”
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