ARLINGTON -- Michael Young emerged from the left-field corner at Globe Life Park to a thunderous applause from the sold-out crowd before Saturday's game against the Royals as he became the 20th member inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame.Players from both teams watched from the top steps of their
ARLINGTON -- Michael Young emerged from the left-field corner at Globe Life Park to a thunderous applause from the sold-out crowd before Saturday's game against the Royals as he became the 20th member inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame.
Players from both teams watched from the top steps of their dugouts as members of the Rangers Hall of Fame, some of Young's former teammates and managers, his wife, Cristina Barbosa, and their three children and general manager Jon Daniels took part in the on-field celebration.
"There's no doubt that this was Michael's team when he uniformed up every day and sprinted out onto the field," Daniels said. "In so many ways, this is still his team."
• Young's Rangers career lauded by teammates
It didn't take long for the Rangers to induct Young, who retired after the 2013 season. He spent 12 of his 13 years in the Majors with the Rangers, and holds the franchise records for games played (1,823), hits (2,230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55) and at-bats (7,399).
During those years he played in seven All-Star Games at three different positions, won a Gold Glove at shortstop in '08 and won the American League batting title in '05.
"Fans got to see me play as a young player, when I was in my prime and when I was a veteran that was a little banged up and had to rely on some wits," Young said. "Through it all, this community stood by me, stood by family, as a player, as a neighbor and as a friend."
Young also received tributes on the stadium's video board from former teammates Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and Mark Teixeira, his former manager Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter and Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.
"You were always one of my favorite players to watch throughout my career," Jeter said of Young. " … This just goes to show you're one of the greatest to put on a Rangers uniform of all time."
Young was lauded for his leadership and selflessness. When the team acquired Elvis Andrus in '07, he moved from shortstop to third base. Then when they signed Adrián Beltré in '11, he rotated to first base.
"He was a very unselfish player, he always wanted the best for the team," Andrus said. "He wanted the team to win and was willing to sacrifice. Especially for the player he was, that was huge."
Young's impact on the field was equaled by his involvement in the community off the field. He was a two-time Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award winner and he and his wife serve on the board of directors for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
Shortly after announcing his retirement, he joined the Rangers' front office as a special assistant to Daniels. That's helped him ease into his days off the diamond.
"I blinked and 17 professional seasons kind of flew by and here I am," said Young on Friday during the Rangers Hall of Fame Luncheon. "One thing that helps is that I still have the energy and the role in the organization. For me, that makes the time spent with this organization so much more productive. I'm lucky for that."
Ryan Posner is a reporter for MLB.com based in Texas.