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Michael Young retires after 14 seasons — he was an All-Star Game hero twice

Mike Oz
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Michael Young won't be enshrined in Cooperstown one day, but he had an admirable career that will conclude with a nice round batting average of .300. In baseball, that means you were pretty good.

Young, 37, has decided to retire, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Young spent 13 seasons with the Texas Rangers before splitting the 2013 season with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Teams were still interested in Young, and Rosenthal reports a few deals were on the table. Young had said he was either going to re-join the Dodgers or retire. He opted for the latter, to spend more time with his family.

Young's name is popular in the Rangers' franchise record book. He's the team's all-time leader in hits, runs, double, triples and total bases. He was a seven-time All-Star, who won a batting title in 2005. He led the league in hits twice, as recently as 2011.

There's also this: Young can forever brag about being a hero in the All-Star Game twice, and that's definitely brag-worthy. In 2006, he was named the All-Star Game MVP after hitting a two-run triple in the ninth inning of the American League's 3-2 win.

In 2008, he hit a game-winning sac fly in the 15th inning, ending the longest All-Star Game ever played. The AL won 4-3.

Among the other top Michael Young memories: He hit a game-winning sac fly in Game 2 of the 2011 World Series, and drove in five runs in Game 6 of the 2011 ALCS to send the Rangers to the World Series.

He and his wife have three sons. Now Young will have more time to tell them all those stories.

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