Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers today announced details for the ceremony to retire the uniform number 10 of infielder Michael Young on Saturday, August 31 against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The on-field ceremony will begin at 6:40 p.m. with the first pitch of the Rangers-Mariners game moved from 7:05 to 7:35 p.m. that evening.
To celebrate the retiring of Young’s number, FOX Sports Southwest and 105.3 The Fan are teaming up to offer $10 upper level tickets for the August 31 game against the Seattle Mariners by using coupon code YOUNG at texasrangers.com. Tickets for this special offer can be purchased by visiting texasrangers.com/Young or going to the first base box office at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Young will become the fifth Ranger to have his uniform number retired by the club, joining Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s #34 in 1996, former manager Johnny Oates’ #26 in 2005, Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez’ #7 in 2017, and third baseman Adrian Beltre’s #29 this past June. In addition, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 worn by Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player in the major leagues, in 1997.
Adrian Beltre and Ivan Rodriguez will be among the former Rangers attending the August 31 ceremony to honor Young. Speakers will include former teammate Mark DeRosa, Rangers Hall of Famer Tom Grieve, and City of Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, who will proclaim Saturday, August 31 as Michael Young Day in Arlington. Rangers Hall of Fame broadcaster Eric Nadel will serve as the master of ceremonies. There are several tribute videos and special presentations planned.
A special logo commemorating the retirement of Young’s #10 will be used on the game bases and on other field elements that evening.
Young, who re-joined the Rangers as Special Assistant to the General Manager in November 2014, retired in January 2014 after an outstanding 13-year major league career.
Acquired by Texas from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2000, Michael Young played in a team record 1,823 games from 2000-12. He captured Rangers Player of the Year honors five times, matching Juan Gonzalez for the most in team history and was selected to the A.L. All-Star team at three different positions. Young batted .300 or better a club record seven times including six seasons with at least 200 hits. He won the A.L. batting title in 2005 and was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game at San Diego. Young is the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in his team’s final at bat (2006 and 2008),
He is the Washington/Texas’ all-time leader in games, hits (2230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3286), at bats (7399), and multi-hit games (651) and ranks third in RBI (984) and extra base hits (647) while batting .301 with 177 homers. Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.
Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).
Young’s work in the community earned him two Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards (2008 and 2011) and the Rangers 2010 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.
Tickets for the Saturday, August 31 game and all 2019 Texas Rangers home games can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.
From Rangers PR staff reports