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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Veteran Michael Young may retire

Seeing that the 3,000 hit club is no longer a sure-fire HOF mark…why hang around for another ten years?

Seven-time All-Star Michael Young is “strongly considering retirement” despite the interest of several teams in signing him, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports .

“Young, 37, wants to spend more time at home with his wife and three sons,” Rosenthal reports. “That would be his reason to retire.”

The 2005 American League batting champion split last season between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .279/.335/.395 in 565 plate appearances, with eight home runs. He also played all four infield positions.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2014 at 05:51 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I Am Not a Number Posted: January 15, 2014 at 07:44 AM (#4639275)
Presumed life priorities: full time MLB job, time with family, part time MLB job.
   2. jobu Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:00 AM (#4639282)
The Rangers Hall of Fame, his family, and whatever he has saved from his $90 million career earnings will have to suffice.
   3. God Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:03 AM (#4639283)
This smells like "the team I'm negotiating with isn't offering enough."
   4. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:12 AM (#4639288)
Marshall Sahlins once wrote that "Failing corporate executives and politicians always resign to spend more time with their families." I guess that also applies to failing baseball players.

The whole passage, from this book:
First law of civilization: All airports are under construction.
Second law of civilization: I'm in the wrong line.
Third law of civilization: Snacks sealed in plastic bags cannot be opened, even using your teeth.
Fourth law of civilization: The human gene whose discovery is announced in the New York Times—there's one every day, a gene du jour—is for some bad trait, like schizophrenia, kleptomania, or pneumonia. We have no good genes.
Fifth law of civilization: Failing corporate executives and politicians always resign to spend more time with their families.
   5. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:13 AM (#4639291)
Huh, for some reason I thought he had signed with the Yankees already.
   6. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: January 15, 2014 at 08:27 AM (#4639298)
This smells like "the team I'm negotiating with isn't offering enough."


Exactly.
   7. Covfefe Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:00 AM (#4639314)
Huh, for some reason I thought he had signed with the Yankees already.


He seems a bit unseasoned... perhaps they can lure him out of retirement in a year or two, like they did with Brian Roberts... What? Roberts wasn't retired? Carry on, then.
   8. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:02 AM (#4639316)
I thought Roberts had been retired for like five years.
   9. DL from MN Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:34 AM (#4639333)
I think he was really hoping to go back to the Dodgers. Spending a summer in Milwaukee isn't as appealing.
   10. ThickieDon Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4639339)
Good.

See ya.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4639343)
I'm really shocked Kevin Towers isn't all over this guy with a 3 year offer. Character! Leadership! Intangibles!
   12. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 15, 2014 at 09:45 AM (#4639351)
like they did with Brian Roberts.


Ah-hah! That's who I was thinking of. Pretty similar players. Roberts a smidge worse at hitting, but definitely a better fielder (at his position). Same semi-fluky 2005 season too. And now they are both old and sucky.
   13. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: January 15, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4639393)
I think he was really hoping to go back to the Dodgers. Spending a summer in Milwaukee isn't as appealing.


And the Dodgers kind of used him as a foil during the Uribe negotiations.
   14. You're a clown, RMc! I'm tired of it! Posted: January 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM (#4639437)
Failing corporate executives and politicians always resign to spend more time with their families.

“Young, 37, wants to spend more time at home with his hookers and blow,” Rosenthal reports. “That would be his reason to retire.”

EDIT: With his 104 OPS+ and godawful defense, he doesn't sniff the Hall anyway, even if he plays until he's 50...
   15. snowles Posted: January 15, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4639609)
Traded for Esteban Freakin' Loaiza. Thanks Gord Ash...
   16. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: January 15, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4639770)
Traded for Esteban Freakin' Loaiza. Thanks Gord Ash...


"I'm BAD Ash... and you're GORD Ash! You're a Gordy little two-shoes! Little Gordy two-shoes! Little Gordy two-shoes!"
   17. BDC Posted: January 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4640164)
always resign to spend more time with their families

The academic equivalent is when a chair or dean or provost "returns to their first love, teaching" :)

godawful defense

Young wasn't (at least when lower-case young) a bad defensive player. Every step of his career, though, he was stretched a position or two further on the defensive spectrum than he could handle. If he'd come up strictly as a third baseman, he would have looked decent for five or six years. He was a perfectly good first baseman, though he would only have brought good offense at the position intermittently over the years.
   18. The Good Face Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4640193)
He was a perfectly good first baseman,


Wait, what? When? In 2006 maybe, but he was lousy in 2011 when he first played 1B. And he wasn't some ancient geezer by then either... we're talking about a 34yo player who'd spent most of his career in the middle infield. Or is the argument that he would have been a decent defender if he'd spent his entire career at 1B? That's plausible, but his bat wouldn't carry the position.
   19. BDC Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4640200)
Or is the argument that he would have been a decent defender if he'd spent his entire career at 1B? That's plausible, but his bat wouldn't carry the position

Exactly. Or rather, he'd have been plenty good enough at 1B when he was hitting .325; but he didn't do that every year.
   20. The Good Face Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4640209)
Exactly. Or rather, he'd have been plenty good enough at 1B when he was hitting .325; but he didn't do that every year.


Eh, that player is basically prime Bill Bucker; good average, meh power, no walks, adequate 1B defense. Buckner somehow had a career of 10k PA and amassed a total of 14.7 bWAR.
   21. Covfefe Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4640283)
Bruce Campbell mentions are always a pleasant surprise.
   22. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: January 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4640294)
Bruce Campbell mentions are always a pleasant surprise.

Subtle innuendos follow.

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