It’s all about retirement now for the trio of former major leaguers who participated in Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at the Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Young left the game in January 2014 after playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies in 2013.
He works in the Rangers’ front office under the same special assistant to the general manager title as former pitcher Darren Oliver and legendary former catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
Young spent 12 years of his 13-year major league career in a Rangers uniform. He is a seven-time All-Star who won the American League batting title in 2005 and was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game.
It’s a great honor. I spent a huge part of my career here in Texas. To be able to mix it up with some fans here is really cool.
Michael Young, who will be inducted into the Rangers Hall of Fame on July 30
Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1,030 RBIs in 1,970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).
Young will be inducted into the Rangers’ Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the team’s July 30 game against the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington.
“It’s a great honor. I spent a huge part of my career here in Texas. To be able to mix it up with some fans here is really cool,” Young said. “They’re big fans of the Rangers and fortunately they’ve also been fans of mine. That’s very much a two-way street and I’m very humbled by it.”
Grieve retired in 2005 after a nine-year career that saw him play for the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs.
He is the son of Rangers play-by-play man and former general manager Tom Grieve.
Ben Grieve, who starred at Arlington Martin High School, was an American League All-Star and Rookie of the Year in 1998. He now calls the San Diego area home and spends his time coaching his three children’s sports teams and playing as much golf as possible.
When you play baseball for 30 years, it’s not like you can just turn it off.
Former Ranger David Murphy on retiring
“For me it’s fun because it’s the only chance I get to play. Most retired guys don’t get a chance to play baseball. It’s not like golf or tennis where you continue to play your whole life; once you’re done, you’re kind of done,” Grieve said. “This is the only time; once a year, so it’s fun. Go home a little bit sore every year, but that brings back memories, too.”
Murphy played seven of his 10 big-league seasons with the Rangers, and he’s still getting used to life away from baseball after announcing his retirement from the Minnesota Twins less than two months ago.
“When you play baseball for 30 years, it’s not like you can just turn it off,” Murphy said.
Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame
Member (Year inducted)
Charlie Hough (2003)
Johnny Oates (2003)
Nolan Ryan (2003)
Jim Sundberg (2003)
Buddy Bell (2004)
Ferguson Jenkins (2004)
Tom Vandergriff (2004)
Mark Holtz (2005)
John Wetteland (2005)
Rusty Greer (2007)
Toby Harrah (2009)
Ruben Sierra (2009)
Tom Grieve (2010)
Kenny Rogers (2011)
Eric Nadel (2012)
Ivan Rodriguez (2013)
Tom Schieffer (2014)
Juan Gonzalez (2015)
Jeff Russell (2015)
Michael Young (2016)