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January 12, 2009

Michael Young speaks

Shortstop Michael Young had these things to say in response to news that the Rangers have asked him to move to third base. Read closely. Very interesting. He knows that position changes happen, especially at shortstop, and that there have been whispers about him moving. But he didn't expect it for 2009, especially after winning a Gold Glove in 2008.

On his reaction: "It was shocking, to be honest with you. One thing that deserves to be noted is it wasn’t a request. It was them telling me what was going to happen. That was a fine line that I thought had been crossed."

On the December meeting with general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington: "After a while, I asked them, 'What’s going on here?' At that point, they said I’m a third baseman. If I’m going to have a career with the Rangers, it’s going to be as a third baseman."

“I didn’t think that was a stance that was going to be taken. I didn’t think it was something that was going to be such a hard line. I was disappointed with the way things went, and as a result, here we are."

On what has happened since the meeting: "I did have a conversation with [team president] Nolan [Ryan] a few days ago, and it went very well. Nolan’s call was just to see just where I was at. But the team’s stance was ... their stance hasn’t changed, and neither has mine."

"I sought out some of my teammates, some of my former teammates, people I know in the game and respect, and everybody encouraged the stance I was going to take and said I was doing the right thing."

On what he believes will happen: "I don’t know. Time will tell. They have their stance, and they have mine. We’ll see. It's gotten to be difficult. I’ve earned my job. I feel like all I’ve been my career, and will continue to be, is a team player. That’s what I want to do. But at the same time, a team player, it has to be a give and take with the player. It has to be that everyone’s best interest is at heart.

"I really don’t know. The ball is in their court right now. Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up, I’m going to do my workouts, I’m going to go get ready to play winning baseball. As far as what happens at spring training time will tell."


-- Jeff Wilson







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I like MY, always will, but he received a contract to play for the Rangers, not to play SS.

Only the Rangers would be boneheaded enough to move their Gold Glove shortstop to 3rd in order to bring up an error machine minor leaguer. Speaking of being boneheaded, I've been watching this team "build on youth" for 30 years.

Step 1: Tell fans you're building on youth.
Step 2: Build on youth.
Step 3: Trade youth before you have to pay them any money.
Step 4: Lather, rinse, repeat.

Got rid of my season tickets this year. I'm not falling for it anymore.

In all the years Michael Young has been a Ranger, not once has he been anything but a team player and an excellent role model for kids. This is how we repay him? When Texiera became unhappy in the clubhouse, he started shooting his mouth off and disrespecting people all around him. With Michael, it's just the facts. If the Rangers don't let him stay at SS and end up trading him, I'll drive to Houston to watch baseball....I don't think I'll darken the door of Rangers Ballpark again.

I am a season ticket holder and will remain one. I am a Texas Rangers season ticket holder not a Michael Young season ticket holder. I want him to stay, but stay or go, I am here to watch and support the Rangers. It is the Rangers that have made him a rich man. It is the Rangers that OVERPAID him for his skill set. It is the Rangers that are asking (or telling...I dont care which) to move to another position that supports his abilities and continues the teams movement to the top of the division. Tough decisions have to be made in winning organizations. I hope this ends up being one of those tough decisions made that make us a winning organization. Either way, I will be in my seat this season cheering on the Rangers, whoever is playing SS and 3rd. I still hold out hope MY will see the light

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