Michael Young will be spending the summer of 2014 in Texas.

Michael Young will be spending the summer of 2014 in Texas.

Alas, it will be as a father and a husband, not a Ranger.

On Thursday, shortly after attending son Mateo’s martial arts class, Young confirmed that he was retiring after 13 seasons in the majors. The first 12 of those were spent etching his name atop most offensive categories in the Rangers’ record books.

On Friday, he will officially retire as a Ranger.

Young, who turned 37 on Oct. 19, a day after his last game, said he preferred to call retiring "moving on to the next chapter of my life."

That chapter, he said, will be focused on his three sons — Mateo (8), Emilio (4) and Antonio (1) — and wife Cristina. He chose full-time fatherhood over a part-time role with the Los Angeles Dodgers and a more substantial role with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rangers had also discussed a part-time role with him, but opted to commit fully to Jurickson Profar at second base.

"As baseball players, we are blessed to be able to provide for our families," said Young, who spent 2013 with Philadelphia and theDodgers. "But there is more responsibility to it than that. You have to be there. You have to be involved. You have to dig in. I always felt like the second my sons needed me, I’d be there.

"I sensed that to some degree last summer. I want them to know that whatever the event is, for school, or baseball or a karate tournament, they are going to see two parents there. I have a chance to see them grow into young men and have a huge impact. At the end of the day, the impact you have on your children is the real legacy you leave behind."

As a player, though, Young leaves behind a solid legacy, too. It is one of durability, versatility, excellence and universal respect by peers.

Durability: In his 13-year career, Young never spent time on the disabled list. From 2002, when he made an opening day roster for the first time in his career, through the end of 2013, he averaged 155 games per season. In that time frame, Young’s 1,862 games played rank second in the majors to Ichiro Suzuki (1,904).

Versatility: Young broke into the major leagues as a second baseman, voluntarily moved to shortstop after Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees two years later and then moved to third in 2009. He ended up starting more than 400 games each at the three most demanding spots in the infield. He is the only player since 1920 to have at least 400 starts at all three spots.

When including his 111 appearances at first base over his last three seasons, he becomes one of six players in the last 90 years with 100 or more games at all four infield positions.

Excellence: Young, who won the AL batting title in 2005 with a .331 batting average, finishes with an exact .300 average. He hit better than .300 in seven of his 13 seasons, topped by a .338 average in 2011. In addition, he is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played (1,823), hits (2,230), doubles (415), triples (55) and runs scored (1,084). He is third in RBIs (984) and fifth in home runs (177).

Respect: He was the unquestioned leader in the Rangers clubhouse and was regularly sought out by other players for his thoughts on handling situations on and off the field. Manager Ron Washington left the clubhouse policing to Young.

"He was a great teammate," said former Ranger Ian Kinsler. "He is a great man. And he’s an amazing father."

For now, fatherhood is where Young’s focus will be.

Young, however, also said he expects to get back in the game in some capacity in the not-to-distant future. He is hopeful that will be with the Rangers organization. He and general manager Jon Daniels spent an hour talking recently at an event both attended.

"I loved my time with the Phillies and the Dodgers," he said. "But I’m a Ranger. I always have been and always will be. I started here. I grew up here. These fans know me. It was my privilege to play here. I was here for maybe the most dramatic time in the team’s history. I’m a Ranger. It’s simple as that."

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