Well, it's official.
At 1 p.m. today, former Rangers great Michael Young, who spent 12 seasons in Texas and is the franchise's all-time leader in several categories, will officially be announced as a new special assistant to the GM, the same title held by guys like Greg Maddux and Pudge Rodriguez.
It's a swift 180 from two years ago when Young was traded to Philadelphia after basically forcing his way out with public spats with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. The divorce was bitter, but the reunion was quick.
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Young had an emotional retirement ceremony in Arlington with Daniels and former Rangers skipper Ron Washington by his side, and now just 11 months later is joining forces with Daniels to help build the Rangers back to prominence.
"On behalf of the Texas Rangers, I am very happy to welcome Michael back to the organization,” Daniels said in a release from the club. “Michael had a major impact on this franchise during an exceptional playing career, and his leadership was an integral part of the success we enjoyed in winning consecutive American League championships.
"Michael will be a significant asset to our baseball operations group in a variety of areas. He has already been involved in our major league managerial search and player discussions this fall. I look forward to working with him as we prepare and plan for 2015.”
In addition to his new gig, Young and his wife have been elected to the board of directors of the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
It's a good day for the Rangers, and it's good to see Young back in the organization.