According to Jerry Crasnick of CBSSports.com newly acquired Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young has announced that he will not be participating in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for either Team Mexico and Team USA.
Michael Young stated that he would like to spend the up and coming Spring Training time with his team to prepare himself for the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season. Young was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies this past December from the Texas Rangers. Young was traded for pitcher Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Before coming to the Philadelphia Phillies Michael Young spent the last 12 seasons with the Texas Rangers. During his tenure with the team Young became the teams most valuable hitters in the early to mid 00’s. Young won multiple Gold Gloves and was selected to 7 All-Star Games as a member of the team. Young leaves a legacy behind him in Texas and will be handing over his 3rd baseman role over to much younger talent in the Texas Rangers organization.
During his tenure with the Rangers, Young has a career batting average of .301 with 177 home runs and 984 RBI’s. Michael Young this season will more than likely reach 1,000 RBI’s this upcoming with the Philadelphia Phillies.