Dmitri Young Retires

Marvin Goodwin of The Oakland Press reports that Dmitri Young officially announced his retirement last night at an event in Waterford, Michigan.  Young made the announcement as he was introduced as the new vice-president and senior advisor of baseball operations for the Frontier League's Oakland County Cruisers. 

Young last played in the majors in 2008, when he posted a .280/.394/.400 line in 180 plate appearances with Washington.  The two-time former All-Star has battled wrist, back and quadriceps injuries over the last two seasons and told The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman last September that he was trying to get back into shape but would take the winter to think about whether or not he wanted to keep playing.

St. Louis drafted Young with the fourth overall pick of the 1991 amateur draft.  In his 13 years in the majors with the Cardinals, Reds, Tigers and Nationals, Young hit 171 career home runs and had a very respectable career line of .292/.351/.475 in 5252 plate appearances.  According to, the 36-year-old Young made just over $52.8MM in his career.

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5 years 5 months ago

Pour one out for the meat hook.

5 years 5 months ago

One of Baseball’s all time characters and he Dmitri really made us Basebalk fans laugh.

Really had an interesting career and will be greatly missed!

Thanks Dmitri!

5 years 5 months ago

for a second i thought that said delmon young retires. had to do a double-take…

5 years 5 months ago

Wow show some respect…Had great fun watching him over the year and couldn’t felt prouder when he CPOTY in 07.

5 years 5 months ago

he has a reason i mean he’s old and he never really started after he left the tigers. he was a backup to nick johnson on the nats so yeah

5 years 5 months ago

Would it be fair to say he was a poor man’s John Kruk? On a side non-fat ESPN analyst side note, Dmitri could have had a more fortuitous career if life didn’t get in the way. Best of luck, Dmitri.