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 Baseball-Reference.com, the 36-year-old Young made just over $52.8MM in his career.