Michael Young (baseball)

Michael Young (baseball)
Michael Young

Young fielding for the Rangers.
Texas Rangers — No. 10
Designated Hitter/Infielder
Born: October 19, 1976 (1976-10-19) (age 35)
Covina, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 29, 2000 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average     .304
Home runs     169
Runs batted in     917
Hits     2,061
On Base Percentage     .350
Career highlights and awards

Michael Brian Young (born October 19, 1976 in Covina, California) is a Major League Baseball All Star designated hitter and utility infielder for the Texas Rangers.

Young has also played a significant number of games at second base, shortstop, and third base over the course of his career. In 2005, he was the AL batting champion. In 2011, He played a number of games at first base also.


Early life

Young attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School[1] followed by the University of California, Santa Barbara, to which he later donated money to refurbish the school's baseball field.[2]

Young was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign. He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. He did sign three years later, when the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the fifth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft.

Young was traded in 2000 with pitcher Darwin Cubillán to the Rangers for Esteban Loaiza.

Major leagues

Texas Rangers (2000–present)

In 2002, Young placed 2nd in fielding with a .988 fielding percentage. In 2003, Young was 3rd in the league in hits with 204, and led all second baseman with a batting average of .306. Young had a fielding percentage of .987. At the end of the 2003 season, Young moved to shortstop after the Alex Rodriguez trade, to make room for Alfonso Soriano.

In 2004, Young was second in the American League in hits with 216 and at bats with 690, 4th in runs with 114, and 9th in batting with an average of .313. Young finished second among shortstops in RBIs, with 99.

Young won the AL batting title in 2005 with an average of .331, and was first in MLB in hits with 221. He was 2nd in AL in at bats with 668, and his 114 runs were 5th-best in the AL. His 40 doubles were the 8th-best in the AL. Young also established a career-high in home runs with 24. Young's 91 RBIs placed him second among all shortstops in the AL.

Young was elected to the U.S. 2006 World Baseball Classic roster. In the 2006 MLB All-Star Game held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Young was rewarded with the Ted Williams Major League Baseball All-Star Game MVP Award after hitting a game-winning two-run triple in the 9th inning.

During the 2006 season, Young was 13th in the AL in batting with an average of .314. He was second in the majors in hits, with 217, doubles, at 52, and at bats, with 691. Young set a career high and led all shortstops in RBIs with 103. Young was 1st in the AL in fielding percentage at shortstop with .981. Young also played all 162 games of the 2006 season. Young became the 29th player to accumulate 200 hits, 50 doubles, and 100 RBIs in a season. Young became just the 5th player in Major League history to collect 215 hits in three consecutive seasons.

In March 2007, Young agreed to an $80,000,000 contract extension that would keep him with the Rangers until 2013.[3][4]

Young finished the 2007 season with a batting average of .315, which led the Rangers and was 11th-highest in the AL. Young also led the Rangers with 94 RBIs and was second among all shortstops in the AL. Young was second on the team and tied a career high in stolen bases with 13. Young's 201 hits were 4th in the AL, and marked the 5th consecutive 200-hit season, joining Ichiro Suzuki and Wade Boggs as the only players to do so since 1940 and just the second middle infielder, along with Charlie Gehringer, to have accomplished that feat.

Young played in the longest All-Star game in history. He drove in the game-winning RBI at the 2008 MLB All-Star Game after four hours and 40 minutes of playing time. Also, in 2008 Young won the Gold Glove at shortstop for the American League.

In 2009, Young moved to third base to make room for shortstop prospect Elvis Andrus.[5] On April 19, 2009, Young hit his first career walk-off home run, off Royals pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.[6] Young was voted on the AL 2009 All Star team by the players.

On June 16, 2010, Young hit a two-out ground ball up the middle off the Florida Marlins' Jay Buente to collect his 1,748th career hit, and pass Ivan Rodriguez for first place on the all-time Rangers career hit list.[7] On defense, in 2010 he tied for the AL lead in errors by a third baseman, with 19, and had the lowest fielding percentage among them, at .950.[8]

During the 2010–11 offseason, Young said that the Rangers had "misled and manipulated" him and requested a trade.[9] The Rangers, having acquired free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, planned to have Young be the team's primary designated hitter as well as a utility infielder, and see time at first base for the first time in his career. He was a 2011 American League All Star.[10]

On August 7, 2011, Young hit an infield single against Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians for his 2,000th career hit. Young became the first Ranger to reach this milestone.[citation needed]

In 2011, Young batted .338 (3rd in the American League) with 11 home runs, primarily splitting his time between DH (69 games), third base (40 games), and first base (36 games).[10] He tied for the AL lead in hits (213), and was 5th in RBIs (106) and sacrifice flies (9), 8th in on base percentage (.380), and 10th in doubles (41).[10]

Personal life

Young's mother is of Mexican descent. Young met his wife Cristina [who is also of Mexican descent] while in high school. Young's hobbies include billiards and golf.[11] Young is a cousin of former WBO Light Welterweight boxing champion Zack Padilla.[12][13] He and his wife Cristina are very active sponsors in the campaign, Wipe Out Kids' Cancer.[14]

Rangers single-season records

  • Multi-hit games – 70 (2004)
  • Hits – 221 (2005)[15]
  • Doubles – 52 (2006)[15]
  • At bats – 691 (2006)[15]
  • Plate appearances – 748 (2006)[15]

Rangers career rankings

Through 2011:

  • 1. Games – 1,667[15]
  • 1. Hits – 2,061[15]
  • 1. Doubles – 388[15]
  • 1. Triples – 52[15]
  • 1. Runs – 1,006[15]
  • 1. At bats – 6,788[15]
  • 1. Plate appearances – 7,396[15]
  • 1. Strikeouts – 1,082[15]
  • 2. Total bases – 3,060[15]
  • 3. Runs Batted In – 917[15]
  • 3. Extra-Base Hits – 609[15]
  • 3. Sacrifice flies – 64[15]
  • 5. Power-speed # – 114.9
  • 3. Runs Batted In – 917[15]
  • 3. Extra-Base Hits – 609[15]
  • 6. Home Runs – 169[15]
  • 6. Walks – 499[15]

See also


  1. ^ "Michael Young". The Baseball Cube. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/Y/michael-young.shtml. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Alumnus Starting in World Series". The Daily Nexus. October 27, 2010. http://www.dailynexus.com/2010-10-27/alumnus-starting-world-series/. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Texas Rangers sign Michael Young to contract extension". MLB.com. January 15, 2009. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070302&content_id=1822574&vkey=pr_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (March 2, 2007). "Young helps Rangers build stability". MLB.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070302&content_id=1823726&vkey=spt2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (January 15, 2009). "Young will shift to third base". MLB.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=3745615&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved August 4, 2009. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (April 19, 2009). "Young's walk-off homer lifts Rangers". MLB.com. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090419&content_id=4344420. Retrieved April 25, 2010. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (July 16, 2010). "Young now tops on Texas' all-time hit list". MLB.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100616&content_id=11253462&vkey=news_tex&fext=.jsp&c_id=tex. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2010 Regular Season MLB Baseball 3B Fielding Statistics". Espn.go.com. http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/fielding/_/year/2010/seasontype/2/position/3b/league/al/sort/errors/order/false. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Rosenthal: Michael Young Q&A". Msn.foxsports.com. February 8, 2011. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/michael-young-rips-texas-rangers-over-trade-request-controversy-020711. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c "Michael Young Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/youngmi02.shtml. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Michael Young: Biography and Career Highlights". Texas.rangers.mlb.com. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/team/player_career.jsp?player_id=276545. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Michael Young Biography". JockBio. October 19, 1976. http://jockbio.com/Bios/MYoung/MYoung_bio.html. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Texas Rangers News". Dallas Morning News. July 16, 2006. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/071606dnspoyounglede.1636ff3.html. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Wipe Out Kids' Cancer: Home". Wokc.org. May 1, 2010. http://www.wokc.org. Retrieved October 25, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Texas Rangers Top 10 Batting Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/TEX/leaders_bat.shtml. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ichiro Suzuki
American League Batting Champion
Succeeded by
Joe Mauer
Preceded by
Miguel Tejada
Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Most Valuable Player

Succeeded by
Ichiro Suzuki

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