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8. Michael Young

With 2,230 Hits as a Texas Ranger, Michael Young led the American League twice in that category and had seven seasons where he reach the 200 Hit plateau.  Young would win the 2005 AL Batting Title and would be an All Star seven times.  Despite his hitting acumen, Young was not the best defensive player (mostly he was inconsistent) and his OBP is a little low considering his Batting Average, which is way his rank may not seem high enough.

Michael Young

Michael Young was a seven time All Star, a former Batting Champion and a two time leader in Hits, but his relatively low bWAR, largely due to poor defensive numbers could easily take him out of the equation for those who follow the SABR stats. Young was a very good player who had well over 2,000 Hits and retired with a .300 Batting Average but he will struggle to make it past the first year on the ballot.

Michael Young to the Texas Rangers HOF

The Texas Rangers have announced that former infielder, Michael Young, will become the next inductee into their franchise Hall of Fame.

Young was a Texas Ranger from 2000 to 2013 and has the team record in At Bats, Runs Scored, Hits, Total Bases, Doubles and triples and is a seven time All Star.  Young would twice lead the American League in Hits (2005 & 2011) and won the Batting Title in ’05.  He is also a five time Texas Rangers Player of the Year.

His overall statistics as a Texas Rangers includes a Slash Line of .301/.347/.444 with 2,230 Hits and 177 Home Runs.  He finished eighth in MVP voting twice.

Young becomes the 20th player to make the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and he is ranked eleventh in our all-time Texas Rangers list.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Michael Young for earning this prestigious honor.

The Texas Rangers to retire Michael Young's #10

Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive.  As such it is news to us that the Texas Rangers will be retiring the number 10 of Michael Young.

Debuting for Texas in 2000 and playing there for 12 seasons, Young would become one of the most successful hitters in franchise history.  The infielder would have six 200 Hit Seasons with two of those years being good enough to lead the AL (2005 & 2011). A seven-time All-Star, Young won the Batting Title in 2005 with a .331 Average and had a .301 Batting Average as a Ranger.  He would also smack 177 Home Runs for the squad.

Defensively, he was incredibly versatile as he played at least 400 Games for the franchise at Second Base, Shortstop, and Third Base and was a Gold Glove winner in 2009 (SS).  He was also known for his selfishness and leadership.

As of this writing, he is the franchise leader in Games Played (1,823), Hits (2,230), Doubles (415) and Runs Scored (1,085).

Young’s number will be officially retired on August 31 of this year.

Young’s #10 joins Ivan Rodriguez (#7), Johnny Oates (#26), Adrian Beltre (#29), Nolan Ryan (#34) and the league-mandated (#42) of Jackie Robinson. 

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Michael Young for earning this very prestigious honor.

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