Former Gaucho Michael Young Named MLB All-Star

July 5, 2005

Santa Barbara, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, former UC Santa Barbara infielder Michael Young has been selected to play in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. Young, a 1997 graduate of UCSB, is joined by three of his Texas Rangers teammates on the American League roster.

Since joining the Rangers full-time midway through the 2001 season, Young has consistently shown to be one Major League Baseball's best middle infielders. After the departure of former teammate Alex Rodriquez to the New York Yankees before the start of the 2004, Young made the shift from second base to shortstop where he has now earned All-Star honors in each of two seasons there, both as a reserve.

Young is currently hitting .324 with 15 doubles and 12 homeruns, putting him on pace to set career marks in all three categories. And one year off becoming the first player in Texas Rangers history to collect 200+ hits in back-to-back seasons, the now two-time All-Star has already rang-up a team leading 107 hits with one week remaining until the midpoint of the 2005 season.

The 76th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game will played on Tuesday, July 12 at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. The game will be televised live on FOX at 5:00 p.m. PST.