September 26, 2007

Michael Young Reaches 200-Hit Milestone

Sept. 26, 2007

Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young reached 200 hits for the fifth consecutive season, becoming only the third player since 1940 to achieve the feat. His 200th hit was an RBI single in the seventh inning of the Rangers' game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Young is only the second middle infielder in the history of baseball to string together five consecutive 200-hit seasons. Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer had five 200-hit seasons from 1933-1937. Wade Boggs and Ichiro Suzuki both had seven straight 200-hit seasons, including this year for Suzuki.

Young played baseball at UCSB from 1995-97, and signed his first professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997. He was the American League Batting Champion in 2005. In addition, Young has appeared in the MLB All-Star Game five times, and was MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game.

After a slow start in 2007, Young's average has steadily climbed since May. In 51 games since Aug. 1, Young is hitting .341.