Nov. 6, 2008
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UCSB baseball player Michael Young made history on Wednesday. Twice, actually.
Young won his first career Gold Glove and was one of four American League players to capture his first-ever fielding award. Starring at shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Young became the first infielder to win a Gold Glove from a team with the worst fielding percentage in the majors.
In 151 games at shortstop this season, Young had a .984 fielding percentage, making just 11 errors in 669 total chances. An All-Star, Young also batted .284 with 12 home runs and 82 RBI.
Young led AL shortstops in fielding percentage. This was his fifth season at the spot since switching over from second base.
Young's previous high for fielding percentage came when he was still a second baseman in 2003 when he had a .987 fielding percentage. This season's was his highest in his career.
Young, who began his UCSB career as an outfielder, was highly praised by former coach Bob Brontsema.
"I'm very happy for Mike," Brontsema said. "I know he has worked hard on his defense and takes a lot of pride in it. He's always been able to hit, but through his hard work he has turned himself into a Gold Glove winner. That says so much about the type of work ethic he has. Most guys just work on the things that they are good at. He has made himself a great all around player."