Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Michael Young has 200 hits for 6th time
By Richard Durrett
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Texas Rangers designated hitter and super-utility man Michael Young got his 200th hit on Tuesday in Oakland, driving in Josh Hamilton from second on a single to right in the third.
Young, who finished the Rangers' 7-2 win with three hits, now has 200 hits for the sixth time in his career. He's the 16th player in major league history with as many as six 200-hit seasons and the third active player (Ichiro Suzuki has 10 and Derek Jeter has seven).
Young leads the team with 40 doubles and 104 RBIs and is just the fifth player since 1960 with more than one season of at least 200 hits, 40 doubles and 100 RBIs (he also did it in 2006).
Earlier this season, Young also notched his 2,000th hit of his career in a game against the Indians, becoming the 12th player with 2,000 hits for one of MLB's 14 expansion teams since 1961 and the first for the Rangers franchise.
He said he was glad to reach the milestone in front of the home fans.
"They've seen good plays, they've seen errors, they've seen hits and they've seen punchouts," he said. "They've seen all of me so I was very excited to have it happen with them. Obviously I've very appreciative of the support and if there's good feelings towards me. It's definitely a two-way street, and I feel the same way towards them."
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. Information from ESPNDallas.com's Master Tesfatsion was used in this report.