With a pair of hits Sunday night, Michael Young notched 2,000 hits for his career—all as a Texas Ranger. A standing ovation ensued, which led to a tip of the hat from Young to acknowledge this Texas faithful that has stood by him over the years.
To think, just six months ago the prospect of Michael Young getting that hit was in jeopardy.
Back in February, Michael Young verbally requested a trade after he said he was "misled" by management about his role on the team.
The Rangers went out and got Adrian Beltre off the free agent market to him their starting third baseman. The problem here is that Michael Young, one of the all-time fan favorites in Texas, had just moved over to third two seasons prior. Young agreed to be the designated hitter when Beltre was signed, but soon after Young became infuriated with Rangers brass and requested that he be shipped out of Texas.
Six months later and here we are; Young is still a Texas Ranger and he just reached the 2,000-hit plateau. Young has put together a remarkable career in the red and blue and made his case for the Hall of Fame. Don't think he's deserving? He's the third-fastest right-handed batter ever to reach the 2,000-hit mark.
In case you are wondering, that's faster than the man who reached the 3,000-mark earlier this season in the Bronx. If Young was playing for the Yankees or Red Sox, the Hall of Fame would not even be a question.
It's hard to imagine where Texas would be without him this year, but it's almost a given they would not be in first place.