Showing posts with label Michael Young. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Young. Show all posts

World Series Heads to Arlington All Tied Up After Rangers' Ninth Inning Rally

Down to their last three outs and facing another World Series loss, the Texas Rangers hooked up some smart base-running and timely hitting to tie the series at a game a-piece with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night.

Allen Craig once again hit the go-ahead single, this time in the seventh, to give the Cardinals a one-run lead that lasted a whole inning. We totally knew they were gonna blow it as soon as Ian Kinsler dropped a base hit off closer Jason Motte into shallow center field over the head of Rafael Furcal and out of the reach of Matt Holliday in the top of the ninth. Those circus acts always result in at least a run or two.

C.J. Wilson Meets Chris Carpenter for Game 1 of the World Series

Oh my gosh it's World Series time. Finally. Those two days without baseball sucked.

C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers are already in St. Louis getting all geared up for Game 1 against Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals tonight at 8:05pm ET on FOX.

You know, something about C.J. bothers me. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I never have trusted a man who doesn't drink. However, I might change my mind and give him the benefit of the doubt if he pitches a 1-0 shutout and one of his teammates rips his jersey off.

The Rangers are Headed to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the World Series

At last, the Rally Claw meets the . Wonder who would win in a bench-clearing brawl...

The Texas Rangers didn't have to wait very long to see who they'd end up facing in the 2011 World Series. Just a day after they beat the Detroit Tigers to punch their ticket to the Fall Classic, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in Game 6 to send the Milwaukee Brewers packing for the offseason.

This matchup is going to be pretty awesome, pitting All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton against Albert Pujols, while guys like Nelson Cruz and David Freese have become household names as Championship Series MVP's. Then there's the relief corps, which can clearly handle just about any task put in their paths as the starters from both sides have been less than reliable recently.


Michael Young Nails 2,000 Career Hits Over a Decade

Congratulations to Michael Young for accumulating 2,000 hits over his major league career during his Texas Rangers' 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.

The All-Star third baseman entered the game with 1,998 career hits and nailed two infield singles down the third-base line in the fifth and seventh innings off Indians starter Josh Tomlin. Fun fact: His first big league hit came on May 27, 2001, off Baltimore Orioles' right-hander Sidney Ponson, who eventually got too fat to play baseball.

Only two right-handed hitters, and 10 overall in the last century, have reached the 2,000-hit mark faster than Young, who accomplished the feat in his 1,621st career game.

He's also pretty awesome in general, batting .336 with 10 homers and 76 RBI on the season. Rangers manager Ron Washington had some pretty nice things to say about his milestone-reacher:


Michael Young May Be Held Hostage by Rangers

Michael Young has asked the Texas Rangers to trade him. Of course, they are willing to oblige... if it will improve the team.

The Rangers all-time hits leader is not impressed with his changing role, upon last month's signing of free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Young is expected to become the club's primary designated hitter, while serving as a utility man all over the infield.

General manager Jon Daniels had this to say about his longest-tenured player's unhappy disposition:

"Nothing is imminent... [Young] has changed his mind, had a change of heart about that role, and if we can accommodate his request, and in doing so upgrade the club, we certainly would like to do that. It certainly hasn’t gotten to a point where we’ve presented Michael with anything because he’s been clear on his feelings about [being traded to teams not on his list.]"

Young is owed $46 million over the remaining three seasons of his contract —- $15 million in each of the next two seasons and $16 million in 2013 -- and he's made it extra difficult as there are just eight teams not on his no-trade list.


Adrian Beltre Gets Big Money from Rangers

Rumor has it, the Texas Rangers have reached a preliminary agreement with Adrian Beltre on a contract worth $96 million over six years $80 million over five years.

The American League champions have the ability to void the final season of the deal "under certain conditions" like if Beltre is injured or starts to suck. Besides, six years is a pretty big commitment for a guy who will turn 32 this April.

The free agent third baseman turned down his $10 million player option to stick with the Boston Red Sox this offseason. Beltre, who batted .321 with 28 homers, 49 doubles, and 102 RBI made the All-Star team for the first time in his 13-year career last season, oddly enough.

Rangers One Win Away From World Series

Holy crap, we didn't see this one coming. In the franchise's 50th season, the Texas Rangers are just one win away from playing in their very first World Series.

A.J. Burnett did alright in his New York Yankees' Game 4 loss that has the Rangers leading the series 3-1. In fact, he says:
Believe it or not, it’s probably the best I’ve pitched in a long time. It’s one mistake. It was down and away. It just didn’t go where I wanted it to go. I knew he hit it out.


That's a Dozen Cousin

Michael Young being the man.

Of course the last All-Star game ever to be played at the historic Yankee Stadium went into extra innings. Would we have it any other way? I'm sure a few of the folks in the sellout crowd of 55,632 who paid over $700 per lower club ticket appreciate the free baseball.

Among poor pitching and bench management on both counts (12 NL pitchers, 11 AL hurlers and 63 players in all) the longest All-Star game in history saw a record-setting night for both teams, who recorded 34 strikeouts and left 28 men on base.


Michael Young Injury Update

Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young will be sidelined for another week after undergoing surgery to fix a gash in the cartilage of his left ear. Young was beaned in the left side of his helmet (on a changeup) by White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd on Tuesday.

Young's stitches will be taken out next Wednesday, so for the time-being doctors have warned him to stay inside to avoid the risk of infection. This means no baseball.

Young is going to be fine, but is unable to wear a helmet until it heals, mostly due to comfort. He hopes to report back to camp on Friday, where he will be able to play on the field, but avoid any BP.

Outfielder Nelson Cruz had to be scratched from the lineup as well, because of more dizzy spells from when he was smoked in the head by a Yovani Gallardo (MIL) fastball on Monday.


Rangers, Michael Young Come to Terms

The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with All-Star shortstop Michael Young on a new contract extension Thursday worth $80 million over 5 years. In franchise history, the deal is second only to Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $252 million contract cut in 2000.

Acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2000, the 30-year-old Young is a career .300 hitter with 94 homers and 476 RBIs. He batted .314 with 14 home runs and a career-high 103 RBIs last year, his sixth full season with Texas.

The 2005 American League batting champion is currently under contract for the 2007 season, with a $5 million club option for 2008. The Rangers are expected to hold a news conference on Friday to officially announce the deal.