- Eric Young (baseball)
Infobox MLB retired
Second Baseman/ Outfielder
birthdate=birth date and age|1967|5|18
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers(by|1992, by|1997-by|1999)
San Francisco Giants(by|2003)
* Texas Rangers (by|2004, by|2006)
San Diego Padres(by|2005-by|2006)
* All-Star selection (1996)
Silver Slugger Awardwinner (1996)
Eric Orlando Young (born
May 18 1967in New Brunswick, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball second basemanand left fielder. He played college baseball for Rutgers University.
Young began his MLB career with the
Los Angeles Dodgersin 1992, but soon became one of the original Colorado Rockiesin 1993. He hit a home runin the Rockies' first-ever home at baton April 9, 1993, as part of a 11-4 home win over the Montreal Expos. [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070721&content_id=2101421&vkey=news_col&fext=.jsp&c_id=col] He helped Colorado to its first postseason series appearance in 1995, which they lost to the Atlanta Braves, three games to one. His best seasons came with the Rockies, where he was an All-Star and a Silver Slugger Awardwinner in 1996 at second base. In 1996, he hit .324, with 8 home runs, 74 RBI and 53 stolen bases.
During the 1990s, Young was one of the top base stealers in the major leagues. He is the Rockies career leader in stolen bases and is in the top 10 in many other offensive categories. On June 30, 1996, he managed to steal second base, third base, and home plate in one inning in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1997, fan favorite Young was traded back to Los Angeles for pitcher
Pedro Astacio. While in Los Angeles during 1998-1999, Young continued his consistency by stealing bases and hitting for solid averages.
Young was traded by the Dodgers to the
Chicago Cubsin 1999. In 2000, while a member of the Cubs, he hit .297, with 6 home runs, 98 runs and 54 steals. In 2001, he enjoyed a similar season. In January 2002, Young signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2003, he hit 15 home runs, a career-high that almost doubled his previous best of 8 home runs. Young went on to play with the Texas Rangers and the San Diego Padres, where he was mainly used as a pinch runner. On August 1, 2006, Young was released by the Padres. He was subsequently reacquired by the Rangers and joined the team later that month. In late October, he declared free agency, but did not end up playing in the Majors again.
Young's son, Eric Young, Jr., is following in his father's footsteps. Eric Jr. graduated from
Piscataway Township High Schoolin 2003 and is now a member of the Colorado Rockiesminor league system.
Young is now an analyst for
ESPN's nightly show " Baseball Tonight" and has been named the "President of the Souvenir City Chamber of Commerce."
Young will officially retire as a member of the Colorado Rockies on
September 12, 2008. [http://cbs4denver.com/sports/Rockies.young.retire.2.809861.html] He is expected to be honored during a pregame ceremony that same day at Coors Fieldbefore the Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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List of Major League Baseball players with 400 stolen bases
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