Infielder Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star and the team leader in numerous offensive categories, will be inducted as the 20th member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame in pre-game ceremonies on Saturday, July 30 at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:50 p.m. with first pitch of the Rangers game with the Kansas City Royals being moved to 7:35 p.m. A number of Rangers Hall of Famers will also be in attendance for the induction ceremony.
The 2016 Induction Weekend begins with the Dr Pepper Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Luncheon on Friday, July 29 at the Arlington Convention Center. The luncheon will honor the career of Michael Young with a number of his former teammates including Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Kevin Mench, David Murphy, and Darren Oliver participating in the program. In addition, Rangers Hall of Famer Eric Nadel will host a Conversation with Michael Young. A number of Rangers Hall of Famers and former Rangers are expected to be in attendance.
Net proceeds benefit the Rangers Baseball Foundation, and tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com/community/luncheon or by calling 817-622-7883. The luncheon which is also sponsored by FOX Sports Southwest, 105.3 The FAN, CBS11, and TXA21, begins at 11:30 a.m.
The 39-year-old Young, who re-joined the Rangers as Special Assistant to the General Manager in November 2014, retired in January 2014 after an outstanding 13-year major league career.
Acquired by Texas from the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2000, Young played in a team record 1,823 games from 2000-12. He captured Rangers Player of the Year honors five times, matching Juan Gonzalez for the most in team history and was selected to the A.L. All-Star team at three different positions. Young batted .300 or better a club record seven times including six seasons with at least 200 hits. He won the A.L. batting title in 2005 and was the MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game at San Diego. Young is the only player in All-Star Game history with two game-winning hits in his team's final at bat (2006 and 2008),
He is the Washington/Texas' all-time leader in games, hits (2230), runs (1085), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3286), at bats (7399), and multi-hit games (651) and ranks third in RBI (984) and extra base hits (647) while batting .301 with 177 homers. Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.
Overall, Young batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).
Young's work in the community earned him two Major League Baseball Players Association Marvin Miller Man of the Year Awards (2008 and 2011) and the Rangers 2010 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award. Michael and his wife, Cristina Barbosa, currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation and remain very active in the community.
Tickets for the Saturday, July 30 game and all 2016 Texas Rangers home games can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972RANGERS, or at the Globe Life Park in Arlington first base box office.