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Michael Young to enter Texas Rangers Hall of Fame

Seven-time all-star infielder Michael Young will be inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame July 30, the team announced Friday.

Young, the Rangers’ team leader in numerous offensive categories, will become the 20th member of the team’s Hall of Fame. Other members include Nolan Ryan, Kenny Rogers, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez, Ruben Sierra and Rusty Greer.

Young’s induction will take place before the Rangers take on the Kansas City Royals at Globe Life Park. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. with first pitch of the game being moved to 7:35 p.m.

Young, 39, retired in January 2014 after a 13-year major league career. He rejoined the franchise in November 2014 as special assistant to the general manager.

Acquired 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 American League All-Star team at three different positions. Young batted .300 or better a club record seven times and collected at least 200 hits in a season six times. He won the A.L. batting title in 2005 and was MVP of the 2006 All-Star Game in 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).

Young was a starter at all four infield positions in his Rangers career, earning a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008. Overall, he batted .300 with 185 homers and 1030 RBI in 1,970 games with the Rangers (2000-2012), Phillies (2013), and Dodgers (2013).

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