It comes as no surprise that fans voted Michael Young onto the Texas Rangers’ 40th Anniversary Team. Young has long been a fan favorite (as evidenced by the once famous YouTube video of the kid crying when it appeared that Young might be traded a couple years back) and he remains the face of the franchise--and a productive one--to this day.
But Young didn’t just make the 40th Anniversary Team--he made it twice. Young was voted the no. 1 shortstop and the no. 2 second baseman, behind Ian Kinsler. Not bad for a guy who was pretty much unknown when he was traded to Texas from Toronto in 2000 in exchange for Esteban Loaiza.
“To be where we are now as an organization, this means a lot to me,” Young said, per the Dallas Morning News. “This is a proud organization. It means a lot to wear this uniform. I'm very proud of it.”
Young wasn’t the only one to receive the double honor: Juan Gonzalez made the team as an outfielder and a DH, and Rafael Palmeiro got the nod as a DH and first baseman.