SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 07: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by manager Ron Washington (L) after scoring a run on a double by teammate Yorvit Torrealba in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in the first meeting between the two teams since the World Series during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Young;Ron Washington
By now, we all know how Michael Young was making news in the off-season.
He had a well-publicized spat with Rangers management, most notably general manager Jon Daniels, and bickered about changing positions for the third time in recent years, this time being moved to "utility man/DH".
But, like the professional he's known to be, he reported to spring training and the issue appeared to be dead. And since the season started, Young has been on a hitting tear.
Now, he is far and away the best hitter on a team that's struggled in the batting average department but has still figured out a way to put runs on the board with fairly good consistency.
Young is showing he's a very capable designated hitter, as he's led the team in average so far with a .356, making him the only regular hitting over .300 (Mike Napoli and the injured Josh Hamilton also are).
He's in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak after picking up a hit on Sunday, which marks the 22nd time in his stellar career that he's had at least a 10-game hitting streak.
When Hamilton broke his arm on a controversial slide and was shelved for two months, someone in the Rangers had to step up in a big way to account for the loss of Hamilton, and so far it's been Adrian Beltre and mostly Young.