Thursday, January 10, 2008

#11 Mike Young



Why this card is awesome: It's a great shot of Young, pensive as he leans against the batting cage, waiting for his turn to rake.

Cool stat: Young had one excellent year in 1985, with an OPS+ of 136. Had he appeared in more games, he might have topped 35 HR and 100 RBI, and perhaps had a different career. But anyway, of his 72 career HR, he hit 3 apiece off 3 different pitchers. He owned Bruce Hurst and Curt Young, posting a combined OPS over 1.500 in nearly 40 PAs. But while he also had 3 HR of Willie Hernandez, those were his only 3 hits in 16 ABs against Hernandez. If you follow that link and click on Willie's name to see the individual PAs, you can see that 5 of them ended the game: 4 strikeouts and 1 walk-off homer.

5 comments:

LKWDLYNX said...

One of just a few uniforms Mike Young would wear that year as he would be traded to the Phillies in March and trade later that same year to the Brewers, but oddly enough was not in the traded set..........

Andy said...

Ahh, the traded set. We'll come to that in good time.

RickRodriguez1 said...

Nice work on a friend of mine Mike Young! Mike was introduced to me by a golfing buddy, and we've played many rounds together including a tournament in Arizona. As you can probably guess, Mike has incredible swing speed with his Driver, and hits a very long ball. Mike grew up in my old hometown of Hayward, California, and attended Hayward High School. Along with his baseball talent, he was a heckuva Basketball player in High School and led his team to many league and regional titles. Other golfers he's introduced me to include Mike Davis (A's & Dodgers) and Shooty Babbitt (Oakland A's).

Andy said...

Thanks for the info on Mr. Young!

RickRodriguez1 said...

Oh and another thing about Mike Young, Hayward High School has produced many outstanding athletes. You might recognize Jack Del Rio former NFL linebacker, and current NFL coach, and Eddie House from last year's NBA Champion Boston Celtics!