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October 24, 2008

Michael Young Man of the Year

Rangers shortstop Michael Young has been tabbed the Marvin Miller Man of the Year. Young will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of his choice. Young received the honor for his leadership skills. He's the first Ranger to ever receive the award, which is in its 12th year.

"It's a credit to the guys that I'm surrounded by, not to mention the work that my wife has done," said Young of the honor.  "I've been blessed with my career.  We are at a point where we want to do everything we can to give back.  The families and people we get to meet on an everyday basis by being active in the community is something we've gotten a great deal of joy out of."

Young, 31, serves as an ambassador for Wipe Out Kids Cancer, an organization committed to eradicating pediatric cancer by funding innovative research, education and treatment.  He is also an active member of the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Action Team national youth volunteer program.  As an Action Team player, he  works closely with Dallas/Ft. Worth high school students to help inspire and train other students to become volunteers in their community.  On the field, Young made his 5th consecutive All-Star Game appearance, and finished the season with a .284 batting average, 12 home runs, 82 RBIs and 102 runs scored.  Defensively, Young posted a .984 fielding percentage, tops among all AL shortstops.

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