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04/01/2013

You won't believe what Michael Young did

Michael-young-31f3a301d4841de7Baseball's Opening Day is here and for the first time since 2001 Michael Young is not a part of the Texas Rangers roster.
He had been a regular in the Rangers' Opening Day lineup since 2002.

Young was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in the offseason, and in his first game with his new team he was 0-for-2 with - get this - two walks. That doubles his career Opening Day walk total.

Before Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves, Young had drawn exactly one walk in his career on Opening Day from 2002 to 2012 - a memorable base on balls in a blowout win against the Cleveland Indians back on April 6, 2009. Who can forget that?

There may not have been a more aggressive first-pitch swinger in baseball than Young. He graduated from the Rudy Jaramillo School of the First Pitch is the Best Pitch; Young went to the plate hacking rather than trying to tire an opposing pitcher.

Maybe on Monday he was trying to stick to the Ranger fans, and the mathletes who run the team's front office, who didn't think he was patient, or worked pitch counts, enough.

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More a case of getting in touch with his new reality, if you ask me. Yes, he swung away at first pitches here, and, would have continued to if left here. In short, he would have been stubbornly uncoachable.

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