Originally written on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Michael Young was a fashionable pinata after the 2010 season. The Texas Rangers had just signed Adrian Beltre to play third and Mike Napoli to split time between catching and first base. Michael Young was going to be the designated hitter. Michael Young was not happy and requested a trade. He was skewered by this space and by others around the Web. After his 2011 season, nobody is laughing now. Sure, Young still makes a lot of money from an ill-advised contract. Sure, you really should not give him a glove. But boy, the guy handled the transition after his initial pout and quietly put up a monster offensive season. It was a season that rivaled the 34 year old season of a Hall of Fame designated hitter, Paul Molitor. Molitor, like Young, had a difficult season at age 33. But both came back with a vengeance at age 34. Compare the numbers: Molitor (1991 - Twins): .325/.399/.489 .888 OPS. 752 plate appearances. 216 hits Young (2011 - Rangers): .338/.380/.474 .854 OPS. 689 plate ap...
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