Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/15/12
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Ron Washington intends to stand by his man.

Though Michael Young entered play Tuesday tied for the lowest WAR (wins above replacement) number among qualifiers, the Texas Rangers manager said he has no plans to fiddle with Young in the lineup.

Young was 1-for-3 as the first baseman in Texas' 3-0, two-hit loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday. It kept his batting average at .269 and his on-base-plus-slugging percentage at .643. He ranked 136th of 145 qualifiers in OPS at the start of the day Tuesday.

"I know his season isn't up to par on what he's capable of doing, but I'm not getting off the ship," Washington said. "He's done it for 12 years, and the bottom line is before the year is over, he's going to do something grand for this club. I'm willing to wait for it as the manager. If fans are jumping off the ship, I'm a little surprised after all he's done for this team.

"He does way more than what happens whenever he gets in the box. He busts his butt every day working early. He works with other players to try and help them get better. I'm a big believer in Michael Young. And if the ship sinks, I'll still be on it."

Young's WAR is minus-1.6, tied with Kansas City's Jeff Francoeur for the worst in the majors. WAR's complicated formula has become a go-to tool for many fans and executives craving some kind of total-worth index. It tries to rank how many wins above a generic replacement-level player a specific player is worth. The Angels' Mike Trout is the current major league leader with a 6.9 WAR. A year ago, Young's WAR was 3.8.

Young acknowledged that he had some issues earlier in the season getting his hands through the zone, but said he feels as if he has made significant strides in the last month. The numbers, however, don't support that. He hit .270 with a .656 OPS in the first half of the season, but he is batting .268 with a .607 OPS in the second half. He has a streak of 84 games and 334 at-bats without a homer. Both are the longest of his career.

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