Cooperstown Choices: Eric Young

With the Hall Of Fame election announcement coming on January 9, 2012, it is time to review the ballot, go over the names, and decide who belongs in the Hall Of Fame.

There are twenty seven men on the ballot this year and we will take a look at each one individually prior to official announcements. You can find all of the profiles in the I-70 Baseball Exclusives: Cooperstown Choices 2012 menu at the top of the page.

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In this article, we take a look at Eric Young

Eric Young
Young’s fifteen year career found him in seven different uniforms. He debuted in 1992 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired as a member of the Texas Rangers in 2006. This is his first year on the ballot.

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
1992 LAD 49 132 9 34 1 0 1 11 6 8 9 .258 .300 .288 .588 69
1993 COL 144 490 82 132 16 8 3 42 42 63 41 .269 .355 .353 .708 79
1994 COL 90 228 37 62 13 1 7 30 18 38 17 .272 .378 .430 .808 98
1995 COL 120 366 68 116 21 9 6 36 35 49 29 .317 .404 .473 .876 108
1996 COL 141 568 113 184 23 4 8 74 53 47 31 .324 .393 .421 .814 98
1997 TOT 155 622 106 174 33 8 8 61 45 71 54 .280 .359 .397 .756 88
1997 COL 118 468 78 132 29 6 6 45 32 57 37 .282 .363 .408 .771 86
1997 LAD 37 154 28 42 4 2 2 16 13 14 17 .273 .347 .364 .710 93
1998 LAD 117 452 78 129 24 1 8 43 42 45 32 .285 .355 .396 .751 102
1999 LAD 119 456 73 128 24 2 2 41 51 63 26 .281 .371 .355 .726 90
2000 CHC 153 607 98 180 40 2 6 47 54 63 39 .297 .367 .399 .766 97
2001 CHC 149 603 98 168 43 4 6 42 31 42 45 .279 .333 .393 .726 92
2002 MIL 138 496 57 139 29 3 3 28 31 39 38 .280 .338 .369 .707 88
2003 TOT 135 475 80 119 20 1 15 34 28 57 44 .251 .336 .392 .727 91
2003 MIL 109 404 71 105 18 1 15 31 25 48 34 .260 .344 .421 .764 100
2003 SFG 26 71 9 14 2 0 0 3 3 9 10 .197 .293 .225 .518 39
2004 TEX 104 344 55 99 25 2 1 27 14 43 28 .288 .377 .381 .758 93
2005 SDP 56 142 22 39 9 0 2 12 7 18 12 .275 .356 .380 .737 101
2006 TOT 60 138 20 28 6 1 3 15 8 14 17 .203 .280 .326 .606 61
2006 SDP 56 128 19 26 5 0 3 13 8 13 16 .203 .281 .313 .593 59
2006 TEX 4 10 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 1 1 .200 .273 .500 .773 94
15 Seasons 1730 6119 996 1731 327 46 79 543 465 660 462 .283 .359 .390 .749 92
162 Game Avg. 162 573 93 162 31 4 7 51 44 62 43 .283 .359 .390 .749 92
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
COL (5 yrs) 613 2120 378 626 102 28 30 227 180 254 155 .295 .378 .412 .790 93
LAD (4 yrs) 322 1194 188 333 53 5 13 111 112 130 84 .279 .355 .364 .719 93
TEX (2 yrs) 108 354 56 101 26 3 1 29 14 44 29 .285 .374 .384 .758 93
SDP (2 yrs) 112 270 41 65 14 0 5 25 15 31 28 .241 .320 .348 .668 81
CHC (2 yrs) 302 1210 196 348 83 6 12 89 85 105 84 .288 .351 .396 .747 94
MIL (2 yrs) 247 900 128 244 47 4 18 59 56 87 72 .271 .340 .392 .733 94
SFG (1 yr) 26 71 9 14 2 0 0 3 3 9 10 .197 .293 .225 .518 39
NL (14 yrs) 1622 5765 940 1630 301 43 78 514 451 616 433 .283 .358 .390 .748 92
AL (2 yrs) 108 354 56 101 26 3 1 29 14 44 29 .285 .374 .384 .758 93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2011.

Why He Should Get In
Young had an All Star Appearance and a Silver Slugger award in the same year in 1996. He also led the league in stolen bases that year. His career 465 stolen bases are respectable.

Why He Should Not Get In
Beyond the steals, his numbers are mediocre. He was never known for his glove, did not rack up a high number of hits or doubles and spent a solid but unremarkable fifteen years in the league.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball as well as the Assignment Editor for BaseballDigest.com.
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