Michael Young becomes Rangers' all-time hits leader


With a two-run single in a 6-3 win over the Marlins, Michael Young became the Rangers’ all-time hits leader on Wednesday, overtaking Ivan Rodriguez.
1. Michael Young – 1,748
2. Ivan Rodriguez – 1,747
3. Rafael Palmeiro – 1,692
4. Juan Gonzalez – 1.595
5. Ruben Sierra – 1,281
Just halfway through his current seven-year deal that will pay him $12 million a year in 2011 and 2012 and $13 million in 2013, Young should own several more Rangers records by the time he’s done.
Young is currently fourth on the franchise list in both runs and RBI. He’ll pass both Rodriguez and Gonzalez in runs later this year and Palmeiro for first place next year (he’s currently 96 back of Palmeiro). The RBI list is a bit more spread out, as he’s 318 behind Gonzalez in first place.
1. Gonzalez – 1,180
2. Palmeiro – 1,039
3. Rodriguez – 842
4. Young – 762
1. Palmeiro – 958
2. Gonzalez – 878
3. Rodriguez – 866
4. Young – 862
Young is also second in doubles, 20 behind Rodriguez. He’s tied with Sierra for first with 44 triples.
At age 33, Young is a big long shot to get to 3,000 hits. However, he has reversed the decline that seemed to be setting in during 2007 and 2008, suggesting that 2,500 is within reach. Durability is one of his biggest strengths. Young didn’t establish himself as a quality regular until age 26, but he’s played in 155 games seven times in the last eight years and he’s appeared in all 65 Rangers games this year.

Ryan Zimmerman’s spring training has been . . . weird

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Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has played in exactly one Grapefruit league game this year, and that was way back on March 2. Since then he has been totally absent from the Nats’ big league spring games, playing instead on the back fields in sim games and in minor league contests.

While that’s not an unusual course of action for an injured or rehabbing player, both Zimmerman and the Nationals insist that there is nothing wrong with him. Per this report from MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, they’re saying that Zimmerman “simply prefers to get his work done in the more controlled environment of minor league games, where the rules are lax.” He doesn’t have to dive for balls, he can lead off every inning, etc. Manager Dave Martinez says Zimmerman simply doesn’t like the usual spring training grind and that this is working for him so he’s fine with it too.

Are you buyin’ that? Not sure I’m buyin’ that.

I suppose weirder things have happened. The Minnesota Twins once let Jack Morris go back to his farm in between starts rather than stay with the club. Other accommodations have been made for veterans, especially in spring training. But this is way more in keeping with a team hiding an injury. Though I have no idea why the Nats would choose to hide an injury to Zimmerman. They’ve talked at length about Daniel Murphy‘s knees and Adam Eaton‘s seemingly never-ending rehab. If Zimmerman has some aches and pains, you’d think they’d talk about it.

On the other hand, if this is a legit story and it is simply an accommodation for a veteran who doesn’t like the normal spring training grind, look for Zimmerman to be a trailblazer, because there are a LOT of dudes who hate spring training too and would love to change things up like this.