July 9, 2004
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UC Santa Barbara baseball player Michael Young, currently a shortstop with the Texas Rangers, has been named to the 2004 American League All-Star Team.
This is the first career All-Star nod for Young, who is currently leading the AL with 124 hits and is on pace for his second consecutive 200-hit season. The Covina, Calif., native is batting a robust .335 in his first season at shortstop after transitioning from second base this off season. At the 75th annual All-Star Game - held Tuesday, July 13 in Houston, Texas - Young will be a backup to starter Derek Jeter.
Young was a three-year letterwinner at UCSB from 1995 through 1997. As a junior, earned All-Big West Conference acclaim after batting .359 with 12 home runs, while his 143 total bases that season were the fourth-most ever by a Gaucho. The previous year, Young started at second base as Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA Tournament.