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Eric Young

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2001 Bowman Heritage #298 Eric Young

Eric Orlando Young Sr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Eric Young was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and scouts Gil Bassetti and Steve Lembo as a 43rd round pick in the 1989 amateur draft.

Young hit the first home run in Colorado Rockies history; it came as the lead-off batter in Colorado's home opener in 1993, off Kent Bottenfield of the Montreal Expos. He led the National League in July 1995 with a .406 batting average. He also had a 19-game hitting streak that year.

Young was a minor league outfield and baserunning instructor for the Houston Astros in 2010. In 2011, he became a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2014, he moved to the Rockies as first base coach and outfield and baserunning instructor, staying until the end of the 2016 season. In 2018, he was named first base coach of the Atlanta Braves.

Young is the father of Eric Young Jr.. Young Sr. was drafted in the 43rd round of the 1989 draft, only a few spots lower than Jason Giambi, though Giambi would not sign and would later become a second round draft choice. Ironically, Giambi would later become a teammate of Eric's son with the Rockies.

Young was eligible for election to the Hall of Fame in 2012. However, he received only one vote and was dropped from the ballot.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1996)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1996/2B)
  • NL Triples Leader (1995)
  • NL Stolen Bases Leader (1996)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1996 & 1997)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 3 (1996, 1999 & 2000)

Records Held[edit]

  • Stolen bases, game, 6, 6/30/1996 (tied)

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