He made two starts with the Rangers after being acquired from the San Diego Padres. He went 2-5 with a double, triple and 2 RBI 9/4 at OAK in his first start with Texas. He is four runs from 1,000 in his career. Among active players, he ranks third with 465 stolen bases, 31st with 996 runs scored and 38th with 659 walks. His contract was purchased from Oklahoma on 8/25 and he batted .222 (6-27) with 2 doubles, 3 triples and one RBI in 9 games. He signed a minor league contract on 8/11 after being released by San Diego on 8/1. He batted .203 (26-128) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 RBI over 56 games for the Padres. His son, Eric Young Jr., led all minor leaguers with 87 stolen bases for the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League (Colorado farm system).
Appeared in 52 games, batting .275 with two homers, nine doubles, seven stolen bases and
22 runs scored...hit .325 against left-handed pitchers...swiped two bases September 13 at San Francisco,
his 67th multi-steal game and first since August 5, 2003 (with Milwaukee at Atlanta)...with 50 or more steals
in a season on three occasions, including an NL-high 53 swipes with Colorado in 1996, ranks third among
active Major Leaguers with 457 steals...that number ranks 46th all-time among Major League leaders...went
0-for-1 as a pinch hitter August 9, to snap a season-high eight-game hitting streak (12-for-29; .414)...knocked
homer number two August 7 at Washington...hit his first homer of the season and drove in a career-high four
August 3 at Pittsburgh...went 3-for-4 with a double July 2 vs. San Francisco...hit the third pinch-hit home run
in club postseason history in the NLDS vs. St. Louis (Jim Leyritz, 1998 vs. Houston and Greg Myers, 1998
vs. Atlanta)...Placed on the 60-day DL due to a separated right shoulder April 8; suffered the injury
crashing into the centerfield wall April 7, the Padres home opener vs. Pittsburgh...doubled and drove in two
April 6 at Colorado...recalled from a rehab assignment and reinstated from the DL July 2.
Batted .288 with 25 doubles in his first American League campaign... started 89 games for Texas: 37 in left field, 23 as designated hitter, 17 at second base, nine in center field, two at shortstop and one at third base... with 50 or more steals in a season on three occasions, including an NL-high 53 swipes with Colorado in 1996, ranks fourth among active Major Leaguers with 450 steals... that number ranks 49th all-time among Major League leaders.
AT THE PLATE: Hit .344 (31-90) through May 29, a span of 28 games... batted .258 (17-66) in his next 20 contests to drop to .308, but hit .432 (19-44) in 12 games from July 11-August 4 to rise to .335... hit .222 (32-144) over final 44 games to finish at .288, his highest average since hitting .297 with the Cubs in 2000... season average was above .300 after 92 of his 104 games played... went 5-5 on July 11 at Boston, matching his career high for hits... hit safely in season high seven consecutive games from May 18-29... recorded two doubles on three occasions... hit safely in 61 games, including 32 multi-hit contests.
IN THE FIELD: Appeared and started at five different positions, in addition to serving as the DH... committed nine total errors, six of which came in 20 games at second base... start at third base on August 20 at Kansas City was first career appearance at the position... started consecutive games at shortstop on August 3-4 at Detroit, first career starts at short... made nine starts in center field, first starts there since 1993.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: Only home run of the year was three-run blast off Barry Zito on September 22 vs. Oakland... long ball gave Texas a 5-2 lead in eventual 5-3 victory... was his first home run since August 14, 2003 at Philadelphia while with Milwaukee... had gone 123 games and 382 at-bats since last homer... had two RBI on July 23 at Oakland, bringing his career RBI total to 500... drove in go-ahead run with RBI single off Barry Zito on April 7 at Oakland, the Rangers' first win of the year.
Split the season between Milwaukee and San Francisco...appeared in 125 games and hit .250 (119-475) with 20 doubles, a career-high 15 home runs and 34 RBI...also stole 28 bases... consistent performer during the season as he hit .251 before the All-Star game and .247 after the break...batted .251 (90-359) vs. left-handers and .247 (55-223) vs. right-handers...the Brewers Opening Day second baseman...went 3-5 with a double and a home run in Opening Day game at St. Louis...had 24 multi-hit games for the Brewers...had a season-high 14-game hitting streak from June 17-July 5...hit .344 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 5 RBI during the streak - the 16th double digit hitting streak of his career...hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games with Milwaukee...hit .276 (24-87) with 5 doubles, 3 home runs and 5 RBI in May for his best month of the season...collected his 1,500th career hit with a single to left field in the eighth inning off Esteban Yan on June 17 vs. St. Louis...registered his 400th career stolen base on August 12 at Philadelphia...belted the third lead-off homer of the season, 20th of his career, July 25 at Colorado off Chin-hui Tsao...ninth player in franchise history to hit an inside-the-park home run on May 11 at Cincinnati off Jeff Austin...traded to San Francisco in exchange for pitcher Greg Bruso on August 19...started 17 of 27 games (all at second base) with the Giants...team went 10-7 with him in the starting lineup...hit .197 (14-71) with 9 runs and 3 RBI in 26 games for San Francisco...longest hitting streak with the Giants was 5 games from August 21-26 where he hit .412 (7-17)...has 9 seasons with 30 or more stolen bases...second to Tony Womack (305) among active players for the most stolen bases since 1997 (282)...ranks fifth among active players with 436 career stolen bases...among active players ranks second in toughest to strikeout averaging just one strikeout every 15.49 plate appearances (trails only Detroit's Fernando Vina at 16.29)...has struck out only 405 times in 6,272 plate appearances.
Played in 138 games hitting .280 with 3 homers and 28 RBI...hit .307 with one home run and 8 RBI after the All-Star Break ...batted .364 in August and .313 in September...ranked second on the team with 29 doubles and 8 sacrifice hits...stole his 400th career stolen base August 27 vs. Chicago to become just the 39th player since 1898 to accomplish that feat...swiped his 30th stolen base September 9 vs. St. Louis marking his eighth consecutive season that he has stolen 30 or more bases, the longest such streak in major league history.
Made 145 starts as the Cubs leadoff batter and hit .279 with 98 runs scored, a career-high 43 doubles, 6 homers, 42 RBI and 31 stolen bases...struck out just 45 times in 672 plate appearances...his ratio of one strikeout every 14.9 trips to the plate was the fifth-best mark in the National League...finished among the National League leaders in doubles (tied for eighth), steals (sixth) and sacrifice bunts (15, tied for sixth)...31-45 in his stolen bases attempts, reaching the 30-steals mark for the eighth time...his club-record streak of 34 consecutive stolen bases (first 6 this year, final 28 during the 2000 season) was snapped April 15 when he was thrown out by the Pirates' Jason Kendall...recorded his 350th big league steal April 5 vs. Montreal...had a 3-steal game July 8 at Detroit and 5 other two-steal contests...when he hit his first homer of the season April 15th off Pittsburgh's Todd Ritchie, it was his 50th career roundtripper...had an 11-game hitting streak July 5-18...over the stretch, he was 20-46 (.435) with 15 runs scored, 6 doubles, a triple, 5 RBI and 8 stolen bases...had a pair of 4-hit games (May 7 at Milwaukee and August 22 vs. Milwaukee), giving him 17 career contests with at least 4 hits...had a pair of leadoff homers (May 11 off St. Louis' Darryl Kile and June 16 off Minnesota's Brad Thomas)...scored 4 runs in a game for the fifth time during his career September 19 at Cincinnati.
The Cubs' most productive leadoff batter in over a decade, stealing a career-high 54 bases and batting .297 with 98 runs scored, 6 homers and 47 RBI...went 54-61 in his steal attempts...the steals total tied for the Cubs' fourth-highest total since 1900...during the modern era, the only Cubs with higher theft campaigns were Frank Chance (67 in 1903 and 57 in 1906) and Bill Maloney (59 in 1905)...had the third-highest steals total in the majors behind Florida's Luis Castillo (62) and Los Angeles' Tom Goodwin (55)...was the first Cub to place in the National League Top 10 since Brian McRae in 1996 (sixth with 37) and the first Cub to crack the Top 5 since Ryne Sandberg in 1985 (fourth with 54)...was the first Cub to finish within 10 steals of the National League leader since 1959, when Tony Taylor swiped 23 bases - 4 behind San Francisco's Willie Mays...successful during each of his last 28 steal attempts - a club single-season record (since 1900 and the longest-such streak of his career)...stole 5 bases May 14 at Montreal, establishing the team record for most steals in a game since 1900...had 6 other multIPle-steal games (including a 3-steal game June 1 vs. Atlanta)...recorded the 300th stolen base of his major league career April 29 vs. Arizona...had 63 walks against 39 strikeouts (in 690 plate appearances)...ranked second in the majors with his average of one strikeout every 17.7 plate appearances...collected 40 doubles, tying for 10th in the National League...hit a trio of leadoff homers, giving him 13 for his career (April 27 off Houston's Jose Lima, May 2 off Houston's Chris Holt and July 8 off the White Sox's James Baldwin)...had 4 4-hit games (May 14 at Montreal, June 1 vs. Atlanta, June 20 at Atlanta and September 26 vs. Philadelphia)...recorded his 1,000th career hit May 5 vs. Pittsburgh - a first-inning single off Todd Ritchie...on June 30 at Milwaukee, he reached base in 7of 8 plate appearances on 5 walks, one hit by pitch and one base hit...2 of the walks came with the bases loaded, as he had the game-winning RBI in the 15th inning of the Cubs' 7-4 victory...batted .417 during a season-high 13-game hitting streak August 26-September 9 (25-60).
Appeared in 119 games for Los Angeles and batted .281 with two homers, 41 RBI and 51 stolen bases - the third-highest total in the National League . . . was the first Dodger to steal 50 bases since Steve Sax (56) in 1983 . . . the National League's toughest batter to fan, as he struck out only 26 times in 534 trips to the plate - a ratio of once every 20.5 plate appearances . . . placed on the 15-Day Disabled List July 24-August 13 with a sprained left ankle.
Stole 42 bases - third-highest total in the National League . . . fanned just 32 times in 513 plate appearances . . . his ratio of one strikeout every 16.0 trips to the plate ranked third in the league . . . was the fourth-toughest batter to double up in the National League, as he grounded into only four twin-killings (1 every 113.0 at-bats) . . . was on the disabled list July 13-31 with a strained right quadriceps muscle . . . also missed the Dodgers' last 11 games after fracturing two bones in his right foot September 14 vs Colorado.
Played for both Colorado and Los Angeles, appearing in a career-high 155 contests and batting .280 with 106 runs scored, 61 RBI and 45 stolen bases . . . was traded to the Dodgers August 19 for pitcher Pedro Astacio . . . was the National League's fourth-hardest batter to fan (1 every 13.3 plate appearances) . . . topped league second baseman in double plays turning 111.
Had one of the best overall seasons of his big league career, going to the All-Star Game and establishing personal highs for batting average (.324), runs scored (113), hits (184) and RBI (74) . . . won a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award and was named to both the Baseball America and The Sporting News post-season all-star teams . . . led the National League in stolen bases (53) and was the hardest batter to fan in the league, striking out just once every 20.7 plate appearances . . . had his first career five-hit game April 27 vs Montreal . . . opened the year on the disabled list after breaking his right hand during a pitching machine mishap in January . . . was activated April 22 . . . entered the record books on June 30 vs Los Angeles, stealing six bases in Colorado's 16-15 victory . . . was just the second modern-day National League player to have a six-steal contest, joining Atlanta's Otis Nixon (June 16, 1991) . . . also tied a record by stealing three bases in an inning (3rd), including his first career steal of home . . . led N.L. second basemen in double plays (109) . . . went 0-for-1 in his first All-Star appearance during the Mid-Summer Classic in Philadelphia.
Batted .317 in 120 contests, seeing action at both second base (77 games) and leftfield (19 games) . . . after spending most of the first half as a utility player, he returned to the lineup regularly July 1 and batted .355 in his final 75 games with 61 runs scored . . . had a career-high 19-game hitting streak July 18-August 10, batting .427 (32-75) with ten steals . . . saw his first career post-season action in the Division Series against Atlanta, going 7-for-16 (.438) in four games . . . homered in Game 3 of the Division Series off John Smoltz.
Spent the season as Colorado's fourth outfielder, appearing in 90 games and batting .272 with 18 steals . . . hit his first career inside-the-park homer April 23 off the Cubs' Dan Plesac at Mile High Stadium.
Was the expansion Rockies' season-opening second baseman, batting .269 in 144 games with three homers, 42 RBI and 42 steals . . . on April 9 in Colorado's first-ever home game, he homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning off Montreal's Kent Bottenfield . . . was on base five times in the Rockies' first Mile High Stadium affair, going 4-for-4 with four runs scored . . . did not homer again until September 26, when he went deep twice against Cincinnati . . . after spending the first half of the season at second base, he moved to leftfield after the All-Star break . . . reached base during 12 straight plate appearances September 19-24 (8 hits, 4 walks).
Saw his first big league action with Los Angeles after being recalled from Triple A Albuquerque on July 30 . . . hit .258 in his first 49 Major League games . . . went 2-for-4 in his Major League debut July 30 vs San Diego, with his first hit coming off left-hander Craig Lefferts . . . hit his first Major League homer September 18 at San Francisco off Bud Black.