Phillies: Great players you forgot played in Philadelphia
Michael Young (2013)
When you think of Michael Young, you think of the Texas Rangers. He spent 13 seasons with the organization and didn’t wear another uniform until he ws traded to Philadelphia in 2013.
Young was originally drafted and signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1997 but was shipped to Texas in July 2000 for Esteban Loaiza.
That trade might go down as one of the best in team history, adding a guy who could become the franchise’s all-time leader in games played, hits, singles, doubles, triples, and second in oWAR behind Rafael Palmeiro.
After 13 years with All-Star games, Gold Gloves, and MVP considerations, Young was traded to Philadelphia on December 9, 2012, for Lisalverto Bonilla and Josh Lindblom.
On July 13 he played 24 innings in one day when the Phillies had a doubleheader against the White Sox. He walked it off in game two in the 13th inning bringing home Jimmy Rollins.
Young had such an underrated swing, especially when he’d hit a home run. He hit only 185 in his career, but he made up for it with 441 doubles.
While Young was such a good player and person for the Phillies to have, he was traded on August 31, 2013, with cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Rob Rasmussen.
Young didn’t make it past his first turn on the Hall of Fame ballot, but his number 10 was retired by Texas as the franchise’s all-time hit leader.