Kevin Young (baseball)
June 16, 1969 |
|July 12, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|June 27, 2003 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||606|
Kevin Stacey Young (born June 16, 1969) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of twelve seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1992–95, 1997–2003) and Kansas City Royals (1996), primarily as a first baseman. He batted and threw right-handed. Young helped end the most recent baseball players strike in the MLB representing the Pittsburgh Pirates.
When Young was 17 years old, he played on a Kansas City Kansas American Legion team that finished 24th in the nation out of 5,000 teams. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was an All-American and led the Golden Eagles to its first Regional tournament in 1990.
Young was drafted by the Pirates in the 7th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. He quickly moved his way through their minor league system, debuting in the major leagues a little over two years later. In a 12-season career, Young posted a .258 batting average with 144 home runs and 606 RBI in 1205 games played.
At the time of his retirement in 2003, 11 seasons into their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons which lasted from 1993-2012, he was the last remaining player to leave the Pittsburgh Pirates who had played on a winning team with the club (their last winning season before the streak was in 1992, which was his rookie year).
Kevin is known for his kid-friendly humor and desire to educate kids about the game of baseball. He now lives in Arizona, where he lends his support to the Scottsdale Cal Ripken Baseball league and is the Director of Baseball for Protégé Sports.
- Kovacevic, Dejan (December 13, 2007). "Young, Laker are Pirates' lone links to Mitchell". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3