The Rangers announced Wednesday that C.J. Wilson was named 2011 Rangers pitcher of the year and Michael Young the Rangers player of the year. The players were selected in voting handled by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) shortly after the season.
This is Young's fifth player of the year selection, which ties Juan Gonzalez for the most in club history. Young also won the award in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009. He hit a career-high .338, which was third in the AL, and tied for the big league lead in hits with 213. Young added 11 homers and 106 RBIs in 159 games. He helped carry the offense when Josh Hamilton was sidelined for six weeks and Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre were both out at the same time.
Wilson is the pitcher of the year for the second consecutive year, joining Charlie Hough (six), Kenny Rogers (four), Rick Helling (two) and Fergie Jenkins (two) as multiple winners. The left-hander, who is a free agent, was 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts. He led the staff in innings pitched (223 1/3), throwing more than 200 innings for the second consecutive season after making the transition from reliever to starter prior to the 2010 season. Wilson tied for the major league lead in starts with 34.
Young and Wilson, along with several other award winners, will be honored at the 2012 Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show on Thursday, Jan. 12. Click here for more information about the banquet and FanFest.