<b>DH/Infielder -- Texas Rangers</b><br />Young has been among the AL's most consistent hitters over the past decade, and examining his swing, you can see why. At the plate Young lowers his hands as he begins his foot placement.
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With his front knee bent inward, Young is able to keep his front side closed. He comes down lightly on the top front half of his foot, with his knee, hip and shoulder still closed. Flying open too soon will sap his power and give him less plate coverage.
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As Young puts his front heel down, his leg begins to stiffen and his hips begin to open as he turns toward the ball. His bat remains back and cocked.
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Young drives his back knee toward his front knee and gets good hip turn as he brings the bat head down to the ball. He's in a balanced posture at the point of contact.
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As Young begins to follow through, he gets full extension with the bat, which travels up over his back shoulder. His back foot is up on its toes, which enables him to unleash his hips and finish with authority.
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Young releases his top hand as he completes his follow-through. He picks up the flight of the ball and prepares to make the transition from hitter to baserunner.
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The 2011 season has been one of Young's best. 
At age 34, he achieved the highest average of his career (.338) and led the American League in hits for the second time (213).
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Young has never been known as a power hitter; his season high is 24 (in 2005), and he went deep only 11 times in 2011. Instead, Young slashes the ball to all fields. He's surpassed 30 doubles for nine straight seasons and had 41 this season.
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Young eclipsed 200 hits for the sixth time in his career and the first time since 2007, when he completed a run of five straight 200-hit seasons. His six seasons rank him third among active players, behind Ichiro Suzuki (10) and Derek Jeter (seven).
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Young, who made the All-Star team for the seventh time, has an outside shot at joining the 3,000-hit club someday. He notched his 2,000th career hit this season and has proven to be a durable player over the years.
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Michael Young

DH/Infielder -- Texas Rangers
Young has been among the American League's most consistent hitters over the past decade, and examining his swing, you can see why. At the plate Young lowers his hands as he begins his foot placement