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Washington likes Young's chances for 3,000

Washington likes Young's chances for 3,000

Washington likes Young's chances for 3,000
ARLINGTON -- Rangers infielder Michael Young went into Sunday's game needing two more hits to reach 2,000 for his career. Manager Ron Washington said he sees Young staying around to collect another 1,000 hits before his career is over.

"If he stays healthy, [he could hit 3,000]," Washington said. "This year, knock on wood, he's got the normal aches and pains, but if he stays away from missing time, Michael will figure out how to get 180, 200 hits every year. That's a thousand hits [more]. He still could pick up another 50, 60 before this year is over, then he only has to get [950]. I think he's got a chance to. He's only 34, so he'll have to play roughly until his 40s. He doesn't look like he's slowing down."

There are 28 players who have reached at least 3,000 hits, and 24 are in the Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter was the last to reach the 3,000-hit level, earlier this season, and Craig Biggio (first eligible for election in 2013), Rafael Palmeiro and Pete Rose (ineligible) round out the four not currently in the Hall.

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Young will likely be the 11th fastest player to reach 2,000 hits in his career since 1900. He went into Sunday having played in 1,620 games. Tris Speaker (10th) reached 2,000 hits in 1,602 games and Ted Williams (11th) did so in 1,638 games.

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