DETROIT -- Michael Young took a nine-game hitting streak into Sunday's game against the Tigers. He was 20-for-38 (.526), with two home runs and 10 RBIs during the streak. That has raised his career batting average to .305. Actually it is .30456, which is now the highest batting average in Rangers history for a player with at least 3,000 plate appearances. He passes Rusty Greer, who retired at .30452. Ivan Rodriguez is right behind at .30361, but since he is retiring on Monday, he won't be able to catch Greer. Those are the only three Rangers players who had at least 3,000 plate appearances and a batting average over .300. All of this is according to STATS Inc., the statistical service favored by the Rangers' media relations department.
But the Rangers' official media guide goes by a different standard. The media lists the Rangers' top 10 career batting leaders with a minimum of 300 games played with the franchise. Under that standard, the Rangers' all-time career batting leader is Al Oliver at .319, with Josh Hamilton second at .313. Young is sixth on that list also, trailing Will Clark at .308, Julio Franco at .307 and Alex Rodriguez at .305. All of this is not of particular interest to Young.
"If I was retiring today ... maybe," Young said. "But it's safe to say I don't care."