Eric Young Sr. Celebrity LifeEric Orlando Young Sr. was born on 18th May 1967 in New Brunswick, New Jersey State, where he was raised and subsequently attended high school as well. Eric Young Sr. attended New Brunswick High School, where he was an all-round jock, playing basketball and football in addition to baseball. He went on to college in Rutgers, The Stats University of New Jersey, where he played on the baseball team as well.
Many of Eric Young Sr.'s most memorable MLB moments were with the Colorado Rockies, including his first home run in April of 1993, which helped defeat the Montreal team, the Expos, in a game on Colorado home turf.
Eric Young Sr later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1997to 1999, then for the Chicago Cubs from 2000 to 2001. He was subsequently traded to the Milwaukee Brewers from 2002 to 2003. He played for the San Francisco Giants in 2003 and then the Texas Rangers in 2004. He was traded to the San Diego Padres, where he played from 2005 to 2006, before going back to the Texas Rangers in 2006.
In October 2006, Eric Young Sr declared free agency but ended up not playing in the Major Leagues again. He retired officially as a member of the Colorado Rockies in September of 2008.
On the day of his retirement, he was honored during a pregame ceremony at Coors Field before the Colorado Rockies played against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Eric Young Sr. was one of the top base stealers in Major League Baseball during the 1990s. To this date, he leads the Colorado Rockies' collective recorded career in stolen bases and he continues to be in the top 10 in multiple offensive categories in Major League Baseball (MLB).
He has been awarded an All-Star award in 1996, a Silver Slugger Award in 1996, as well as been named the NL stolen base leader in the same years His stats through his career were as follows:
- At bat (AB) - 4
- Bse hits (H) - 2
- Home runs (HR) - 0
- Runs Batted In (RBI) - 1
- Stolen Bases (SB) - 1
- Last Game
- At bat (AB) - 1
- Base hits (H) - 0
- Home runs (HR) - 0
- Runs Batted In (RBI) - 0
- Stolen Bases (SB) - 0
Overall Career Stats
Wins Above Replacement (WAR) - 18.8
At bat (AB) - 6119
Base hits (H) - 1731
Home runs (HR) - 79
Batting average (BA) - 0.283
Post his retirement, Eric Young Sr's son, Eric Young Jr., followed in his father's footsteps. Eric Young Jr. went to high school in Piscataway, New Jersey. He graduated high school in 2003 and debuted Major League in August 2009, with the family favorite team the Colorado Rockies after the disabled list found Dexter Fowler on its roster.
Young also served as a sports analyst, especially for baseball, on popular TV sports program Baseball Tonight. Young also served as a running instructor for the Houston Astros. He became the first-named base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks in October of 2010. In October of 2012, Young was fired from the position.
However, Eric Young Sr, undeterred by this firing, joined as a first base coach for the favorite team the Colorado Rockies during the 2014 MLB season. He was fired a mere two years later, during the 2016 MLB season. In 2018, he was again hired as a first base coach for the Atlanta Braves, where he continues to serve his duties as a first base coach to date.
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