Rockies set to pay tribute to Young
Second baseman homered in Colorado's first home at-bat
DENVER -- Original Rockies second baseman Eric Young, who last played in 2006 with the Padres, will retire as a member of the club. Eric Young Day will be Sept. 12, and the club will honor him during a ceremony at Coors Field before that night's game against the Dodgers.
Young, currently an analyst for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," homered in the Rockies' first at-bat of their first home game, a 9-4 victory over the Expos on April 9, 1993, at Mile High Stadium, and he remained with the Rockies through 1997.
Although Willy Taveras this season has eclipsed Young's club record for steals in a season, 53 in 1996, Young remains the club's career stolen-base leader with 180. Also, Young ranks eighth in club history in runs (378), ninth in hits (626), games (613) and at-bats (2,120) and 10th in doubles (102).
In addition, Young's son, Eric Young Jr., is a prospect in the Rockies' system. He will play outfield for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League this year.
Young also played for the Dodgers (1992, 1997-99), Cubs (2000-01), Brewers (2002-03), Giants (2003), Rangers (2004, 2006) and Padres (2005-06).
On Sept. 12, Young will conduct a press conference with Rockies executives at the Sports Column bar and grill at 1930 Blake St., not far from Coors Field, with fans invited and a limited number of autographed photographs available. Also, the first 5,000 fans to attend the game wit the Dodgers that night will receive a collectible pin, commemorating Young's home run, courtesy of FSN Rocky Mountain and the Sports Column.
In addition, FSN Rocky Mountain will feature Young on "Rockies All-Access" on Sept. 18.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.