- Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2011 Topps #316.
- Player Name, position, team: Chris Young, outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Major League Debut: August 18, 2006.
- Last Line of Statistics: 2010 stats (Diamondbacks): 156 G, 584 AB, 94 R, 150 H, 33 2B, 0 3B, 27 HR, 91 RBI, 28 SB, 74 BB, 145 SO, .452 SLG, .793 OPS, .257 AVG.
- Any special information about player: Drafted by the White Sox 16th, June 2001. Traded by the White Sox to the Diamondbacks 12/20/2005. Bats: right. Throws: right.
- Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 8. This is his sixth Topps card.
- Blurb on the back: "It was a reality check," Chris said of his subpar 2009 campaign. "It was a sign that, 'Hey, you need to turn things around if you expect to play at this level.' I took it as a challenge." A challenge he surmounted in a big way. The first NL rookie ever to post a 20-HR/20-SB season ('07), Young was the first player in '10 (August 10) to reach those levels."
- Commentary: I was asked recently why I try to put the full name of the player in the commentary of these Random Card of the Day posts. It's simple. Because in a handful of cases, there are players that share the same name. In many unique cases, both players were active in the same period. Would it be better if I put the player's full name in the "Player Name, Position, Team" line instead of in the commentary? What do you think? Today's subject is not the 6'10", All-Star pitcher Christopher Ryan Young, but the 6'2" All-Star outfielder that roamed Chase Field for seven seasons before being traded to Oakland in a three-player deal. After what was probably his best season in the desert (which included an All-Star Game appearance), Young's encore performance included a .236 average, 20 home runs, 71 rbi's, 22 stolen bases, and percentages of .331/.420/.751. In seven seasons as a Diamondback, Young appeared in 885 games, hit for a .239 average, hit 132 home runs, drove in 408 rbi's, stole 112 bases, and owned an OPS of .755. Being primarily a centerfielder in AZ, upon his arrival to Oakland, Young was asked to be able to back up both corner outfield spots. In both LF and CF, he was flawless defensively, committing his only 2 errors covering right. The A's have surprised all of baseball these last two years by winning the AL West. They are no longer a team to be taken lightly, and it is hoped that Young will continue to contribute as the A's defend the Western Division title for the second straight year.
- Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.15-$0.40.
- How many cards of this player do I own?: 32 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2009 Topps Update and Highlights #UH48. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.