Well, this piece entitled "Don’t tell Michael Young, but 2,000-hit club isn’t very exclusive" is sure something alright:
Michael Young went 2-for-4 last night to reach 2,000 career hits. That they’ve all come for the Rangers is noteworthy and getting there at age 34 means he has a shot at 3,000, but in terms of the attention being given to the actual milestone 2,000 might be just a bit overrated.
Young is the 234th player to reach 2,000 hits, which isn’t exactly exclusive company. By comparison, only 202 hitters have 250 homers and 203 pitchers have 150 wins, and no one really makes a big deal about either of those milestones.
Even reaching 2,000 hits by age 34 isn’t that rare, as Young became the 106th player to do so and if Beltre gets healthy within a few weeks he’ll probably become the 107th guy by the end of the season. Of that group, 27 have gotten to 3,000.
So, just to be clear about this ... per Baseball Reference's Play Index, there have been 14,063 players who have logged at least one plate appearance in a major league game since 1901. Young's hits total ranks among the top two percent of all players to bat in a major league game in the last 110 years, and, though it's gotten quite a bit of local play (which isn't surprising in the least, given that he is one of the better players in the history of this franchise and has spent the entirety of his career with this organization), hasn't been much more than a footnote on a national level.
And we get a headline/post like this, which seems to miss the entire point, as Young himself isn't making any kind of fuss over reaching that milestone, and the milestone itself represents more of an opportunity to step back and appreciate the player than reason to indulge in an all-out lovefest.
Let me put it this way -- I've been fairly critical of Young at various times over the years, and even I find this somewhat off-putting. Gleeman doesn't go out of his way to criticize Young himself, but his perceived attempt at devaluing Young's accomplishment when he actually is in quite an exclusive club comes off as strange, to say the least. I guess this is mostly a jab at the local press for its coverage of him reaching the milestone, but I haven't found that coverage to be exactly over the top, myself, and I'm pretty sure you'd find an equal or greater amount of coverage of such a 2,000-hit milestone being reached in any other city.