KY29 Times LLC is a consulting agency birthed by former Major League Baseball player Kevin Young. The passion has always been to serve others in their business endeavors while creating opportunities for growth from within those companies for individual placement and job opportunities for youth. Whether it be educational videos for youth sports, speaking engagements, facilitating body armor options for law enforcement or consulting for MLB teams. Kevin has continued to build relationships with numerous people of influence throughout the country. These friendships and relationships built have shaped his journey as a professional and he has continued to believe that serving others will always be beneficial in both business and working relationships for the future.
Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round of the 1990 MLB Amateur Player Draft and spent 11 big league seasons playing for the Pirates. He also played for his hometown Kansas City Royals in 1996 for a total of 12 seasons.
After being named Pittsburgh’s Minor League Player-of-the-Year in 1991 and the International League’s top prospect in 1992, K.Y. made his Major League debut with the Pirates on 7/12/92 and singled off Cincinnati’s Tim Belcher in his second big league at bat.
Young spent his first full season in the Majors with the Pirates in 1993 and established a club record with a .998 fielding percentage at first base (three errors in 1220 total chances), breaking Willie Stargell’s previous mark of .997 set in 1979. He also connected off San Francisco’s Rod Beck for his first big league home run on 4/9/93 at Three Rivers Stadium.
In his 11 seasons with the Pirates (1992-1995 and 1997-2003), Young played a total of 1022 games at first base and ranks third on the club’s all-time list for games played at that position, trailing Gus Suhr (1339) and Jake Beckley (1045).
Young spent the 1996 campaign in the Kansas City organization before returning to the Pirates for the 1997 season. He set career highs in batting average (.300) in 1997 and in games (159), home runs (27) and RBI (108) the following year. In 1998, he became the first Pirates player to have at least 40 doubles, 25 home runs and 100 RBI in a season since Willie Stargell in 1973.
K.Y. played a total of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in his final game with the Pirates on 6/27/03. He produced a .258 career average, going 1007-for-3897 with 235 doubles, 17 triples, 144 home runs and 606 RBI in 1205 games. Primarily as first baseman, he also made 97 career appearances at third base, 18 in right field and 13 in left field during his big league career.
Young finished his career with 65 home runs hit at Three Rivers Stadium, which ranks fourth on the all-time list behind Willie Stargell (147), Barry Bonds (89) and Dave Parker (88). And only Stargell (184) hit more home runs as a first baseman than Young did (128) in a Pirates uniform. 1997 Kevin was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions from within the Pittsburgh community. In addition, K.Y. is one of only two players in franchise history to collect at least 100 runs, 40 doubles, 20 home runs, 100 RBI and 20 stolen bases in one season. He did so in 1999 and Jason Bay matched the feat in 2005.