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X'S SAY GOODBYE TO RECORD BOOK LEGEND

X'S SAY GOODBYE TO RECORD BOOK LEGEND

X'S SAY GOODBYE TO RECORD BOOK LEGEND

Michael Lang Ends Illustrious Career, Announces Retirement

 

Sioux City, IA (April 4th, 2022) The Sioux City Explorers have announced that OF Michael Lang is retiring after a nine season career, eight of which he spent with the Explorers. 

Michael Lang began his Explorers career a decade ago in 2012 after going undrafted out of Rutgers. By the end of his time in a Sioux City uniform, Lang’s name stands atop most of the Sioux City career records. 

In eight seasons with the club Lang leads the franchise in games played (588), hits (680), runs (462), doubles (114), triples (33), total bases (963), at bats (2,308), plate appearances (2,626), hit by pitch (55) and strikeouts (522). 

He also leaves as the X’s career leader in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) at 18.66. 

His 720 career American Association hits ranks him seventh all time in the league’s history. 

Over his X’s career, Lang has hit for a .295 career average and has swatted 35 home runs and driven in 256 RBI. For the X’s he ranks third in the career RBI and seventh in home runs.

The now 33 year old outfielder played 50 games in his final season, hitting for a .220 batting average with a homer, eight RBI, eight doubles and six stolen bases.

Lang was also a part of the two best teams that Sioux City has seen play at MercyOne Field at Lewis and Clark park as he was a main catalyst on the league record, 75 win club of 2015. That season he tied a then team record with 10 triples and set a single season record with 45 stolen bases, a number that still stands today. He also hit for a .343 average over 81 games. 

The New Jersey native was also a big piece of the the 2018, 71 win squad where he played in all 100 games, hitting .304 with nine home runs and scored 82 runs.

The Sioux City Explorers 30th year in Siouxland will begin at MercyOne Field at Lewis and Clark Park on May 17 versus the Lake Country DockHounds. Season, Group and Single Game Tickets are now all on sale and can be purchased by calling (712) 277-9467.