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Delmon young

Delmon Damarcus Young (born September 14, 1985 in {Montgomery, Alabama) is a Major League Baseball outfielder, currently playing for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League. He is the younger brother of MLB player Dmitri Young, an outfielder and first baseman for the Washington Nationals. Despite having little major league experience, Young has already received a reputation around baseball for his strong and accurate throwing arm in the outfield.[1] Don Zimmer, then a consultant with the Rays, has compared Young's arm to that of Jesse Barfield or Raúl Mondesí.

Minor league career[]

Young graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 2003, located in Camarillo, California, whereupon he was drafted first overall in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.[2]

In 2005, Young hit .336 with 20 home runs, 71 RBI and an OPS of .968 in 2005, in 84 games with Double-A Montgomery, winning the Southern League MVP despite playing barely more than half the season. Young was promoted to Triple-A Durham on July 15, 2005, where he batted .285 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 52 games. After the season was over, he was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year, not to mention its #1 overall prospect for the 2006 season. Young finished his minor league career with a .318 batting average.

On April 26, 2006, while playing for the Triple-A Durham Bulls in a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Young threw his bat at the umpire after being called out on strikes. He stared at the umpire for some time and refused to leave the batter's box. He finally did, but then started to return to his dugout and the center field camera caught him throwing his bat underhand, end-over-end, toward the umpire. It hit him on his chest and arm but he was not hurt[3].

The next day, Young issued an apology through his agent, claiming that he had not intended for the bat to actually strike the umpire, but acknowledging that it was unacceptable to have thrown the bat at all. The International League initially suspended Young indefinitely, then announced on May 9, 2006, he would be suspended for 50 games, without pay, retroactive to the day of the incident. Young had the option to appeal the suspension, but chose not to do so. The suspension ended on June 19, 2006.[4]

This altercation was not the first he had had with an umpire during a game. In 2005, while playing for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, Young received a three-game suspension for bumping an umpire.[5]

Major League career[]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays[]

On August 28, 2006, the Rays called Young up to the major leagues[6] after it was decided that Jonny Gomes had to undergo season-ending surgery. Thirty-one games remained of the 2006 Devil Rays season when he was promoted. His first game at the major league level was against the Chicago White Sox and occurred on August 29 2006, ten years to the day after his older brother Dmitri played in his first major league game[7]. In Delmon's first major league plate appearance, White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia hit Young with a first-pitch fastball. After striking out in his second at-bat, Young stroked a curveball for a 412-foot two-run home run, which was his first major league hit[8].

As a 21-year-old in 2007, Young finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting to Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia[9]. Young was also a unanimous selection to the 2007 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. The selection was the result of the 49th annual Topps balloting of Major League managers[10].

On November 28, 2007, the Rays traded Young, along with Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie, to the Minnesota Twins for Jason Bartlett, Matt Garza, and Eduardo Morlan[11].

Minnesota Twins[]

Young had an impressive spring training. In 36 at-bats, he batted .361 with two doubles, one home run, and seven RBI, locking up his spot in left field for opening day.[12]

Through July 20, 2008, Young led all left fielders in assists with eight; however, he was tied for the most errors by a left fielder with six. [13] [14]}} At the end of the 2008 season, Young had played in 152 games with the Minnesota Twins, batting .290 with ten home runs and 69 RBIs. [15]

Detroit Tigers[]

On August 16th, 2011 Young was traded to the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers.

Philadelphia Phillies[]

On January 22, Young and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed on a one-year contract worth $750,000, which could become worth as much as $3.5 million based on roster and performance bonuses. The incentives included provisions that could allow Young to earn up to an additional $600,000 for losing weight and keeping it off during the season. The Phillies intended for Young to start in right field. Young began the season on the 15-day disabled list after having ankle surgery in the off-season. On August 9, after batting .261 with 8 HR and 31 RBI through 80 games, he was designated for assignment to make room for Casper Wells on the active roster. On August 14, 2013, the Phillies released Young after he refused to play in the minors.

Return to Tampa[]

On August 22, 2013, Young signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, who assigned him to the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits. It was his second stint with the franchise. He was added to the major league roster on September 1 when the rosters expanded and was on the Rays' postseason roster as they made it to the American League Division Series.

Baltimore Orioles[]

Young signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in January 2014. On March 29, 2014 it was announced that Young had earned a spot on the Orioles' Opening Day roster. Young hit his first home run as a member of the Orioles on April 8, 2014 in a 14–5 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

On October 3, 2014, Young came in as a pinch hitter with 1 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning of game 2 of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers. He swung at the first pitch and hit a base-clearing double that gave the Orioles a 7–6 lead. The Orioles won the game and took a 2–0 lead in the series.

On December 24, 2014, Young re-signed with the Orioles on a one-year, $2.25 million deal that could reach $3 million if he hits all of the deal's incentives. He was designated for assignment on July 1, 2015. He was released on July 9.

Melbourne Aces[]

On October 10, 2017, it was announced that Young had signed a contract to play for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League in an attempt to resurrect his Major League career.

Acereros de Monclova[]

On February 21, 2018, Young signed with the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. He was released on April 18, 2018.

Pericos de Puebla[]

Young later signed with the Pericos de Puebla on June 18, 2018.

Venezuelan Winter League[]

During the 2018/2019 season, Young played for Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, becoming the first Magallanes player to earn the MVP award for the league. Young played in 61 of 63 games, hitting 19 home runs in 252 at bats. No other player had more than 10 home runs that same season.

Back to Melbourne[]

After spending the 2018/19 winter season in Venezuela, Young returned to Australia in 2019/20 to play for the Melbourne Aces. Young signed on to play for the Aces again in the 2020/21 season.

Hate crimes[]

On April 27, 2012, Young was arrested for aggravated harassment as a hate crime in New York City. The Tigers had been scheduled to play the Yankees later that evening. The New York Police Department said he yelled an anti-Semitic slur while he was intoxicated. Later in the day, Young issued a statement apologizing for his actions. Young was released on $5,000 bail. The Tigers subsequently put Young on the restricted list pending action by Major League Baseball. Young was suspended by MLB for seven days without pay, retroactive to Friday, April 27, for the incident, and ordered to undergo counseling. On November 7, 2012, Young pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment. He was sentenced to perform 10 days of community service and ordered to attend a program at the Museum of Tolerance.

On February 7, 2016, Young was arrested for battery after he allegedly choked and threatened a valet at a hotel in Miami, Florida. The incident occurred when Young tried to enter a club in the hotel that was closed. After being denied entry, Young was said to have made anti-Hispanic comments towards the valet, choked him and threatened to kill him.

References[]

  1. Crasnick, Jerry (2007-06-20). Identifying the elite arms in the game. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  2. Paul C. Smith (2003-06-03). Rays select Young with first pick. Retrieved on 2007-11-29.
  3. Jonathan Mayo (2006-04-26). Young hits ump with bat after ejection. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  4. Young suspended 50 games for bat toss (2006-05-09). Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  5. Kevin Goldstein, Chris Klein, and Matt Meyers (2005-05-02). Daily Dish. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  6. Marc Topkin (2006-08-28). Delmon on the way. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  7. Player File - Dmitri Young. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  8. Doug Harrison. Delmon Young Newsmaker. Archived from the original on 2007-11-21. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
  9. Bill Chastain (2006-11-12). Young runner-up for AL ROY. Retrieved on 2007-11-29.
  10. "Topps announces the 49th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team," KansasCity.Royals.mlb.com, 11/26/07, accessed 11/26/07
  11. Anthony DiComo (2006-11-29). Rays send Young to Twins for Garza. Retrieved on 2007-11-29.
  12. ESPN - MLB Spring Training Stats - Major League Baseball Spring Training Stats
  13. ESPN - MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball
  14. ESPN - MLB Baseball Fielding Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball
  15. [1]

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Preceded by:
Bryan Bullington
First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft
2003
Succeeded by:
Matt Bush
Preceded by:
Melky Cabrera, Andre Ethier, and Nick Markakis
Topps Rookie All-Star Team; Outfielder
2007
Succeeded by:
Incumbent
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