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  1. It takes some cojones to write a pro Delmon Young article on FG…

    Comment by Daniel — January 4, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Extra points for using “doppleganger”.

    Comment by Rustydude — January 4, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  3. I wonder if Young would do better in Japan.

    Comment by Tim — January 4, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  4. Well obviously his numbers would certainly improve against inferior pitching. But if I were going to imagine the personality makeup of an American player the most ill-suited for playing in Japan, it would be something close to Delmon Young.

    Comment by walt526 — January 4, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

  5. Makes me wonder if we will also see Stripper Delmon, Lesbian Delmon, Fertility Doctor Delmon, and Mexican Wrestler Delmon.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — January 4, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  6. Given 500 at bats, I think Delmon Young could hit 20HR/80 RBI/.270 AVG. It is a real shame this guy refuses to be more patient at the plate. He obviously has the ability to put the bat on the ball but often swings at the first pitch and is a selfish hitter. He has time to turn it around, but he better do it quickly or he will be out of a job, jerks do not last long in the majors, just ask Milton Bradley.

    Comment by Scott — January 4, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

  7. True. I was thinking more of the smaller stadiums and pitchers who throw more strikes.

    Comment by Tim — January 4, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

  8. Ridiculous. Young is a useless ballplayer and an utter waste of roster space in the Major Leagues. He has some right-handed power, but he brings literally nothing else to the table, aside from his off the field issues.

    One of the worst all-around players I’ve ever seen, maybe even THE worst. Terrible, ungainly base runner, horrendously undisciplined hitter prone to grounding into double plays, and a butcher in the field.

    Comment by Dan — January 4, 2013 @ 4:10 pm

  9. i don’t know what his final numbers for 2012 were, but at one point during the season i believe he had 11 HRs and 11 BBs — to your point about patience (or lack thereof)

    Comment by kevinthecomic — January 4, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

  10. Morons

    Comment by k — January 4, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  11. Young has skills that can be utilized. He’s just not worth very much at this point. At the right price he could be a nice pick up for a team that needs a little punch.

    Why would the expectations be that high at this point? He is what he is. It’s not his fault he was drafted #1. He can hit lefties, and at his age there’s still some chance for improvement. More talented hitter than Francouer IMO. Better pedigree. Obviously not a great defender.

    PPL on this site are so high and mighty. This article and some of the comments are classic examples. Kind of sickening at times. And partially why I come here less and less. Bunch of fucking Keith Laws. Ugly sarcastic nerds.

    Comment by k — January 4, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

  12. By far the most surprising thing here is realizing that Delmon Young is under the age of 35. Despite knowing otherwise, watching Delmon for 3 playoff series had me convinced he was pushing 40.

    Comment by Jaack — January 4, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  13. His real doppleganger is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. I can’t help but think of them everytime I see his face.

    Comment by d_i — January 4, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

  14. Probably fewer Jews for him to scream slurs at there.

    Comment by Sparkles Peterson — January 4, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

  15. Is standing behind Jim Thome a baseball skill?

    Comment by Tim — January 4, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

  16. Also, Dude, Mexican Wrestler is not the preferred, uh, nomenclature. Luchadore, please.

    Comment by Choo — January 4, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

  17. Isn’t it ‘doppelganger’?

    Comment by Garbage Pail Kids — January 4, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

  18. Negative points for spelling it wrong.

    Cocksucker.

    Comment by Shock G — January 4, 2013 @ 6:11 pm

  19. Not many Jews, so he should be ok. Look….THAT is a HUGE reason why he’s not getting any offers. Plus, the fact that he’s a fat ass.

    Comment by Matt M — January 4, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

  20. From 2009-2011, Milton Bradley managed to stay on the field for an average of 75 games per season, performing below average as a hitter, fielder, and baserunner. For this, the big jerk received $31,000,000.

    Jerks do just fine in the majors, provided they can hit.

    Comment by Jon L. — January 5, 2013 @ 4:05 am

  21. I just noticed that through age 26, Delmon Young has nearly one thousand (955) hits in 6+ seasons. Presuming he plays twice that many more seasons, through the age of 38 or 39, and can rack up twice that many more hits, he’s got a pretty good shot at 3,000.

    Would this make Delmon Young a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame?

    Comment by Jon L. — January 5, 2013 @ 4:12 am

  22. This.

    Comment by Cliff — January 5, 2013 @ 8:44 am

  23. I think Delmon has some value if used correctly. I would recommend setting his glove in the middle of the left field turf as a late inning defensive replacement and platooning him with a left-handed-hitting turnstile.

    Comment by VC — January 5, 2013 @ 11:53 am

  24. But Delmon can’t hit.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — January 5, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  25. I get the impression that he is the classic uncoachable loafer who turns it on for the post season and gives a glimpse of how good he could be. At this point he is the RH side of a DH platoon or a PH, i.e. a league minimum player or a AAA DH. That said I’d rather have him than Francouer because there is always the outside chance that some coach could reach him and the playoff guy would show up for a couple of full seasons. You’d get yourself a cheap Joe Carter for a couple of years.

    Comment by Tim D — January 5, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  26. You were doing great there until the last paragraph.

    Comment by Dan Greer — January 5, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

  27. Imagine him doing that without having yet hit his decline phase. He’d be a shoo-in for a negative fWAR over his career, too.

    Comment by Dan Greer — January 5, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

  28. He’s already been managed by Joe Maddon, Jim Leyland, and Ron Gardenhire. That’s a pretty good group of managers that are believed to be good player handlers if a manager was going to help him pull it together.

    Comment by Zach — January 5, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

  29. Choo,

    I wasn’t making a luchador joke; I was making a How I Met Your Mother joke.

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — January 5, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  30. He’s a difference maker when he’s going good. He goes on hot streaks where he absolutely carries the team on his shoulder. Clutch RBI’s game after game when he’s most needed. He often figures out the pitchers that others don’t hit very well. His aggressiveness adds contrast to a line-up. He’ll disappear for long stretches also, but that’s usually when everyone else is hitting.

    He’s also been on the AL Central division champs 4 years in a row.

    Comment by 1800 I told you so — January 5, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

  31. Sorry but no comments about Delmon’s gaining easily 30lbs over the course of the last season or so? Entitled, terrible all round player. Why not throw 10 million his way.

    Comment by twoseamer — January 5, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

  32. How I Met Your Mother? That’s even worse.

    Comment by Shock G — January 5, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  33. a whole new audience to enlighten (or piss off) ?

    Comment by Cidron — January 5, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  34. nor field.

    Comment by Cidron — January 5, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

  35. I’ll have you know I am very cute, thank you.

    Comment by thirteenthirteen — January 6, 2013 @ 2:00 am

  36. I’d rather have Francouer seeing that he is actually a capable outfielder and a nice guy instead of a fat asshole.

    Comment by TKDC — January 6, 2013 @ 10:12 am

  37. Delmonatello.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — January 6, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  38. If he were 32 and not 27 Japan would be a perfect situation for him.

    Comment by Kinsm — January 6, 2013 @ 11:32 am

  39. the jews did this .gif

    Comment by Pat — January 6, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

  40. Delmon Young might be an Oakland A’s or Purates type guy.

    Comment by David — January 6, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

  41. NERDS!!!

    Comment by Ogre — January 6, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

  42. Awesome How I Met Your Mother reference.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — January 7, 2013 @ 1:12 am

  43. Nor run

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — January 7, 2013 @ 1:14 am

  44. It’s nice to see Delmon has replaced James Looney as the FG whipping boy.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — January 7, 2013 @ 10:15 am

  45. Your honor I would like to enter the following as evidence in the case of ‘Correlation v. Causation’:

    “He’s also been on the AL Central division champs 4 years in a row.”

    The prosecution rests.

    Comment by Jason B — January 7, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  46. As a Royals fan, I can only wish that Frenchy was making a mere $5 million this year, as the article states…sigh. Shame on me for eagerly anticipating the day that Wil Myers would take over for him.

    Comment by rbt — January 7, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

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