Sunday, March 18, 2012
Better Know a Tiger: Delmon Young
Full Name: Delmon Damarcus Young
Date of Birth: September 14, 1985 (26 years old)
From: Birmingham, Alabama
Weight: 200 lbs (yeah, in his bra)
High School: Adolfo Camarillo (Camarillo, CA)
Journey To Detroit: Drafted #1 overall in the 2003 MLB Draft by Tampa Bay. On November 28, 2007, he was traded with Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie to Minnesota for Eduardo Morlan, Jason Bartlett, and Matt Garza. On August 15, 2001, he was traded to Detroit for Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros.
Best Season: 2010: .298 Avg, 21 HR, 112 RBI, 124 OPS+
Worst Season: 2011: .268 Avg, 12 HR, 64 RBI, 90 OPS+
2012 Salary: $6.75 million
Career earnings through 2011: $11.9 million
-Throwing the ball (Don Zimmer once compared his arm to many of the all-time greats)
-Playing defense (though he’s awful at it)
-Catching the ball
-Minor league umpires
-Closing his mouth while batting
-Being a DH
-Taking a pitch…any pitch
-Being called Elmon
Did You Know?
-Delmon and his brother Dmitri were the first pair of brothers to be top five draft picks. Delmon was 1st in 2003, while Dmitri was 4th overall in 1991.
-Speaking of the 2003 Draft, after Delmon went 1st and Rickie Weeks went 2nd to Milwaukee, the Tigers took Kyle Sleeth with the third pick. This means they passed on other first round selections like Nick Markakis, Paul Maholm, John Danks, Aaron Hill, David Aardsma, Chad Billingsley, Carlos Quentin, and Adam Jones. Seriously, other than Verlander, we are the worst drafting team of all time. Blows my mind. But that’s another ranting post…
-Delmon made his MLB debut on August 28, 2006, which was exactly ten years to the day of Dmitri’s MLB debut. In his first at bat, he was hit by a Freddy Garcia pitch. His next at bat, he K’d. In his third, he got his first MLB hit…a 412 foot home run.
-Delmon joined Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, and Magglio Ordonez as the only Tigers to hit multiple homers in the same postseason game with his two in Game 5 against Texas in the ALCS.
Outlook for 2012
Three of the past four years, he’s led the league in errors by a left fielder. If they somehow convince the man to do what’s best for the team and DH the majority of the time, I expect him to be great. His poor overall numbers last year, I think, were due to injury more than anything, and he's entering his prime right now. He looked much better after the trade to Detroit and was a beast in the playoffs. And he’s been drilling the ball this Spring. So as long as his defense doesn’t kill us, I look forward to DY being the Bosh to Prince and Miguel’s Wade and James. Obviously, the exception being, I would enjoy seeing this group win a championship.