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Delmon Young

There was another article in one of the twin cities papers today about Delmon Young’s “Checkered past”. Can anyone provide insight into what this consists of, besides the bat throwing incident?  I am convinced that he is just being lumped in with Dukes, and journalists aren’t willing to do the leg work to figure this out. But thats just me.

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  1. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 9:05 am

    Well he was constantly arguing with the Rays manager last season, to the point of almost being benched at the end of the year.

    And when the Rays drafted him, he was famously quoted as saying he would “do ]his] six and bolt,” which shows a disturbing lack of loyalty to the organization (or a promising desire to be on a winning team).

    There are a number of stupid things he’s done and said in the last 4 years. But I still believe him when he says he’s happy about getting a fresh start. And he made the excellent point that a lot of people do stupid things from the ages of 18-22, but usually that happens in college and nobody notices or cares. His happened to be on television.

  2. FunBobby February 22nd, 2008 9:09 am

    Ok. I read somethings about that bat incident and he chose not to appeal the 50 game suspension, which shows he knew it was wrong and there was no point in dragging out his punishment because his image could only suffer more damage through the appeals process. I also can imagine being on the Rays had at least a little to do with his frustrations boiling over. Not only were they bad, but the Tampa media had nothing else to write about. Every day its “Carl Crawford is still kickass and Delmon Young and Elija Dukes are troublemakers”

  3. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 9:18 am

    Yeah, pretty much.

    And now he’s in an organization whose fans love star-quality players. Delmon said he was shocked at Twins Fest by how many people came up to him, knew who he was, and were really excited that he was with the team.

    Maybe he’s a guy that needs to be shown love and respect; in Tampa Bay, he didn’t get much. He’ll certainly get more in Minnesota. In fact, he already has. (Now it’s time for him to pay it back with his bat.)

  4. The Professor February 22nd, 2008 10:36 am

    Check out the write-up about Delmon HERE

    In addition to those incidents there was apparently a second bat-tossing incident in the minors in which he threw a bat at an opposing pitcher. Little was made of it because he did not actually hit anybody with the bat and there was no video.

  5. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 10:51 am

    I hadn’t heard about the second bat tossing incident. Do you have a link?

    As we’ve been saying around here for quite some time, we’ll see how Delmon shakes out in a Twins uniform. He’s been saying all the right things (something he definitely didn’t do in Tampa Bay). And so far that’s all he’s been able to do; there haven’t been any chances to back up those words with action.

    The linked article is correct, though, that the Twins organization stresses the “team” concept over the individual, and is one of the leaders around the league in that regard. Its assumption that acquiring Delmon Young will somehow destroy that is specious at best; I think it’s more likely that Delmon will change his tune to fit in with the Mauer/Morneau/Cuddyer core, and become as beloved by the fans as Torii was.

    But … we’ll see.

  6. Grizz February 22nd, 2008 12:00 pm

    I think that the worst case scenario with Young as a Twin is that he continues to act like a jerk and doesn’t fit in with the organization and we end up dumping him off to another team. This would be bad, however I agree with the above statement that the Twins have so many outstanding people on their team that the Mauers/Morneaus/Cuddyers will not change their ways and turn the team into the baseball equivalent of the Oakland Raiders. I think Young and the organization realize that he has to change to fit the Twins, and not the other way around. While it would be disappointing to have to get rid of a player like Young, I am fairly confident that the Twins will not lose their reputation as a class act in professional sports and role models for children who want to learn how to play the game correctly.

  7. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 12:46 pm

    Won’t someone please think of the children?!

    You’re definitely right that the worst case scenario is dumping Delmon for pennies on the dollar because he reverted to his old Dukes-ish ways.

    But I just don’t see that happening.

  8. FunBobby February 22nd, 2008 1:54 pm

    I really think Delmon Young’s antics are taken out of context. Like I’ve said before, he may be a hothead, but he keeps it all on the field. He is just an intense competitor. Dukes was breaking state laws in FL. Huge difference. Let’s just let Young play. His bat will do the talking. Which would be cool, having a magic talking bat.

  9. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 1:59 pm

    Delmon’s Bat has a bigger mouth than Delmon. I hope. We’ll have to keep our eye on that this season … though I’m guessing the entire country will be doing that for us. And they’ll probably be paying more attention to the mouth on his face than the mouth on his Bat.

    When’s the over/under on the first time the DelBat belts a home run? One week into the season?

  10. FunBobby February 22nd, 2008 2:02 pm

    First series against LAA. Dead center over a leaping Torii Hunter. That really wasn’t an over under. So i guess I’ll take the under if the over/under is 1 week.

  11. sirsean February 22nd, 2008 3:18 pm

    Haha.

    Last year Morneau and Hunter went back to back in the first inning of the first game of the season.

    I’d love to see that happen again, with MVP and DelBat.

  12. Steve Smith August 13th, 2008 10:11 pm

    How’s Delmon Young looking the past two days? You’re blog is retarded, who the fuck else besides Gardenhire could lead a team like the Twins to 4 of the last 6 Division Titles? Get a new blog and start lobbying for Favre to save the Queens, douche!

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