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Delmon Young has $600,000 in incentives to make weight with Phillies

Delmon-Young-PhilliesDelmon Young signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason, but there are incentives in the deal that will allow him to earn up to $2.75 million in bonuses. Some of those are performance-based incentives, but $600,000 of it has to do with the former Detroit Tiger watching what he eats.

According to an Associated Press report, Young will be weighed on six different occasions throughout the season. Each time he makes weight, he earns $100,000. The first three times, he must weigh no more than 230 pounds. The second three he can weigh up to 235.

“You can get carried away with the clubhouse food and late-night room service watching a movie,” Young told reporters on Wednesday. “Some ice creams and good luck cakes and stuff like that. Going back out in the outfield you have to stay lighter and everything. DH’ing, you know, you can be big.”

Young, who was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series for Detroit last year, primarily served as the team’s designated hitter. Now that he is with an NL team, he will have to play the field almost every time he’s penciled into the lineup card (aside from interleague play).

Young reportedly lost more than 30 pounds between the 2009 and 2010 season when he was with the Minnesota Twins, dropping from 239 to 207. He ended the 2012 season weighing in at 240, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to get down to 230 — assuming he didn’t stock up on Hostess products and stuff them down his gullet for the past three months. Who knows, maybe dropping a few pounds will prevent Young from making embarrassing throws like this.

H/T The 700 Level

Delmon Young made one of the worst throws you will ever see

Being in San Francisco and without a DH for Game 1 of the World Series, the Tigers had Delmon Young play the outfield for the first time in 52 days in order to keep his bat in the lineup. Now you can see why they rarely let him play the field.

Young, who typically serves as the designated hitter for Detroit, absolutely butchered a throw home during the fourth inning.

Young’s spike of a throw came on Barry Zito’s two out single to drive in Brandon Belt from second. I dunno, maybe he thought the play was a third. Because if it were, Young would have nailed the runner with a one-hopper. Instead, he practically threw a ground ball to home. I mean that ball literally hit the ground BEFORE the edge of the outfield grass. Brutal. Now you know why Young rates so lowly in defensive metrics every year.

His pathetic spike throw earned him some jeers from fellow ballplayers. Here’s A’s pitcher Brett Anderson on Twitter:

You honestly have to wonder how a major league player could have committed such an embarrassing play. Ugh.

Jackie Autry calls Delmon Young a ‘class act,’ needs a history lesson

Jackie Autry is the widow of Angels founder Gene Autry, and she serves as an honorary American League president. Part of her role as the honorary president was to present trophies during the post-ALCS ceremony at Comerica Park after the Detroit Tigers won the pennant. She did that on Thursday, and included some questionable phrasing when presenting outfielder/DH Delmon Young with the MVP trophy.

“There is no question in my mind that Detroit is a class act and a class club. The man that is winning the MVP award this year is also a class act, and that’s Delmon Young,” she said (video here).

Whoo boy, guess Mrs. Autry could use a history lesson.

The same guy she calls a “class act” was arrested in April for a fight with some people in which he made several anti-Semitic remarks. He later apologized for the incident.

This “class act” also went on an expletive-filled rant in 2007 after being benched by the Rays for not hustling. And this same “class act” infamously threw a bat at an umpire while in the minor leagues in 2006:

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Delmon Young jabs Yankee Stadium’s small dimensions

Delmon Young was one of the heroes for the Tigers in their 2-1 win over the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS in Detroit on Tuesday.

The Tigers DH drilled a line drive to left field off Phil Hughes in the fourth and it barely cleared the fence at Comerica Park (unofficial distance 370 feet) to make it 1-0 Detroit.

When talking about the home run after the game, Young jabbed Yankee Stadium.

“I knew I hit it hard enough, but we weren’t in Yankee Stadium, so I had to wait an extra 30 feet for it to land,” he said.

Comerica Park is 346 feet down the left field line, and 402 feet to left center (full dimensions here). Yankee Stadium is 318 feet down the left field line, and 399 feet to left center (full dimensions here). Though Yankee Stadium gets deeper toward the gap, it is almost 30 feet shorter than Comerica Park down the line just like Young said. Yankee Stadium is particularly friendly toward left-handed hitters, with the dimensions even shorter down the line and to the gap. That’s part of the reason Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, and even Ichiro have had strong power numbers since joining the team.

The difference between the two stadiums’ dimensions was brought up to Tigers manager Jim Leyland recently, who said Miguel Cabrera would probably hit 60 home runs if he played at Yankee Stadium.

Young is now the Tigers’ career leader in postseason home runs with seven. Two have come this postseason, and five came last year. Amazingly, five of his postseason home runs have come against the Yankees.

Below is video of Young’s home run:

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Delmon Young meets with a rabbi, apologizes for alleged anti-Semitic incident

Delmon Young did some major damage control on Friday, the same day his 7-day suspension ended for an arrest related to a drunken incident in New York where the Tigers outfielder allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks. Young met with a Detroit-area rabbi to improve his relations with the Jewish community, and he apologized before his team’s game on Friday.

“I’d just like to apologize to everybody,” Young said. “I put myself in a bad situation and I have no one to blame but myself.

“I made a lapse in judgment, but I can tell you that I am not an anti-Semitic,” he said.

The Tigers, in a clear attempt to improve the image of Young and the team, set up the meeting with the rabbi, who is also a longtime baseball fan and Tigers season-ticket holder. The rabbi seemed convinced that Young was genuine.

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An allegedly hammered Delmon Young was arrested, could be charged with hate crime

Delmon Young celebrated his six-year anniversary of throwing a bat at an umpire in a way that only he can: by getting drunk (allegedly), arrested, and possibly charged with a hate crime.

The Tigers outfielder was in New York prior to his team’s series with the Yankees when he got into it with some people outside the team’s hotel early Friday morning.

After the group was approached by a Jewish panhandler, Young shouted “F–king Jews! F–king Jews!” according to the NY Post.

The other people — a group of Chicago tourists — approached him and things got physical.

The Post says Young allegedly scratched one of the men and pushed him to the ground in the lobby of the Hilton Hotel. They say both groups went to their rooms, and that is when one of the men Young had injured noticed several scratches and called 911.

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Delmon Young: Punk With an Attitude

Giving Edwin Encarnacion a run for his money, Delmon Young was yanked from the D-Rays game Saturday for lack of hustling. Manager Joe Maddon said Delmon was disrespecting the game. Delmon as you could imagine, did not take to the benching too happily:

Young said he was treated unfairly because others have been doing the same thing. An inning earlier, B.J. Upton didn’t run when he hit a line drive that was dropped by shortstop Ray Olmedo, but Maddon said that was a different situation.

“S—, everybody else is m—–f—— doing it,” Young said. “S—, I’m the only one who m—–f—— gets in trouble for the s—. … I play every day. I don’t complain about going out there. So, I’ll see you guys next year. I’m shut down for (today).”

And with that, the Delmon left the building. Wow. Serious. Attitude. Issues. Don’t forget the infamous bat toss hammer throw. There’s no way the Rays turn their organization around with that type of behavior on the club, I don’t care how talented the players are. Poor form by Delmon, not just on the field, but for refusing to show up for the final game. Brutal.

(via Red at MLB FanHouse)

UPDATE: Per BNLizard in the comments, Young apologized to Maddon, and entered the finale on Sunday as a sub in the 6th.