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Eric Young Jr. dismissed from VWL team due to tardiness

Nov 27, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility.

But that plan has now been derailed.

According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver Post, Young has been fired from his winter league team, Bravos de Margarita, for twice showing up to the ballpark late for games.

Young was also a disappointment at the plate during his short time in Venezuela, batting just .240 with a .333 OBP and three RBI in 50 at-bats for the Bravos.

It’s not yet known whether the 26-year-old infielder-outfielder will attempt to sign on with another club.

  1. henryd3rd - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Don’t you just love it when a 240 hitter with a reputation for weak on defense feels he’s too good to sharpen his skills in the Winter league?

  2. captaincanoe - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    He should have faked his own kidnapping as an excuse.

  3. tomlotter1948 - Nov 27, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    He is just plain STUPID……he is either lazy or has an ego problem….

  4. tuloisgod - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    You know, EY (a.k.a. E-4) is an exciting ballplayer — both good and bad. I’ve always had a sentimental attachment to him, but you have to wonder where his head is sometimes when he gets picked off in a crucial situation … or forgets to set his alarm clock to show up at the ballpark on time.

  5. Francisco (FC) - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    As a background note the League in Venezuela is called “Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Professional” so its initials in Spanish are LVBP. I only mention it because I didn’t recognize VWL when I glanced at it XD

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