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Dmitri Young was in the best shape of his life but got released by his Venezuelan team anyway

Nov 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

Dmitri Young AP

I was so excited last month when we got a Dmitri Young sighting. Not only was he playing baseball and talking comeback, but he was … in the best shape of his life.

Sadly, the party seems to be over. Via the translation services of our friend Nick Collias comes a report from Ignacio Serrano of ESPN Deportes that Young has been released by his Venezuelan league team, the Caribes de Anzoategui.

I don’t care. I’d still rather have him than Delmon.  Good night, sweet prince.

  1. phukyouk - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    if THAT picture is him in his best shape I can only imagine that THIS is what he looks like now
    http://images.wikia.com/starwars/images/5/56/Jabba_TCWPB.jpg

  2. lembeck4 - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:14 PM

    I saw Meathook hit 3 dingers on opening day for the Tigers some years back, always loved watching him play. Screw Venezuela, Cletus Diabetes will find another country to dominate with his surprising speed, giant hair and gargantuan smile.

    Good Luck Big Fella.

  3. sumerduckman - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    No, that pic is of the time when he played for the Nationals, when he was known in the clubhouse by the nickname ‘ Rib Shack’. But man could he rake.

    • phukyouk - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      that pic makes Fielder look undernourished

  4. aceshigh11 - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    The accompanying photo is hysterical.

    Is that a bat shard, or the remnants of a meat kabob that Young just devoured?

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    a hungry ball player.

  6. baseballisboring - Nov 29, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    For shame. We don’t have enough fat guys in the big leagues.

  7. smartbutlazy - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    That picture gives me hope that I too may one day be a big leaguer.

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