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Mike Olt is too young to be a designated hitter, apparently

Aug 7, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

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One would think that you want to use your DH slot to get your best available bat in the game. Ron Washington thinks differently.  After talking about working with rookie Mike Olt on his defense, he had this to say about using him when he’s not playing third base:

The skipper said he doesn’t want to use Olt as a designated hitter at this point.

“He’s too young to DH,” Washington said.

Yeah, you need to at least 35 to be a good DH. Just ask Michael Young and his .271/.297/.348 line. You can’t replace that with a young guy.

  1. papalurchdxb - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    So, the headline might need switching from Old to Young.

    The argument is still pretty week from RW though.

    • papalurchdxb - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      dammit. *weak

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        If there was an edit function, we would not have to worry about looking like a chump because of silly typos.

    • wijason - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Maybe the headline should have been Mike is not Olt enough…?

    • flaviusflav - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Or maybe he’s not Young enough?

  2. CJ - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    I hope his point is that Olt’s too young to DH because he doesn’t need the 1/2 days off from playing the field to stay healthy like the older vets do. That I could believe.

  3. mybrunoblog - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Ron Washington has led his team to two straight pennants and currently hold the best record in the AL.
    To be fair I’d give him the benefit of the doubt here. Roster spots are valuable. Washington doesn’t want to limit his options with a young player getting locked into a DH only mode.

    • jarathen - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Are these players professionals or not? The best in the world? Or not? How do players take batting practice without taking the field after every five or six cuts and still stay “locked in”?

      Washington started Michael Young at shortstop last night. He’s obviously a good manager in that he’s been in the World Series the last two years, but seriously?

      • Dan McCloskey - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        Michael Young played shortstop?

      • cur68 - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        I didn’t watch the game so I have no idea if Wash actually sent MY out to short but, if Washington did, then what MY did was he STOOD at short stop and we used the term ‘played’ to indicate that he ‘fielded’ the position. All of that though is little more than weasel-wording for him looking hapless at short. I love semantically derived arguments. Mike Young “played shortstop”, ROFL 8)

  4. 18thstreet - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    This same attitude kept Wade Boggs in the minors for a couple extra years.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    I have heard that it is a different mindset to DH v. playing the field, and that it can be tough to get used to DHing. Perhaps he wants to keep things as normal as possible for the kid just getting used to the majors.

    Washington has a way of making even the smartest of baseball decisions sound a bit addled, so let’s assume it is more of a communication issue than an actual baseball strategy failure.

  6. paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    MY has a 1.4 WBR (Wins Below Replacement) this year…I was hoping to make a joke about him being the definition of replaceable…but he isn’t even that good.

  7. sportfan23 - Aug 7, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    You fucking hate Michael Young eh

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      No one hates Michael Young, some of us just realize that 1) he is not a team player, 2) he has never been as good at baseball as many people seem to think, and 3) he is currently the worst everyday player in the majors.

      • mgdsquiggy17 - Aug 7, 2012 at 6:32 PM

        you had me until #3. Sorry but there are far worse players than MY playing everyday in the majors this season.

      • brewdogg - Aug 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM

        The Twins will gladly swap Young for Nishioka. Without a second thought. You can pick a non-rookie starter while you’re at it, and we’ll be good with that, too.

  8. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    This article is pointless anyone and I mean anyone who criticizes micheal young ability doesn’t know what they are talking about everyone knows the DH role on every other team is used for a player less able on defense and he doesn’t want olt to get that idea!

  9. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    And also micheal has only 2 errors this season so I wouldnt dog his defense to much dumb asses

  10. billymc75 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    But he dH Leyonis Martin one game?

  11. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    He did DH Martin but a I said the DH on most teams is for. Player not a good on defense but for the rangers it is an extra bat that could start on another team but we have so much depth DH isn’t what it is for everyone else but it could be a prep to move either beltre or Moreland to DH role once Micheal young retires.

  12. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    And who is more of a team player micheal who took less than his previous contract and moved positions to make the team better or Derek jester who has been out hit by micheal and micheal has driven in way more runs than Derek and Derek still complained about being the highest paid SS in baseball so get your shit straight.

  13. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    And no one dogged jester for sucking ass the past two years so it’s kinda gettin old at least he has batted .270 consistently

  14. kbeau19 - Aug 7, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Not to mention he is producing more runs than jeter this year so let’s stop the dogging on a future hall of famer guys especially the guy who wrote this come on dude get real

    • jarathen - Aug 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Michael Young is not a Hall of Famer. He can take a spot next to Garret Anderson in the Hall of Pretty Darn Good For A While, There.

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