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Delmon Young to play left field in National League parks during World Series

Oct 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Well, this should be fun.

Delmon Young won the ALCS MVP after batting .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs, a double and six RBI against the Yankees, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland won’t have the luxury of the DH spot during the World Series in National League parks. However, he’s prepared to sacrifice some defense in order to keep him in the lineup.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Leyland plans to play Young in left field in National League parks. Of course, the Cardinals or Giants will have home field advantage in the World Series since the National League won the All-Star Game back in July, so the Tigers could play as many as four games on the road.

We could see Young removed for a late-inning defensive replacement, but Leyland appears determined to roll with him as a regular. Andy Dirks has started in left field for all nine of the Tigers’ postseason games, but he could share playing time with Avisail Garcia and Quintin Berry in right field in National League parks.

  1. skerney - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Delmon Young looks like Dmitri Young in this photo.

    • mickeylolich1968 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      He looks like a modern day Willie Horton!
      Only Willie could throw from left field, just ask Lou Brock

  2. redux23 - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    well they are brothers…

    • skerney - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Yeah, i know. I just didn’t remember Delmon being so puffy.

  3. craggt - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    As a Tigers fan the idea of Delmon in left scares the living crap out of me. Jackson is going to have to shade very far to the left which should open up a huge hole in right center

    • skerney - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      I don’t watch the Tigers so please enlighten me. Is a 27 year old Delmon is left really that bad? Like how bad?

      • craggt - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        Like horrifically bad. Slow, bad break on the ball, poor routes, loses the ball a lot. Tries to make sliding plays and fails terribly. He honestly could be one of the worst fielders in baseball.

      • weaselpuppy - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        yeah, he’s 26….and he’s the worst defensive LF I’ve seen in 35 years. No athleticism, bad reads, gets turned around, weak arm and he runs in these choppy little steps like he has diahrrae and covers no ground at all….I think his legs are too short for his body or something because at the peak of his athleticism at age 26, he plays like he’s 40….

        That said, he’s raking right now and you have to ride the hot hand. Dirks isn’t hot, Berry is a situational guy and Avi is hot but you can’t tell when tat will stop with no track record.

        It’s only for 2 games anyways 😉

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        See, this is why the DH is a travesty. We have a 26 year old player who can’t FIELD but hey he’s nice with a bat so he’s MLB material right? Now excuse me while I go put on my flame-retardant suit…

      • sabatimus - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        I’ll take arguments against the DH seriously when NL teams take pitchers batting seriously.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        So when NL pitchers get base hits (or sacrifice runners over) it’s because nobody else is taking them seriously?

  4. fusionix7 - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    This is why it is pertinent for the Tigers to get the lead by the 7th so they can replace him with Berry or Garcia.

    It’s amazing how all of a sudden Young hasn’t been swinging at EVERY first pitch, and suddenly he’s been a solid offensive contributor, as opposed to the entire regular season where he was invisible.

  5. rgledz - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I watched Delmon in Minnesota for his entire time there. Awful in the field, agreed, but he doesn’t have a weak arm. He’s actually got an above average arm. Either way, good luck to the Tigers, I have a ton of respect for the manager. Hope they pull it out for the AL.

  6. historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    stupid National League

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      Hey it’s not the NL’s fault the AL continues the folly of using a position that encourages promotion to MLB of players incapable of handling a glove.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

        Why are you hating on democracy, dude?

      • rgledz - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Just like it’s not the AL’s fault that the NL has a player who is incapable of handling a bat hitting 9th several times a game. I’d rather watch Jim Thome take a rip at the plate than watch some pitcher flail at a fastball.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

        Keep watching baseball with your blinders on. Pitchers do take their batting seriously because they are (gasp) still going to be relied upon to get that bunt down. But, yeah, it’s so easy to hit major league pitching when you not allowed to hit from the end of high school until you reach the pros and then told to try to bunt the first two strikes you get. So go get ’em, keyboard jockeys. It’s two strikes. Just put wood on the ball. Hit ’em where they ain’t.

      • juanhughjazz - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

        Kill the DH. AL baseball is baseball for dummies. It’s not even baseball. In baseball, every player hits, fields, and throws. I’d rather see emerging players than some fat, old dude that can’t field a position anymore. I could manage an AL club.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

        Oh, yeah, it’s “strategy” to plan for a crappy at bat. Don’t pretend that NL teams don’t use a pinch hitter when they can. And why would you waste a good all-around player at DH? The whole point is to replace the pitcher in the batting order. It frees teams from the pretense that pitchers should hit. I don’t care to see any great pitcher hit — I want to see them throw.

        (Sorry, grandpa.)

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

        NL teams use the pinch hitter when they are ready and willing to use the strategy.

        The DH is unnatural. It has not brought a “better” or “more advanced” dimension to the ballgame. Any baseball message boarder who claims that a pitcher is always an easy out and unnecessary at-bat must really not enjoy the game they proclaim to love.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        I’m sorry I stepped on your lawn, Mr. Koufax. I was just chasing down a hit from Big Papi. We didn’t mean to mess up your grass.

  7. itsallgood8989 - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    there is a reason they call him Elmon Young…… no D!

  8. brownsbraves11 - Oct 20, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    He’s such a class act. He’s earned it.

  9. butchhuskey - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Detroit seems to have a large percentage of overweight players – Delmon Young, Jose Valverde, Miguel Cabrera, Octavio Dotel, Prince Fielder, etc…

    Obviously the team’s still had success, but what the heck are they feeding these guys?

    • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM


      • weaselpuppy - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

        There’s a plate of Detroit coneys just behind home plate….

      • historiophiliac - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        Shhhh, we don’t want Panda Sandoval to know (just in case).

    • aiede - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      The tears of opposing pitching staffs are surprisingly high in calories.

  10. gr3710 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    that won’t end well

  11. nflfollower - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    He actually played left quite a bit early in the season….but that ended because he was so bad at it. I hope whichever squad has more left handed bats wins out in the NL.

  12. ericellers - Oct 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    I wonder if his rejuvenated juicing will help him in the new position?

  13. randygnyc - Oct 21, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    fat, anti semetic, violent, triple chinned, lousy bigoted, ignorant bully. Class guy? He needs a long term sentence in a re-education camp.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:13 AM

      Great. Egg on the junior high schooler above. I will say this, that after being around a lot of piss-drunks in my life, Delmon’s incident could easily be blamed on his alcoholism as opposed to his true mindset. And even if it was his true mindset, the mitzvah is to forgive.

    • craggt - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      A re-education camp? Really? Yeah that absolutely the response to a drunken incident. Or is it just the proper response to beating you beloved yankees?

  14. craggt - Oct 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    So glad to see that the correct response to antisemitism is racism. Doesn’t bigotry in all its forms make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

  15. aiede - Oct 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    It’s “anti-semitic,” by the way. Man, there’s a strong correlation between racism and poor spelling. You’d almost think both had a basis in ignorance.

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