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Michael Young won’t participate in the World Baseball Classic

Dec 29, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

Craig passed along a story earlier this week that Michael Young was listed among the potential candidates to play for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Young was on Team USA for the WBC back in 2009, but he’s eligible to play for Mexico since his mother is of Mexican descent. However, the veteran infielder has decided that he won’t suit up for anyone in the spring.

You see, Phillies fans? That leadership is already shining through.

  1. approvenothing - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Both Team USA and Mexico should really be happy about this, this guy’s defense is a nightmare. Ah well, still love the guy and appreciate what he did here is Texas. Besides game 6 that is, he will never live that down…

  2. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    As long as Philly never asks him to do anything hard or to sacrifice anything at all he will be an amazing leader… what? wait…

  3. jimeejohnson - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, including resentment.

  4. jwbiii - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Just as well. If Mexico put him at DH, he’d demand a trade to the U.S. team.

  5. humanexcrement - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Young is the prototypical pre-moneyball player. Doesn’t get on base, plays horrible defense, but the old mindset was that batting average is the ideal measure of a player’s offense, number of errors the be-all-and-end-all on defense. I bet he hates the new statistics like the Arabs hate the Jews.

    • paperlions - Dec 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Except, of coarse, that was never true. Everyone whose little league coach chanted “walk’s as good as a hit” on a regular basis to reinforce the need to swing at strikes, raise your hand. Yep, just about everyone. Even little league coaches knew the value of NOT making outs, no matter what the non-out was….MLB players knew it, too.

  6. mrfloydpink - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    ¡Ay, caramba!

  7. markofapro - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    @ploins…MY’s career OBP no too shabby. I agree about defense.

    • paperlions - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      I agree. His OBP hasn’t been bad, but it is a BABIP driven OBP with low walk rates. The point wasn’t that his OBP has been bad. The point was that “pre-moneyball” everyone in baseball (all the way down to little league) already knew that not making outs was very very important.

  8. sws063 - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Wow…………………..and they say Philly fans are tough……..at least they wait until the player puts the uniform on to rip them

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