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Delmon Young will make $600,000 if he loses eight pounds

Jan 23, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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When he took his pre-signing physical, Delmon Young weighed 238 pounds. Young’s contract has weight loss incentives. They seem pretty darn attainable:

Young’s one-year, $750,000 contract includes bonuses based on his weight, according to The Associated Press. Young must be weighed six separate instances, the timing of which will be chosen by the Phillies.

Each time he makes weight, Young receives $100,000. The first three times he must weigh 230 pounds or less. He must weigh 235 pounds or less for the last three weigh-ins.

So a 238 pound guy need only lose eight pounds, and then can even gain back five of them, and he gets $600K? That has to be about the easiest money around, no? When you weigh that much to begin with an extra bowl of Fiber One, a few extra glasses of water a week and walking slowly past a treadmill can make that happen, right?

  1. mordecofe - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    not when you have the young family genetics! between him and dmitri, they are not the most svelte of people.

  2. virusgvr - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Meanwhile 99.9% of America that needs to lose a little bit of weight you know what they get???? A better health insurance premium by $10.00 more per quarter year! Yeah…. That’s fair.

    • kalinedrive - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      My insurance premiums have always been at fixed rates that are the same for all employees. The only difference is whether you are insuring employee only, employee+1, or family. There is no discount or increase based on weight, or whether or not you smoke, or anything else. I don’t believe it is that common to get any discount for losing weight. Most companies negotiate a group rate that applies to all employees.

  3. hansob - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    In related news, Delmon Young has just purchased a sauna-only membership at his local Lifetime Fitness.

  4. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    OMG, I don’t even know where to begin w/ this one. Holy crap. There’s just way too much material here.

    Ok, so, if he loses that 8 lb, he probably will be in BSOHL. I gotta process that one first.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Ok, no, that one’s off the table. No BSOHL unless he loses more. Whew!

  5. card0109 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Doesn’t that seem backward? I’d think that if you were going to set up weight incentives, you’d want the lower weights closer to the post-season.

    • frank433 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      It makes perfect sense. Players don’t workout during the season like they are now. I bet almost all players are heavier by a decent margin at the end of the season.

  6. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Wait, cut back on a few good luck cakes and the Phillies are paying $3.5 MILLION!!!!

  7. missthemexpos - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    How about kosher foods only, to help reach the weight bonuses.

  8. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Please, oh please, oh please, oh please do a tie-in with the Biggest Loser.

  9. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Delmon should lay off the pork and start enjoying a nice bagel with a shtickle of low-fat cream cheese once in a while, perhaps with his matso ball soup.

    • badintent - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      and tons of chopped liver, knishes, and triple decker roastbeef sandwiches. Check please

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Hahaha! He said “pork.”

  10. hansob - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    This was only 3 years ago:

    • ThatGuy - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Weird how that was the best season of his career…

  11. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    In a city known for its cheesesteaks…

  12. natstowngreg - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Dear Delmon:

    Here’s a clue. Don’t eat as much. Exercise more, even if it’s just walking more and taking stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Go to a gym and work out; I’m sure the Phillies will pay for the membership.

    I’ve been doing stuff like this the past 5 weeks, and have lost 15 pounds. And I’m just some fat, diabetic sixtysomething who isn’t getting paid to get in shape. You can do this.

    [Now, the serious part.]

    Please don’t be like your brother. He once almost died from the effects of diabetes. When Dmitri played for the Nats, we laughed when the RFK scoreboard listed his wieght at around 290. But really, it was sad. Of course, you’re not even close to being that large, but the risks are real.

  13. cackalackyank - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Dang, I knew I should have tried harder to learn hitting a round ball with a curved bat. I just lost 25 pounds,WTF would I get for that if could have just hit that ball 27% of the time with authority?

  14. historiophiliac - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    And even if he keeps the 8 lbs off — $600,000 richer — he will still be 5 lb more than he was at the start of the 2012 season. Holy cow!

    • dondada10 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      5 pounds more than what he was listed at. If Delmon loses 8 pounds he’ll probably be at the weight the Phils would list him at if the season started today.

  15. jikkle49 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    One good trip to the toilet should take care of that 8lbs.

    Better bring a plunger and air freshener with him though.

  16. thebadguyswon - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    If he’s 238 pounds I will treat. I think they reversed the ‘3’ and the ‘8’.

  17. dcfan4life - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    If he goes on the Atkins diet he loses that in less than a week. You lose a lot quickly on Atkins, then it goes much more slowly.

  18. tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    That’s nothing.

    He gets an extra $500 for each game he doesn’t throw a bat at an umpire, and another $500 for every game he doesn’t scream racist things at anyone.

  19. etchedchaos - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    He was 238 lbs last season, there is no guarantee he stayed at that weight over the offseason. For all we know he could be over 250lbs at this point in time.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      It said he was 238 during his pre-signing physical.

      Although yeah, that was like 2 days ago so he may be at 250 now.

  20. pisano - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Hey Delmon call Jenny Craig!

  21. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Wow I’m in shock! Craig found a way to make a Phillies post without talking s**t!! He actually managed to stick to the facts! Good job CC, you’re actually learning how to be a writer. Don’t forget, if the only place your writing is published is online, then you’re just a blogger. The only way you’ll get in the sports page is by writing more like this. And that’s the only way to get that HoF vote you’re so bent over not having.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      CC Deville has you guys right wear he wants you. He doesn’t talk any shit whatsoever.
      Yet…you troll yourself. That’s some clever stuff right their C.C.!

      • phillyphannn83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        This is like seeing a white rinocerous. Youre crazy if’you think someone wasnt going to point it out.

  22. macjacmccoy - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    Yea it sounds a little crazy but we dont know the details… hes been looking for a job right? So maybe he has been on a diet for a while now and is at 238 when he’s usually 255. When you’ve lost weight its even harder to lose more. You have to keep up with the things you are already doing to lose weight plus do more.

    From the Phillies prospective its doesnt seem to be about wanting him to lose weight . It seems more about them wanting him to stay at his current weight. And if getting him down 8 extra pounds is possible then even better.

  23. BigBeachBall - Jan 24, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Dude, im not that fat.

  24. Jonny 5 - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Was this deal made by Amaro or Shylock?

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