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Quote of the Day: Charlie Manuel on Delmon Young

Jan 29, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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Todd Zolecki of asked Charlie Manuel about his projected lineup and the Phillies manager uttered this quote regarding new right fielder Delmon Young possibly batting fifth:

Yeah, he can hit fifth. He definitely can hit fifth. I think once we get to spring training and put him in and let him play, I think hitting is definitely his strong point. I think he’s a good hitter.

Basically all you need to know about Young’s career is that he has a .317 on-base percentage and .425 slugging percentage in 880 games and yet saying “hitting is definitely his strong point” is undeniably true.

By the way, Young has batted fifth more often than any other lineup spot during his career, logging 1,352 plate appearances there. And he’s hit .267 with a .294 on-base percentage and .385 slugging percentage.

  1. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    $750,000 contract – he will come through or get cut before April Fools day

  2. darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Other things Delmon Young is good at:
    tying his shoes
    putting on his uniform
    wearing a glove on the proper hand
    staring off blankly into space

    • evan5 - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      You forgot making hilarious catching attempts in the outfield.
      And running like a penguin. He’s good at that too.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      How nice of you to put 4 things ahead of eating. That’s a consideration Delmon rarely gets on this blog.

      • darthicarus - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        I was actually expecting the first comment on my list to be something about being anti-semitic…so perhaps the community has turned a new leaf!

  3. chacochicken - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Look at that head. He would wreck the neck hole of sweater. Cashmere before swine.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      You’re out of your frickin mind. I got a serious case of the giggles from that one. Delmon is a button-front and v-neck only guy for sure. Hee hee.

  4. schlom - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I’m not sure I get the point of this. When the Diamondbacks said negative (and from their end, truthful) things about Justin Upton everyone piled on them. Now Charlie Manual is saying positive (and probably not truthful) things about one of their players and everyone will make fun of him.

    So you if you trade a guy away you must say positive things about him, whether it’s truthful or not. But you have to say truthful things about your own players, even if it’s negative.

    • sargespeak - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Wow! Really? What pollyanna sports town do you come from? Sounds like DC to me, but perhaps KC.

    • kevinbnyc - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      The difference: Justin Upton is good. Delmon Young is terrible.

  5. weaselpuppy - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM


  6. tfbuckfutter - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I’ve always wondered….has he made more money off of playing baseball or off of royalties for being the Mr. Potatohead model?

    In fact…..why isn’t his nickname Taterhead?

  7. macjacmccoy - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    i dont even know why you would mention his obp in this story. Charlie was talking about his hitting ability not his ability to get on base. He is a career .284 hitter.

  8. greymares - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    the Phillies set out to improve the bullpen and the offense they got a 300 hitting centerfielder agood hitting 3rd baseman a bopper in rightfield an 8th inning guy and some other bullpen pieces. all it cost them was a little defense with that starting staff there won’t be many balls hit hard enough to field anyway

    • phillyphreak - Jan 29, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      I think I missed the good hitting 3B and bopper in RF signings…..

  9. thegreatstoneface - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    sure, delmon can hit fifth. he can hit ninth. he can hit anywhere in the lineup.

    he’s not going to be very fucking good at it, really, no matter where you bat him. but, charlie’ll figure this out pretty quickly, i’m sure…

  10. fmlizard - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    4 organizations, a hate crime, throwing a bat at an ump, at least 50 pounds, and being so disposable his team traded him to a division rival in a pennant race ON THE WAY TO PLAY THEM and did not care at all what they got in return.

    After all that you think they would take the 5 tool player stuff out of his scouting report and realize he might not even be a 1 tool player at the MLB level.

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