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Delmon Young’s rehab is continuing apace

Mar 21, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

So says Todd Zolecki:

Also, and this is an HBT Exclusive, we have video of Delmon Youngs’s rehab here. You really don’t want to miss this.

Young should be ready to go in late April. No telling when if ever he’ll be in game shape.

  1. makeham98 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Keep him away from whoever “rehabs” Andrew Bynum in Philly.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    That video would have gone better with Michael Young, the Phillies are paying HIM 6,000,000. Delmon is worth 750,000.

  3. beefytrout - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Well, I just got rick-rolled.

  4. digbysellers - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Delmon ate my clams casino.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  6. evanwins - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I know everyone likes to pke fun at the 2012 ALCS MVP but this could be a pivotal signing for the Phils. ANd structuring $2M in bonus money for things like weight maintenance is brilliant.

    He’s had flashes of greatness in his career (.298, 21 HR’s, 112 RBI’s in 2010) and if he can come close to that at his current salary it will a huge plus for the Phils.

    And for reference, 162 game averages:and 2013 salary
    Delmon Young, .284, 16 HR’s, 89 RBI’s; $750K (+bonuses)
    Justin Upton, .278, 24 Hr’s, 80 RBI’s; $9,750,00
    BJ Upton, .255, 20 HR’s, 75 RBI’s; $12,450,000
    Jayson Werth, .267, 23 HR’s, 80 RBI’s; $16,000,000

    • Francisco (FC) - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      The problem with using a 162 average is that at this stage in his career Young’s earlier more promising seasons are skewing the results. You don’t really expect to him to hit for high average much. The other bigger problem is the defense, he’s going to give away a ton of runs if they put him in RF. Also he did most of his damage while being a DH. What happens when the wear and tear of playing the field everyday catches up to him? How will that affect his hitting? These are unknowns, but there’s a lot to suggest that Delmon’s not really in a position to thrive.

      • dwdive - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Using 162 game average is skewing the other guys numbers also. BJ hasn’t hit better than .246 in 5 seasons, and neither Upton averages more than 18 HR’s a season. Delmon might be a platoon player or a 4th outfielder anyways. Rivere is your every day CF, Dom Brown is your every day RF, and their will be a platoon with Ruf, Nix, Mayberry and Young. Or they could platoon Dom Brown and Mayberry in right, and Young and Nix in left. The Phillies outfield will be a lot better than people think, with every player costing very little. The difference with the Phillies this year, is that they have better depth than years past, thanks to the additions of both Youngs, Rivere, and the development of Brown and Ruf. It’s an absolute joke that the Braves are being picked to finish ahead of the Phillies. Phillies have a way better infield, a better rotation, and with the additions of Adams to go along with Papelbon in the pen, that gap has closed a lot. Braves are the most over rated team in the NL, and it won’t take long to see it.

      • evanwins - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        Earlier more promising seasons? He’s 27! And his best season was 2010, is that really that long ago? And he IS the reigning ALCS MVP. And you really think his defense is going to give up “a ton of runs” and that a 27 year old can’t handle playing the field everyday?

        I could’ve used last year stats and Youngs are still better than the other 3 but you stil would have made some excuse as to why it’s not accurate.

        You people and your bias are so ridiculous. You’ll do whatever it takes to make yourself beleive you’re right, like calling a 27 year old “old”.

        Everyone is so stuck in what popular opinion is that they refuse to actually THINK and look at things for themselves.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:07 AM

        If Delmon Young is great at fielding why is it he only got a job as DH? Have you looked at his defensive metrics? They are poor. Big deal on being the ALCS MVP, you seem to bank a lot on that, anyone can hit on a short series, remember Cody Ross? Also how did having the ALCS MVP work out for the Tigers in the World Series? Exactly. Delmon Young also had a good rookie season in 2007, following a short 30 game hitting spurt in 06, You don’t think that’s skewing things a bit? His latest two seasons have him hitting below league average OPS+ and now he has to wear a glove in addition to holding a bat. At least as a DH his offensive contributions were not offset by bad fielding, now? Who knows if it’s worth all those guys scoring from second on singles and doubles on first strolling into home plate while Delmon tries to hit the cutoff guy. At least with Brown some of the runners will think twice before trying to score. Delmon? Not so much.

      • evanwins - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Do you even see how full of shit you are?

        You say a 162 game avg is no good because it’s skewed, then you say being the reigning ALCS MVO is no good because it’s too small a sample size. I gave you both a big sample siza and a small one and neither was acceptable.

        Because you are full of shit.

        You say his stats are skewed because of his ealry in career play but he’s only 27 and his last great year was 2 years ago. But why bother addressing that? It doesn’t fit what you want to believe.

        Then you make stuff up like I said he was “great at fielding”. I never said that but it helps you argue your point so why let the truth stand in your way?

        You completely lack integrity and therefore anything you say is bullshit.

      • Francisco (FC) - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Do you even see how full of shit you are?

        Calling people names is not a way to argue points. You’re just simply mad because I don’t agree with you, and you resort to insults. You could have simply said that you disagreed with me and be done with it.

        You say a 162 game avg is no good because it’s skewed, then you say being the reigning ALCS MVO is no good because it’s too small a sample size. I gave you both a big sample siza and a small one and neither was acceptable.

        Because you are applying both in a way I find has flaws on what future performance we can expect from Delmon Young. It should be obvious why applying small sample sizes is a bad idea. The 162 game average includes stats from 6-7 years ago and is also a bad idea since what you do as a 20 year-old will have little bearing on what you do as a 27 year old. It’s like saying Player A has a lifetime avg against pitcher B of .333 while ignoring that all the hits came 5 years ago and Player A has failed the last 10 times he faced Pitcher B. It skews things. I’m looking at his recent 3 years. 2010 was great, 2011 not so much, 2012 not so much. Add to that:
        1) He spent 2012 as a full time DH
        2) He wasn’t all that good in the outfield to begin with.
        3) Has to recover from surgery and gain back strength and speed
        The odds are stacked against him having a great year when he has to deal with those issues at the same time. It’s asking a lot of Delmon Young. So I’m not optimistic.

        Then you make stuff up like I said he was “great at fielding”. I never said that but it helps you argue your point so why let the truth stand in your way?

        Becuase you say and I quote: “and that a 27 year old can’t handle playing the field everyday?” The implication is that the guy is not a defensive liability and is good enough to field everyday. When I consult the various defensive metrics on Delmon Young that’s not the case. The point I’m making is that if other baseball managers thought Young could handle playing the outfield everyday and in a competent fashion he would not have been mostly a DH last year or tucked into LF which is the place you put poor outfielders to cause you the least amount of damage. Clearly teams like his bat but not his glove.

        As for making stuff up, you don’t have much to stand on since you accuse me and I quote: “You’ll do whatever it takes to make yourself beleive you’re right, like calling a 27 year old “old”.”
        I NEVER called Delmon Young old. Check each of my posts and point out where I said he’s “old”. I simply pointed out that his earlier seasons where way back in 2006-07. That was some time ago, but it has nothing to be with Delmong being old. Thus you are guilty of that which you accuse me of. Delmon Young’s problem isn’t that he’s old, he just doesn’t seem to have the ability to do a competent job in the outfield. If he had not been injured, requiring surgery, and instead had been able to put in a winter’s work of getting the reps and training in the outfield, the outlook might be different. As it is, it seems he will be re-learning on the job. Not a pleasant prospect for a team with post-season aspirations.

        In the end it’s an opinion. It’s not about being right. It’s about looking at the Data, seeing the trends in hitting and fielding and not finding much to believe Delmon Young will be better than maybe a 4th outfielder. Of course I would like to see Delmon Young have a great season and prove that he can bounce back in a big way, but I’m not holding my breath.

  7. jessethegreat - Mar 21, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Hard to believe he was the #1 prospect in baseball not all that long ago.

    No matter what he does from here on out I’m still going to remember him for kicking the catcher in that minor league game.

    Tampa could have had a great team a lot sooner had their early picks panned out as planned in the beginning with Josh Heroineton and Demon Young both being #1 overall picks.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      “kicking the catcher”
      “Josh Heroineton”

      4 people clicked thumbs up for this post?

  8. mustbechris - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    aka Andrew Bynum.

  9. randygnyc - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    The sooner he gets into games, the sooner the possibility this bigoted douchebag gets beaned in the temple. Now that’s the type of headline I want to see about Delmon. Even better if its career ending.

    • protius - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      Dude, that’s going to be a little complicated; don’t you think?

      In the first place, how are you going to convince him to enter the Temple, and who is going to throw the ball at his head?

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