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Quote of the Day: Delmon Young would be batting 1.000 if…

Jul 4, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

Phillies outfielder Delmon Young has begun to show signs of life recently by hitting .325 with three home runs, 16 RBI, and an .858 OPS over his last 25 games. When asked today about his hot hitting, he offered this wonderful rationalization to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.

That’s uh, true. Or something. Wait, is that fireworks I hear or is my brain exploding?

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    That is stupidly poetic.

    No. Wait.

    That is poetically stupid.

    • ezthinking - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:13 AM

      It’s poetic to a stupid question.

      Does the man have to say “s#” or something similar for Twit ‘tards to get a joke?

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:48 AM

        Umm….

        What?

  2. aceshigh11 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Dude HAD to have been kidding around.

    Right?

  3. 13arod - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Nobody and I mean nobody will ever bat 1.000 for a full season

    • stoutfiles - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Someone will start their season batting 1.000 and then get hurt or sent to the minors. It’s probably already happened before at some level.

      You mean no one will ever bat 1.000 with over 500 at bats, which is still not statistically impossible, but highly unlikely.

    • Glenn - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      If you never strike out and there are no fielders, you have to bat 1.000.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        So you’re saying that it’s possible to bat 1.000 if, over the course of the season, you are traded on a frequent enough basis that you only face the Marlins and Astros?

      • mncharm - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        False. You could get called out for running outside the basepath.

      • paperlions - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        No, you can’t. You can only be called out for running outside the “base paths” if you do so to avoid being tagged by a fielder with the ball. No fielders means that rule can never be applied. You can’t even be called out for not running in the lane to 1B unless your presence interferes with a play…which can’t happen with no fielders.

      • Glenn - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:56 AM

        Again, if you never strike out and there are no fielders, under reasonable circumstances, you have to bat 1.000. Not sure what the problem with this fact is. I suppose you could put the ball in play and then run out and touch the ball to make an out, but why would you do this?

      • cohnjusack - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        Not true!

        In this scenario, Delmon does not eliminate the possibility of drawing walks, meaning he could come up 500 times, draw 500 walks and have a batting average of null.

      • silverdeer - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:23 AM

        In the scenario of no fielders, there would be not be a pitcher or catcher, therefore his average would be .000 as there would be no one to throw a pitch to make it a formal AB.

      • Tim OShenko - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

        cohnjcusack: While it’s certainly possible that a hitter could come up to the plate 500 times and draw 500 walks, it is not possible when the hitter in question in Delmon Young. At his normal rate, he would draw maybe three walks from that many plate appearances.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      13: I try to give you serious leeway do to your age. The point of defending you when others jump on you. But…WOW.
      So you don’t think anyone will ever bat 1.000 for a full season?
      To that I say…
      Thank you Mr. Obvious.

    • gt929 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      In 1985, Luis Pujols, (a cousin of Albert) batted 1.000 for the Texas Rangers. He played in 1 game, had 1 PA, and hit a single. He did this early in the year, and I remember seeing his name atop the published batting averages of the Rangers in the Ft Worth Star-Telegram for almost the entire year.

  4. Jeremy T - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Me too!

  5. ericcoyle15 - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    i still very much think the phillies can get back in it, they had the best record in baseball after the all star break last year, they do not need offense they need a back od the rotation starter and a bullpen arm but that may be hard for ruben to find but we shall see thats what makes the game of baeball so great

  6. theonlynolan - Jul 4, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Based on the headline I kind of figured he was gonna blame Israel.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      Now THAT’S funny.

  7. micknangold - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    “If there were no pitchers I’d just be standing there”

  8. badintent - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    “If I couldn’t play baseball, I’d be on the night shift at Swap Met. When no one is there.” Delmon

  9. nbjays - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Has Delmon Young been studying Stengelese?

    “You have to have a catcher or you’ll have all passed balls.” – Casey Stengel

  10. abaird2012 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Then there’s still hope for me to play in the bigs!

  11. braddavery - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Sounds like something Yogi Berra would say.

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