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Delmon Young has been benched by the Phillies

Aug 7, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Domonic Brown is back from a concussion and the Phillies have decided to shift Darin Ruf to right field in order to keep his bat in the lineup, which means … Delmon Young has been benched.

Young took a cheap, incentive-laden one-year deal from the Phillies coming off ankle surgery, with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and manager Charlie Manuel talking him up while guys like me wondered why exactly they wanted a corner outfielder who’s a below-average hitter and one of the worst fielders in baseball.

Sure enough Young has hit just .262 with a .304 on-base percentage and .401 slugging percentage for a .705 OPS that’s 55 points below the MLB average for right fielders and Ultimate Zone Rating pegs him as 8.1 runs below average defensively in 493 innings. Same old, same old.

But hey, based on those same seven-year-old scouting reports the Phillies relied on to sign Young he probably still looks pretty good. And at least they got him to lose a few pounds with $600,000 in weigh-in incentives.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    he he

    he he he he he

    he he he…

    • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Well at least the Phillies only paid $750,000 + incentives… The Tigers paid what? 6 Million more? :)

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        True, but we were making a playoff run not operating a Jenny Craig franchise.

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        You know, that might have been a cheaper way to get Delmon to lose weight.

        The man occasionally showed flashes of brilliance (both offense and defense), alas, baseball is about being consistently good not occasionally good.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        That’s pretty much how we felt too.

      • spursareold - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Yeah, you can bust his fat chops, but DY always seemed to come through in the post season. Not really an issue in Philly this year, tbh.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Oy Vey!

    • spursareold - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:45 PM


  3. flamethrower101 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Yeah but ask Ruben Amaro Jr. and they’re a contender!

  4. commonsenseisnotcmonman - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Not sure why it took this long to bench him. Between Donut and Mayberry Jr, the OF play has been comical at best.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Hey, Mayberry made one of the most valiant efforts every to lay out and dive for a ball- he wasn’t within 5 yds of it, but that didn’t stop him from trying and that has to count for something…oh yeah, it counted as a triple, nevermind.

  5. redwingshockey23 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I’m just got the Tiger’s didn’t resign him.

  6. bronco58lb - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    At one time back in 2005, Delmon might have been baseball’s most valuable commodity during his age 19 season in the Southern League. That’s why they are called “prospects”. You have to continue to improve and adjust and Delmon stagnated and regressed from that point on. A real waste. His brother should have been a star too.

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I feel bad for the HBT guys – they had such high hopes for Delmon Young posts. And this is the best they had all year…..

    • historiophiliac - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Well, I guess he’s back on the table. Hello, Yanks?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Vernon Wells needs a buddy

  8. twinsapologist - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I think the Phillies need to hire Gleeman to sit in the outfield every game. It worked last week!

  9. 13arod - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    This isnt going to end well

  10. galtur - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    The guy had 116 RBI two years ago. There is potential. Potential for 90-100 RBI + cheep price + motivated player + weak market + need right handed bat = sensible.

    Best move ever? Nope, but there is some logic to it.
    Can anyone name a better option that was on the market?
    Upton? I can’t imagine the Phils could have out-bid the Braves. (I would have liked to have seen them make a run for Torii Hunter).
    Going into a season where contention was not out of the question, they could not start off with Dom Brown (question mark), and Darin Ruf (question mark) in the corners.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Yes, it is amazing what a guy can do hitting behind on-base machines like Mauer (.402) and Morneau (.437) were that year.

  11. ryanrockzzz - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    For all the Delmon Young hate, he’s exactly what the Phillies paid for. They may have been expecting the numbers to be a little better, but honestly Young is the least of this team’s problems this year.

    • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Well, getting below average offense, defense, and base running from your RF is a problem…and generally it is a problem with respect to both scoring and preventing runs.

      • biasedhomer - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        You get what you pay for. He signed a contract that is about market value for a 4th/5th OFer. Thats the talent you get.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Yes, but the signed him with the idea of him being a full-time starter. There really isn’t a problem with a big league roster to which “Delmon Young” is an answer.

        The fact that he was cheap is irrelevant to whether or not him playing has contributed to losing, because…you know…him playing has contributed to losing.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        I think you are missing the larger point – the attention he gets is way out of whack with what actually transpired. The Phillies got exactly what they paid for, and if they had better options (looking at you Mayberry), then those options would have started. The over paid for Howard. They overpaid for Papelbohn. You could argue Doc should not have had a 4th year. Fill in the others you would like. But to spend all this time analyzing the pro’s and cons of dime a dozen FA contact like this is silly. Hell – why doesn’t anyone talk about keeping Laynce Nix over Nate Shierholtz?

        If this was Ross Gload, would there be all this attention? All this Delmon Young fixation borders on Derangement Syndrome. They gave him back up money and he played like a back up.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        I agree with that….but I really think most of that “attention” is just Craig poking Phillies fans….who, as a group, are very thin-skinned and can be counted on to over-react to the ribbing, which seems to entertain the hell out of Craig.

        This hasn’t really gotten much if any attention from anyone else, has it?

        The point still stands though, that the Phillies put themselves in a position in which they though Young was their best option in RF, which may have been true….but doesn’t absolve them as they were the ones responsible for being in that situation in the first place….and Young has been a below replacement level player….he isn’t even worth the roster spot no matter how much he is being paid.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        ” I really think most of that “attention” is just Craig poking Phillies fans”

        Yes – hence Craig being in the by-line here….oh wait. And come’on – you know perfectly well plenty of people have spent a lot of time on the topic here.

        As for the roster spot, I stand behind my statement that he played like a back up

      • biasedhomer - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Its not because Phillies fans are thin skinned. Its because Phillies fans are one of the majorities on this board. Craig trolls Phillies fans not only because he is a Braves fan, but mainly because he wants more hits. Let’s not forget this is a bushiness, and talking about the Phillies brings in much more traffic than other subjects.

        Just like why Skip Bayless is on air, Craig writing about the Phillies is no different.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        I didn’t even write this post. Sheesh.

      • paperlions - Aug 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        Haha…sorry, man. I just assume that week day, daytime stuff is yours.

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        “I didn’t even write this post. Sheesh.”

        LOL Reminds me of the Clerks line “I’m not even supposed to be at work today!!!!”

  12. byjiminy - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Details, details!

    (sorry about the accidental thumbs down, I was trying to hit the reply button!)

  13. s0krat3s - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Young batted .307 in June & .284 in July. Forgetting that Phillies were the major losers of the trade deadline by not doing anything at all, Why on earth would you wait until a player is hitting well until you bench him? With Mayberry hitting .250 & .259 the last two months. And Young/Frandsen not doing anything more than Young. All the more reason Manuel needs to be gone.

  14. greymares - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Looks like a 1 game benching. lol.

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