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Phillies release Delmon Young

Aug 14, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Delmon Young AP

As expected Delmon Young passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week. He then rejected an assignment to the minors, at which point the Phillies released him.

Young’s contract was cheap enough that if any team thought he had any sort of meaningful value they could have claimed him off waivers, so this isn’t exactly a great sign for his career at age 27.

He hasn’t been a viable regular since 2010, hitting just .266 with a .299 on-base percentage and .402 slugging percentage (plus awful defense) in 355 games during that time, and the market for platoon should-be designated hitters with mediocre power and zero plate discipline tends to be pretty limited.

Mazel tov to the Phillies for moving on.

  1. mustbechris - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Good riddance.

  2. biasedhomer - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The signing itself was not bad, but having him start everyday was a big mistake.

  3. rhmurphy - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    BET ON TOOLS

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    So wait, relying on 7 year old scouting reports isn’t the new market inefficiency? Why I dare say I’m shocked!

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/29/ruben-amaro-relied-on-seven-year-old-scouting-reports-to-sign-delmon-young-what/

  5. tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    But he drives in runs.

    HE. DRIVES. IN. RUNS!

  6. Ben - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    The mazel tov is funny because he’s an antisemitic jerk.

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      I agree one million percent even though my dear friend Hyman Roth failed to avenge me.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Nice catch, most likely was put in there intentionally.

      • Bryz - Aug 15, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Considering Gleeman is Jewish and has repeatedly made Delmon Young/anti-Semitic jokes on his podcast, yes it was.

    • drone501 - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:12 AM

      he’s also an anti dentite.

  7. unclemosesgreen - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    So uh – RAJ – what’s up with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez? Still translating all of his 7-year old scouting reports?

  8. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I hope he never sees a major league pitch again, outside of television.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Can I do my told-you-so dance now?

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Does it involve a pole?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        Limbo!

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        Not what I was going for.

        But I’ll take it.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Maypole?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        I was going to say no, but then I remembered all the girls I had crushes on in elementary school and thought “maybe” and then I remembered looking them up on facebook and now I’m actually even deeper into “no” territory.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Damn Facebook.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Did everyone you knew growing up turn out looking really gross or suspiciously child-molestory too?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:57 PM

        I have never looked up anyone I went to school with on FB. Via the feed of a friend, I know that my prom date ended up marrying and having like 11 kids — so, dodged a bullet there.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        You went to prom with that Duggar guy? Fucking gross.

        I have an odd ability to remember most people I encounter. So sometimes when super bored I’m like “Hey, I wonder what that kid who punched me for not letting me sit at my desk in kindergarten (fuck you Vincent Batsen) is up to these days” and will cyber stalk just a little bit.

        I am never impressed with the results.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Well, aren’t we a judgy futter?

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        Don’t put shit on the internet if you don’t want to be judged.

        That’s even a concept stupid people can understand (but still widely ignore).

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Glad I didn’t say what I originally was going to then.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

        Were you going to say “what’s wrong with being anti-semetic (SP?)”?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        No, man, I’m down. I took health in middle school.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        Wait….shit….was that a semen joke?

        Because if so, awesome.

        If not….what?

      • historiophiliac - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

        More like a circumcision joke fail…

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        You blockhead.

        (You have no idea how smirky the smirk that accompanies that comment is)

  10. mungman69 - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Let’s see, he can’t hit, he can’t run and he can’t field. So just why did they release him?

  11. multiplemiggs - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Whats wrong with being anti-semetic?

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      Nothing at all.

      Just like there’s nothing wrong with being a racist.

      Unless you care about what people think about you.

  12. jziii - Aug 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Sounds like Delmon’s going to need to put in a little effort to get back in shape if he wants to get another chance. Or will he wait a few years until he’s broke before he decides to do it?

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