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Delmon Young is “in as good a shape as he’s been in in a long time”

Mar 3, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

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SARASOTA — One of the first things I saw upon entering the Orioles’ clubhouse this morning was Delmon Young wearing compression shorts and no shirt on. And you guys say you wish you had my job.

I will say, though, Young looked better in that ensemble than I figured he might. It made me wonder if he wasn’t in better shape this year than he’s been in the past few years. My guess was confirmed by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, who asked Buck Showalter about it. here’s Buck:

“Delmon can hit,” Showalter said. “He’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in in a long time.”

Also, Kubatko felt it necessary to note that, when he spoke with Young, Young was “bathed in a heavy sweat.” There’s the second mental image for you today.

Seriously, though. Good for Young. The only times he’s been a solid major leaguer have come when he’s been in good shape. And given that Nelson Cruz‘s presence may mean it’s hard for Young to make the team, he’s going to need every advantage he can get to be in the bigs this year.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    After watching him for 100 or so games in RF last year for the Phillies, I can tell you this guy is a waste of space, whether in the field or at the plate. Why Amaro brought him in last year was beyond me. I called for his cutting after May, but they kept trotting him out there everyday. Watching him play was like getting a tooth pulled.

    • trevorbwg - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      WHOA?! When did you get let back in?!

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      You are right to be negative about Young, according to his past history. He has been out or shape in the past and looked lazy. However, I think that he realizes that the could be his last chance to kick start his career. Additionally, if he looks good and performs well, it can even help him even if the Orioles let him go. Another team may pick him up to help them, but he must put up good numbers and have a good showing. Clearly, Young has a lot to lose. But the Orioles have a lot to gain and little to lose.

  2. karlkolchak - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    His brother Dmitry could also hit when he laid off the junk food and worked out regularly. Dmitry had far better overall on base skills, however.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Dimitri was a serious athlete who could flat out hit. If I am not mistaken…he also played high school ball as a middle schooler.

    • billybawl - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      Dimitri sold his collection of rookie cards for about $2.5 million.

      Delmon will sell you a lot of 100 Brien Taylor, Todd Van Poppel and Ruben Rivera rookie cards for five bucks.

  3. zdravit - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Some AAA team will be happy to hear this.

  4. cocheese000 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Cutting out the booze and bad good along with exercise can do wonders for the body.

  5. cocheese000 - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM


    • Old Gator - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Thanks for clarifying. At first I thought you were redacting Plato.

  6. philliesblow - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The result of a Kosher diet, no doubt.

  7. bigharold - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    “..Young was “bathed in a heavy sweat.” There’s the second mental image for you today.”

    Yeah, an image that will take copious amounts of beer to eradicate. And, there you have, .. today’s reason to crack a few cold ones.

  8. tfbuckfutter - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    5 more pounds and he’ll be down to his birth weight.

    • binarymath - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      That, Mr. Futter is the top comment of the spring so far!

  9. disgracedfury - Mar 3, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    At least 5 players a year in spring training say there “in the best shape of there lives”.Until they can play than it’s just talk.I will say Delmon can hit in the postseason.

  10. hardkor07mn - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    He could lose a 100lbs and he still sucks!

  11. randygnyc - Mar 4, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Still rooting for this anti Semite to have his much deserved career ending injury. Impatiently waiting.

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