The Follies of Being Young
Delmon Young, that is. Can you say “Bad career move?” I know he can. Nice pic, Delmon. Nice smile. Hope to see it again, soon.
From the Associated Press.
Durham Bulls outfielder and top overall 2003 draft choice Delmon Young threw a bat into the chest of the home plate umpire after being called out on strikes in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game at Pawtucket.
Young took a third strike on a 1-and-2 pitch. When Young delayed leaving the batter’s box, the umpire ejected him. Young then flipped his bat underhand. It sailed end over end and hit the umpire in the chest.
Pawtucket catcher Corky Miller said he didn’t hear Young say anything to the umpire. “I heard the umpire say, ‘You better get going,'” Miller said.
“It was hard to say what was going through his mind. Guys have emotions. But you try to learn how to control them. I’m sure as the bat left his hands he knew it was a bad decision,” Miller said.
Young left during the game and wasn’t available for comment afterward. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays said they would have no comment until they review the situation.
Replacement umpires have been working all minor league games this season because the regular umpires are on strike. Bill Wanless, a spokesman for the Pawtucket Red Sox, said minor league teams are not releasing the names of umpires while the regulars are on strike.
“It’s an unfortunate incident and there should be no place for actions like that in the game of baseball,” the umpire said in a statement released by Pawtucket. “Any official should not be treated like that. He embarrassed himself and his teammates.”
Young, 20, is the younger brother of Detroit Tigers outfielder Dmitri Young. He was voted the Tampa Bay Devil Rays’ minor league player of the year last season and the 2005 minor league player of the year by Baseball America.
“It was unfortunate and until I speak with the organization and see what they have in mind, maybe I can comment on it later,” Durham manager John Tamargo said. “It’s a tough situation right now.
Note From Chris:
I’ve seen the video of the incident now, and the newspaper accounts don’t do it justice. I thought Young flipped his bat from a couple of feet away, but it was a lot worse than that. Check out the video at MLB.com