I Am Not Happy That Delmon Young Is Being Let Go By The Birds

Sports and Bets — July 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm by

We are simple folk here as Charm City Wire.  Simple folk who like winners on their local sports teams .  We also like athletes on these sports teams that produce in clutch situations.  Delmon Young is one of those athletes.  His three run double versus the Tigers in the playoffs last year is the greatest game moment in the history of Camden Yards.  Young is clutch in the playoffs and in the regular season. As a pinch hitter, Delmon was 13 for 29 (.448) in a season and a half for the O’s.  Do you know when American League pinch hitters are usually called upon?  Yep, you guessed it, late in the game in crunch time, when the game is on the line and when hits become all the more important.

Yet the Orioles gave Delmon the old DFA designation.  That means that the Birds have ten days to trade, release, or put Young through waivers.  Young is batting .270 and is third in the majors in outfield assists, despite limited playing time.  He’s a definite asset and he it won’t be long before he’s playing baseball elsewhere.  Hopefully the Birds can at least work out some sort of trade with someone looking for a solid right handed bat.

I must say I’m a bit perplexed by this move.  I understand the O’s needed the reliever up and I understand that there’s a log jam in the outfield/DH/1B position that Buck has ingeniously created.  I also understand that the O’s feel that they have a wealth of right-handed bats at their disposal.

But they don’t have a playoff proven clutch commodity off the bench now that Delmon Young is gone.  The guy that batted .448 off the pine and the guy who had nine home runs in 37 career post-season games is gone.  The clutch gene isn’t instilled in everyone, and the Birds just let a guy who was born with that gene walk.  I want that guy on my roster no matter what.  For some reason, the Orioles don’t.

Delmon Young was the perfect role player.  He’s better than David Lough and Nolan Reimold combined.  And I’m not happy that he’s gone.

cover: nytimes

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