But when the calendar turned to September, Young turned back into the player he was from 2003-11. Young hit .313 in the season’s final month with four homers and seven doubles.
“I don’t like to scuffle,” the new Phillie said bluntly on Tuesday at his introductory press conference. “As a competitor I want to play at my top level every game. But at the same time I know how to deal with things. I’ve been in the league long enough to know that, as competitive as I am, if I make a mistake I don’t let it consume me. I know how to make adjustments and go from there.
“And that’s what I feel like I did last year. At the end of the day my numbers were nowhere near where I expect them to be this year. But I was happy about the fact that I stayed with it, I battled hard and made an adjustment at the end of the year.
“From September-on, I felt like me. And that’s where I look forward to being this year. Last year was a great learning experience, and I want to apply everything I learned last year.”
...“As far as Michael playing third base, we had enough information, historically. It wasn’t that long ago that we had these same questions about Placido Polanco,” GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “I know Michael through various parts of his career has been a Gold Glove-caliber defender. So for him to go back to third base and make that adjustment and play every day … it’s really not a great concern of ours. We feel like he’s going to be able to do that and handle it fine.”
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