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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Michael Young encouraged by late-season surge

And I find, I’m singling softly as I near
September, the worn September of my years

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.”

Repoz Posted: December 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: December 18, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4328137)
Will Young be to the Phillies what Pete Rose was to the Expos? A guy viewed as a 'leader' who will help them after a slump but who actually ends up being the harbinger of doom?
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM (#4328140)
ya'know, every so often my left hand kind of cooperates and i can handle a zipper. but i don't fool myself into thinking that left hand is ever coming back completely

   3. asinwreck Posted: December 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM (#4328164)
Most analogies in scouting reports use a different meaning of the word "stroke," but if the comparison is fair, use it.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: December 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM (#4328195)
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.

Ruben Amaro strikes me as a very silly man.

ya'know, every so often my left hand kind of cooperates and i can handle a zipper. but i don't fool myself into thinking that left hand is ever coming back completely

As long as you can still throw a good right cross.

Always wishing you the best old man. :-)
   5. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: December 18, 2012 at 10:35 PM (#4328216)
ya'know, every so often my left hand kind of cooperates and i can handle a zipper.


Must.

Resist.

Commenting.

Mainly because Harveys will hunt me down & shoot me with one of his self-made bullets. Hell, he probably made the gun, too.
   6. JimMusComp misses Jerry Dipoto... Posted: December 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM (#4328229)
Harveys - I wish you the best. But this was HILARIOUS.
   7. Textbook Editor Posted: December 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM (#4328232)
I know how to make adjustments and go from there.


Like Michael Young, if you adjust the bread just so in the center of the toaster slot, you will get very evenly-toasted toast.

Ruben Amaro strikes me as a very silly man.


Naw, the silly men are the Phillies fans who are excited by the Young signing.
   8. smileyy Posted: December 19, 2012 at 01:49 AM (#4328287)
[1] As long as we hear a lot more about "slump busting" from someone.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: December 19, 2012 at 05:11 AM (#4328317)
ok, took me a bit to figure out what the h8ck you guys were posting but now i see i walked right into one

   10. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: December 19, 2012 at 08:53 AM (#4328367)
the silly men are the Phillies fans who are excited by the Young signing.

Well the writers and yakkers seem pretty excited but I'm not so sure about the fans. Then again, when your 2012 3B savior was Kevin Frandsen with BABIPpy high BA, your expectations are set low. Young has a 75% chance of being better than any internal option. Frandsen would likely hit an empty .235 or something like that.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2012 at 09:47 AM (#4328411)
Michael Young has all the markings of a future Royal.

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