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Fun with Numbers: 2017 edition

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:31 AM
Twins on pace to win 162 games this season. Twins team ERA on pace to be 1.0 Sano on pace to hit 162 home runs. Santana on pace to have t...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins@Cleveland, 6/24@3:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:29 AM
Good Afternoon everyone! (well morning time where you are  ) This is my first time writing up a game thread so I hope you like it. A...
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Article: 2017 Draft Signings, Notes and Rumors

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:28 AM
[LATEST UPDATE: 6/24]Now that the smoke has cleared and the draft is over, we can turn our sights to signing some of these 41 draft picks...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Albanese, Kend...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:19 AM
How many hits for Zack Granite on Friday? Lefties Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe made starts. How did they do? Elizabethton finally s...
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Why are the Twins giving up TWO home games to play in Pue...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:11 AM
Why on earth are they giving up TWO home games on a series next year against a division rival? These sort of concessions should be made f...
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What's Next For Delmon Young Now That Tigers Won't Bring Him Back?

Attached Image: delmon.jpg As reported in the Detroit Free Press, Tigers' GM Dave Dombrowski (who I occasionally confuse with this guy or this guy) announced that the Tigers weren't planning to bring back American League Championship Series MVP Delmon Young next season.

Young, playing out a 1-year 6.75 million dollar contract, hit .267/.296/.411 in 151 games for the Tigers in 2012 with 18 HR, 74 RBI and a 20/112 walks-to-strikeouts rate. He began the season as Detroit's starting left fielder but was soon swapped with Andy Dirks and moved to DH limiting his defensive "exposure" to only 31 games.

Delmon negated some of his lackluster performance over the regular season by putting together his best stretch of baseball in the postseason. Young went 6 for 17 with a pair of homeruns and 6 RBI in the ALCS and 5 for 14 with another homeun in the World Series.

I'm assuming that Dombrowski and the Tigers saw beyond Young's one atypical week and a half of October hitting and instead saw a player who at only 27 can no longer can play defense and who produced worse offensive results over the 25 weeks of the regular season than the proverbial "replacement player." (-1.2 WAR) I'm assuming that unlike a lot of casual fans, the Tigers front office has not forgotten about this little incident, either.

Who is the real Delmon Young? Is he a much-talented player that squandered what could have been a great career through indifference and an unstable temperament - or a vastly overrated prospect that couldn't live up to unrealistic expectations? (And what lies ahead for Delmon?)


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