Detroit's Mr. October is named Delmon
- Blog Post by: Howard Sinker
- October 15, 2012 - 1:53 PM
Would Delmon Young knock out Josh Willingham, Denard Span or Ben Revere from the Twins outfield? Probably not.
And would you rather have Delmon or Ryan Doumit doing most of your DH'ing.
We'd vote for Doumit.
That doesn't mean Young can't carve out a good niche for himself, which he has done with his postseason work for Detroit, which picked him up from the Twins for very little in August 2011.
One of the things that distinguishes the Twins from most other teams -- in addition to their consecutive almost-100-loss seasons -- is the presence of a blogging community that doesn't quit. It goes longer and deeper 12 months a year than those associated with other MLB teams.
One of the more under-recognized Twins blogs is North Dakota Twins Fan, whose most recent post points out that the new all-time postseason home run leader for the Tigers is.
Before you get too excited, keep in mind that Young has a total of six postseason homers and the player he supplanted at the top was Craig Monroe, who had a brief and ugly partial season with the Twins in 2008.
Blogger Cody Christie explains why: "One reason the postseason home run list for the Tigers might be a little unpopulated could be the fact the team was really bad during most of the steroid era. The Tigers won the World Series in 1984 and lost to the Twins in the 1987 ALCS and it went downhill from that point. The franchise lost over 100 games in 1989 and 1996 and it would get worse in the early 2000's with the team having back-to-back 100 loss seasons. This also included a season where the club lost 119 games. From 1987 to 2006, there were no playoff appearances for the Tigers and there were plenty of home runs flying out of ballparks across the baseball world during this time period."
Another reason, obviously, is that Detroit's greats who played in the postseason were doing back when October baseball was a sprint, not a marathon -- a seven-game max instead of the current 20.
Young has a .248 postseason average with Detroit in 64 plate appearances, only two of which ended up with walks. So there's little reason to extrapolate his postseason production into any kind of long-term success.
As Christie writes: "The Twins outfield situation was one the least things for the club to worry about so it's not like fans are clamoring to see Young back in the Twin Cities. His play in the regular season has been the same old Delmon Young; he can't play defense, he doesn't take walks, and his power is spotty. The small sample size of the postseason can make anyone look like a legend and it will be interesting to see what someone is willing to pay for him when he hits the free agent market."
Read the rest of his post here.
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