During his 13-year MLB career Dmitri Young was one of the largest players in baseball, often struggling with his weight while being listed at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds.
Now he’s 40 years old and Young not only slimmed down in an effort to deal with his diabetes, the man nicknamed “Da Meat Hook” shocked people with how skinny he looks while saying hello to some friends at the Reds-Nationals game in Cincinnati game over the weekend.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post passes along quotes from a radio interview in which Young said he’s currently 205 pounds and “did it the right way” by “doing a lot of cardio” and then, once some of the weight came off, “working out” more seriously.
As someone who lost 150 pounds a few years ago and has been up and down several times since then, I commend Young on going with the diet-and-exercise route. It’s the hard way, but it’s also the most rewarding way and, hopefully in his case, the way to long-term success.
(Also, for a guy who dropped nearly 100 pounds that’s a pretty cool bacon shirt he’s wearing in the picture.)
Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.
According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.
Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.