Despite playing for five different teams and in general not being particularly valuable Delmon Young is headed to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.
This year he’ll do so as a part-time player for the Orioles, but Young was also playoff bound for the Rays last season, the Tigers in 2012 and 2011, and the Twins in 2010 and 2009.
During that six-season span he’s hit just .278 with a .311 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage, but as a playoff veteran Young did share his advice for less-experienced Orioles with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:
Keep your booty loose and go out there and play baseball. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because if you make a mistake anyway, we lose a game and you’re going to get scrutinized on TV, anyway, by the media for nit-picky things. And if you play well, you are going to be thrown into a status that’s really good. But you can’t play scared in the postseason, and you can’t be afraid to make mistakes.
“Keep your booty loose” is, just generally speaking, excellent advice.
On a related note, Young has hit .265 with a .320 on-base percentage and 25/8 K/BB ratio in the playoffs to basically match his underwhelming career norms, but that comes along with nine homers in 33 games for an impressive .538 slugging percentage.
Delmon Young in the playoffs: Loose booty, big bat.