Delmon Young’s playoff motto: “Keep your booty loose”


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.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.