When the Orioles designated Delmon Young for assignment last week they seemed to think finding a taker for him via trade was likely, but that apparently didn’t pan out and now they’ve released him.
Young is still just 29 years old despite seemingly being around forever, but he’s a terrible defensive corner outfielder and doesn’t hit enough to make up for it. This season he batted .270 with two homers and a .628 OPS in 52 games for the Orioles and Young has a combined .708 OPS in 513 games since what looked like a breakout season for the Twins in 2010.
The former No. 1 overall pick and one-time elite prospect will no doubt latch on somewhere, but realistically Young is best suited to be a platoon designated hitter and … well, that’s not really a role that carries much value.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.