Three strikes, and you’re out? Finally?
In our society where a measure of athletic prowess is not just a get-out-of-jail-FREE card, but a pathway to forgiveness and second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. chances, finally one of the true pieces of human filth to be paid millions of dollars over many years just because he can hit a baseball and despite character flaws, and, oh, yea, being a sociopath, may have
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|finally met the end. At least we can hope so.
When Miami police were called to investigate a choking incident at a local condominium, last night, they went to the alleged perp’s unit, and when he answered the door, reportedly the perp was naked from the waist down, was belligerent, and assaulted the officers, threatening to batter them as well. He was identified as major league scum Delmon Young, who his latest victim, a valet at Young’s condo building, described as having called him a “stupid Cuban”, cussed at
The only mystery is why a jerk like Young has received new contracts and major league playing time over the past few years. A few weeks ago I wrote about how the Dodgers had done the right thing by refusing to complete a trade for Aroldis Chapman, and seeing in that perhaps a realization among professional sports management people that perhaps character really is relevant and that, again perhaps, it should be a more important consideration in personnel decisions.
If that had been the case, maybe Young would never have seen a major league dugout.
Young’s sad history, at least the widely reported matters (I doubt that that’s all there is) dates back to 2006 when he was in Triple-A, playing for the Durham Bulls. In April of that year, after being called out on strikes, he took a few steps toward the dugout, and then threw his bat at the home plate umpire, striking him in the chest and arm. For this assault and battery that could have caused, but didn’t, serious injury, he was suspended all of 50 games. 50 games? Yep, that’s all.
Young went on to play for Tampa Bay later in the season, and the next season he appeared in all 162 of their games, finishing second in Rookie of the Year balloting. Despite his fine performance, it does not stretch the imagination to think that something was amiss, as after the season the Rays traded him to Minnesota. He stayed there until late in the 2011 season, when he was traded to Detroit. Since then, he has passed from the Tigers to Philadelphia, back to Tampa Bay, and to the Orioles, who released him in midseason, 2015. He is currently, and rightfully, unemployed.
But no history of Delmon Young is thorough and no full examination of his character is complete without a discussion of the disgusting incident of April, 2012, which led to his arrest in New York, for the hate crime of “aggravated harassment”. The intoxicated Young
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|got into a physical altercation with a group of tourists on a New York city street, in which he used anti-Semitic epithets. Some news reports said that Young had actually tacked a person to the ground.
MLB gave Young a whole seven-day suspension for that one, and the Courts, upon his guilty plea to the criminal charges, sentenced him to ZERO jail time, instead ordering him to perform all of ten days of community service and to
There is no place in sports for a piece of scum like Young, and he’s had more than his share of chances. Any owner who agrees to signing him now should be the center of a blistering attack by his team’s fans, and if they have any backbone, also from the rest of the team’s players.