2013 Dodgers in Review #13: 3B Michael Young

90topps_michaelyoung.314/.321/.392 53pa 0hr .309 wOBA -0.2 fWAR (inc.)

2013 in brief: Late-season acquisition made every single out in the playoffs. Every last one.

2014 status: Free agent, possibly headed to retirement.

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I’d been so terrified of Michael Young coming to the Dodgers for so long that not only had I been referring to him as “future Dodger Michael Young” for some time, I’d been making posts regarding the rumors for years. No, really: back in 2009, I compared him to Blake DeWitt. In 2011, rumors popped up and I decided I didn’t prefer him to Casey Blake, posting on it twice. (I might have been wrong about that one.) By July of this year I joked that it was inevitable; and then of course on August 31, it was real. All too real.

Now I will say that part of my concern was that his overblown reputation would cause him to come in and immediate bounce the superior Juan Uribe from third base, hurting the Dodgers on both sides of the ball, but especially defense. To Don Mattingly‘s credit, that didn’t happen. Young started only five September games at third (along with five more at other infield spots) and not once in the playoffs, despite Steve Lyons spouting some garbage about how he was certain to. And since the bench obviously needed help and losing Rob Rasmussen was no big loss, you could at least see how the trade made sense.

But man, was Young brutal. Yes, he hit .314, though that only shows you how limited batting average is; since he walked only once and had three extra-base hits, that made him barely league-average in limited play with the Dodgers, and the lousy defense made him below replacement. In the playoffs, of course, he was horrible, collecting just one single in ten plate appearances and, in Game 1 of the NLCS, hitting into two double plays and putting up one of the worst playoff games of all time despite not entering until the eighth inning.

Young is a free agent, and he’s been rumored to retire, though nothing is yet certain. After years of worrying about his arrival and six weeks of watching it unfold just as we expected, I don’t think I can take any more.

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Next! You think watching Young was painful? It’s Luis Cruz!

363 comments
redconstruction
redconstruction

get your head out of your ass. Mike young i seven time all star, with a batting title, and several other achievements like 7 200+ hit seasons. In 2011 he was 5th on American league MVP voting and was top 5 in 7 hitting categories.  Your write ups are alot more painful to read than watching his hitting. He has a better career than any current dodger :) wake up and stop bashing a future hall of famer

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

If Stephen Fife's review doesn't include the Fife Hard poster, Mike is just wasting our time

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Myung is terrible but luis cruz is awful. i'm conflicted on getting a new post. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

"We'll let you know tomorrow morning either way"

...and yet, still nothing, and they aren't answering their phone.

TheConman
TheConman

at the time though, it made sense to hate it. Nobody knew Trayvon would flop as much as he did

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@EephusBlue this is false. Darth Vader was actually a terrible father. He imprisoned his daughter and even cut off his son's hand. A real jerk if you ask me.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

he had to pretty much throw it down the pipe for you to hit it if u are a righty

Lobo
Lobo

@EephusBlue So what you're telling me is Clayton Kershaw is good?

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim exhale. 

even if this doesn't happen, there are other jobs. if it falls apart over the difference that you told us about, it is probably not a place you want to work. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@TheConman oh wait, i have NO idea how i typed that. i meant to say that i whole heartedly agree with you Conman. 

I am so sorry for my typos in the comment above.