The sad news that Delmon Young has been charged with allegedly assaulting and threatening a Miami hotel worker could end his once promising major league career.
Young was the top overall pick in the 2003 draft by Tampa Bay, but never became a star.
With a reputation for anger issues, Young moved on to Minnesota, Detroit, Philadelphia and back to Tampa Bay before landing with the Orioles two years ago.
His worst incident came in New York when he was playing with the Tigers. Young was arrested in 2012 for harassing people on the street and using anti-Semitic remarks.
In Sunday’s incident, he was charged with using anti-Cuban remarks to a hotel worker and a police officer. In both incidents, he was reported to be intoxicated.
From 2009-14, Young meant good fortune to the teams he played. Every year, his team made the postseason.
In Oct. 2014, he delivered one of the more memorable postseason hits in Orioles history, a three-run double against Detroit in Game 2 of the Division Series.
Young signed a minor league contract before the 2014 season and the Orioles came him a major league deal for last year.
They hoped he would at least equal his 2014 numbers when he batted .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. Last year, he hit .270 with two home runs and 16 RBIs.
Young was let go last July, but no one ever picked him up.
While he was with the Orioles, there were no reported incidents, but the team feels fortunate to have dodged real trouble with Young.
In a media friendly clubhouse, Young mostly stayed to himself except for occasionally playing cards. He wasn’t comfortable being interviewed and didn’t offer much.
At 30, Young is facing serious criminal charges and with many other outfielders of his age with better resumes and reputations unemployed, he could be done.
Never a good outfielder, Young had some power. In 2010, he hit 21 home runs and 112 RBIs for Minnesota. Young was an overly aggressive hitter, and rarely walked.
Even before these charges, Young hadn’t gotten any interest around the majors. It isn’t hard to see why.
NOTES: The Orioles officially invited 17 non-roster players to spring training. Pitchers Pedro Beato, Jeff Beliveau, Cesar Cabral, Hunter Harvey, Andy Oliver, Todd Redmond and Ashur Tolliver join catchers Jonah Heim, Audry Perez and Chance Sisco. Infielders Paul Janish, Trey Mancini, Ozzie Martinez and Steve Tolleson were invited as were outfielders Xavier Avery, L.J. Hoes and Alfredo Marte.
Oliver, a left-hander was 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in games with Detroit in 2010-11.
First baseman/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich, who was briefly on the 40-man roster last month, did not receive an invitation.
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