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Delmon Young never got a fair shake

Delmon young did not get consistent enough at-bat to get a fair shake in Baltimore.

Delmon young did not get consistent enough at-bat to get a fair shake in Baltimore.

Delmon Young never got a fair shake with the Baltimore Orioles and now he is on his way out of town. The Orioles designated him for assignment on Wednesday and one must assume it has to do with him only going 2-for-19 since June 12 and him only having eight extra base hits and just two home runs.

But Young deserved better than what he got in Baltimore. Hitters have to get in a rhythm and the Orioles just did not use him consistently enough for him to truly show how good of a batter he could be.

Young batted a remarkable .357 in April when he was a fixture in the team’s lineup and still hit a solid .273 in May, again still as a regular hitter in the lineup.

Young only stopped hitting when the Orioles stopped using him in the lineup every day.

Up until June 11, Young was in the lineup regularly in either right field or as the designated hitter and was batting a very respectable .290 but for some reason, he was taken out of the lineup and given just one or two at bats in games, if he hit at all.

It is hard to come in and get a hit when you’re cold like Young often was. Young recorded a hit in seven out of nine games early in June but then he got taken out of the lineup and things went south.

The Orioles designated Young for assignment to make room for Tyler Wilson, who was recalled from Triple-A. The Orioles now have 10 days to trade Young or put him on waivers. Most likely, they will look to trade him rather than just lose him for nothing on waivers.

Last year, Young was great as a pinch hitter being used in random situations, batting .302 with seven home runs in 83 at-bats, but it is very hard to do that twice. Young needed the consistent opportunities to succeed and the Orioles just were not giving them to him when they clearly should have been.

Steve Pearce will likely be used as the full-time right fielder now instead of as a super-utility getting in the lineup at multiple positions. Pearce, though, has struggled mightily in the batters box this year, hitting only .217 with six home runs. Last year he was spectacular, batting .293 with 21 home runs.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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