Friday, April 27, 2012

City background on Delmon Young

Here's what I sent to the office to "localize" the Delmon Young story for Saturday's paper. I'm told the 2006 bat-hits-umpire incident with Durham was already included. Not sure how much of this they'll insert.

Young was with the Biscuits in 2005 and was the Southern League's most valuable player, but he also had at least two tempermental on-the-field incidents.

On April 29, 2005, Young chest-bumped an umpire after being ejected and drew a three-game suspension. On April 23, Young was hit in the back by a pitch and threw his bat over his head toward the pitching mound. He was not ejected.

Young had a .336 average with 20 home runs and 71 RBIs in 84 games that year for the Biscuits.

Young was born Sept. 14, 1985, at Maxwell Air Force Base while his dad, Larry, served in Montgomery as a recruiter for the Navy. While the family lived in Montgomery, Dmitri Young, Delmon's older brother and a future major leaguer, starred on the varsity baseball team at Alabama Christian as a seventh- and eighth-grader.

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