Originally Posted by TDog
The thing is, I don't know if the Tigers win the Central last year without Delmon Young. He had so many big hits last year, especially against the White Sox, that even if he had been replaced by someone with better overall numbers, the Tigers might hae won fewer games. When the White Sox won two of three from the Tigers early in the season, I commented that Sox pitchers were treating Young like the most dangerous hitter in the lineup. He wasn't, but later, he killed the Sox.
The at bat that stands out is the one in the September 2 game against Justin Verlander when Young hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied with the White Sox a game ahead of the Tigers in the standings. He didn't hit .300 against the Sox this year, but he hit a few home runs and a few doubles, and they always seemed to hurt.
Maybe the Tigers won't miss him in 2013, but the White Sox would have been better off if he had left a year earlier.
Young only hurt us in September. He was useless all year and a big reason the Tigers needed to even beat us down the stretch. And they replaced him with Torii Hunter, who's a better player and still kills us.