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Former Tigers outfielder Delmon Young has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of aggravated harassment stemming from an incident in Manhattan this spring.
Due in a New York court on Tuesday to face a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge, troubled Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young might not be able to suit up for Tuesday's game two with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Despite the relative proximity of New York and Boston, it's unclear how long Young's arraignment will take, and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski doesn't sound optimistic about having his usual designated hitter in the lineup. "We are not sure," Dombrowski told MLive.com via text message on Sunday morning. "It depends upon how long the hearing takes and the flight schedule. We are hopeful that he will not miss the game."
Young is hitting .252 with a pair of home runs and 15 RBI through 40 games with Detroit this season, a year after producing a .274/8/32 line in a 40-game stint in Motown last summer. He appears to have settled into the day-to-day designated hitter position with Victor Martinez still months away from returning, but nonetheless, it's never a good thing when legal troubles of any kind prevent a professional athlete from getting on the field.
The Detroit Tigers are about to get outfielder Delmon Young back in the lineup. Young has been on the restricted list while serving a seven-day suspension imposed by the MLB following an altercation outside his hotel room in New York City. Young was activated Friday afternoon, while Brad Eldred, his replacement, was designated for assignment.
Chris Iott is reporting that Eldred has cleared waivers and will be assigned to Triple-A Toledo. Eldred was having a great run in Toledo and tried to take advantage of Young's misfortune to show the Tigers he should remain on the roster.
Unfortunately, he wasn't able to perform. He hit just .188, going 3-for-16 with a double, a triple and one run batted in over five appearances with the Tigers. He struck out six times. Prior to that, he was hitting .388 with 13 homeruns and 35 RBIs in 20 games for Toledo.
On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers activated troubled outfielder Delmon Young from the restricted list following the completion of his seven-day suspension by the MLB. Young's suspension was in response to his arrest last Friday morning stemming from an altercation outside his New York City hotel room. While Young has returned to the active roster, he is not expected to start on Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. However, he will be available to come in off the bench.
Just as Young's suspension has ended, so too has the Tigers' experiment with minor-league standout Brad Eldred. Per Jason Beck:
Eldred goes on outright waivers, so any other team that wants to take a shot with him can make claim. More likely he goes back to @MudHens.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) May 4, 2012
After going on a tear at Triple-A Toledo, the 31-year-old was brought onto the Tigers' roster when the team released Brandon Inge on April 26. When Young was suspended, it provided Eldred the perfect opportunity to earn a role.
After going 3-for-16 with an RBI and six strikeouts, Eldred failed to make the necessary impression to keep him with Detroit. In order to make room for Young, the Tigers were forced to designate him for assignment. If no team claims Eldred, he will likely return to Toledo.
A lot has been written about the Delmon Young arrest and subsequent punishment. Everyone has an opinion, but the most intriguing perspective might come from his older brother and former Tiger Dmitri Young [via Tony Paul at The Detroit News]:
"I look at it from this standpoint," said Young, 38, who hit .292 in a 13-year major league career, including five mostly productive seasons in Detroit. "Maybe some of my actions growing up and being a big league ballplayer may have been the wrong thing to show him, in a sense of the invincibility factor.
"And so what he learned is what he saw. So I have apologized to him for showing him the wrong way."
Dmitri Young struggled with alcohol and substance abuse throughout his career which culminated in his release from the Tigers just before the team made their first trip to the playoffs in 19 years. Dmitri is now clean and is helping teach children about a better work ethic and living a healthy lifestyle. Paul's article is definitely worth a read in its entirety.
On Monday afternoon, Detroit Tigers troubled outfielder Delmon Young was suspended seven days by Major League Baseball for his involvement in a late night altercation outside his New York City hotel room that resulted in his subsequent arrest.
Young's suspension was retroactive to Friday when the Tigers put him on the restricted list, which means that he will be able to return to the lineup this Friday night against the Chicago White Sox. However, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will not be doing that. His comments via Michigan Local News outlet, Mlive.com:
"He needs to get back in the routine a little bit, out on the field taking fly balls, (batting practice) on the field and all that kind of stuff," he said to reporters. "It's very unlikely he'll play Friday. Now, would I put him in the game if I needed to? Sure. But he won't start Friday's game."
Leyland went on to express that he thinks Young will get back into the swing of things fairly quickly. The move doesn't appear to be disciplinary in the slightest; merely so that Young avoids injury.
"I think he'll be in there very shortly, but I want him to get back acclimated for a day," Leyland said. "It's not like he's been off that long, so I think you'll see him in the lineup real soon, but he will not be in the lineup to start Friday."
BREAKING: Tigers OF Delmon Young suspended 7 days for last week's incident in New York.— MLB (@MLB) April 30, 2012
Young was arrested last week outside of the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan after allegedly assaulting another man and yelling anti-Semitic slurs at him after a night of clubbing. He was placed on the restricted list by the Tigers Saturday morning in anticipation of the suspension.
Young is being charged with a hate crime and could face up to one year in prison if he is convicted. He was hitting .242 with 16 hits and 15 strikeouts in 66 at-bats so far this season.
The Detroit Tigers will be without outfielder Delmon Young for a bit longer than they've benched him for. The New York Post is reporting that Young will be suspended by the MLB for recent events that led to his arrest. It's unclear how long the suspension will last, but the report does site an incident that saw Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell suspended for two weeks after making homophobic slurs and using "foul language" towards San Francisco Giants fans in May.
That's comparable given the allegations against Young, which include hate crime harassment charges after shouting anti-Semitic phrases and allegedly shoving a tourist on Friday. Young's situation is a bit more serious of course, especially if anything comes of the shoving allegations. That being said, Young could still return - as it's been made clear that he'll return to the lineup if cleared to play.
Young was benched by the Tigers on Sunday and placed on the restricted list after being released on $5,000 bail on Friday night. According to the report, Young will undergo an alcohol and anger evaluation on Monday.
Before the Detroit Tigers' win on Saturday afternoon, General Manager Dave Dombrowski spoke briefly with the media about the arrest of his left fielder Delmon Young, who is facing a hate crime harassment charge following an alleged incident early Friday morning that led to his arrest.
"All I know, and I was there, is that the person was not in a very good state as far as his sobriety," Dombrowski said. "That is not a good situation. That's all I know. I do know that he was in a skirmish. I do know that. Beyond that, I don't know anything else. Those situations themselves are concerning and not what you would like to see.
"If the allegations are true, that is also concerning and not something you would like to see happen." [...]"I do know that some things that have been written are not accurate," he said. "I do know that. I'm not going to get into what they are and what they are not. But I do wholeheartedly know that because I read some articles in the paper this morning that are not accurate." [...]
"I know he's extremely remorseful, extremely apologetic," Dombrowski said. "Of course, you read his statements. I saw him at that point yesterday morning. He was apologetic at that time, although not in a very good state. But later on, he reached out to me and the organization, so I know that he's very apologetic and that there's no excuse for what he did."
Young will be evaluated on Monday and Dombrowski stressed that if he is cleared he will play.
Young was arraigned on hate crime harassment charges Friday after being arrested early Friday morning for shouting anti-Semitic epithets outside a hotel in New York. Young faces up to a year in jail if convicted.
In a statement, Young said,
"I sincerely regret what happened last night." He apologized to the Tigers owners and organization, his teammates, family and Detroit fans.
"I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player."
Young was off to a rough start this season. He was hitting .242 with 16 hits and 15 strikeouts in 66 at-bats.
Worth, who was recalled from Toledo, has appeared in three major league games this season. He has five at-bats with one hit and one strike out.
The restricted list is akin to the disabled list, but a player need not be injured to go on it.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young was arraigned on charges of hate crime harassment after a fight at his hotel during which police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets.
Young posted a $5,000 bond at a brief hearing in Manhattan court and was released less than an hour before the Tigers' game against the Yankees.
Young faces a misdemeanor aggravated harassment charge that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.
Young's defense attorney Daniel J. Ollen claims Young was reacting to something said by a group on the street. Ollen also mentioned that there is surveillance video of the incident which has yet to be seen which should shed more light on the incident. Young is due back in court on May 29th.
"I sincerely regret what happened last night. I apologize to everyone I affected, the Ilitch family, the Detroit Tigers’ organization, my teammates, my family, and the great Tigers’ fans that have supported me since day one. I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player."
Young is expected to be charged with a hate crime after allegedly screaming anti-Semitic slurs and pushing a man to the ground outside of The Hilton in New York City in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Young's attorney, Dan Ollen, also released a statement, saying all further communication regarding the matter would go through him.
"I represent Delmon Young with respect to the incident that occurred last night. With this matter now in the legal system, Delmon is unable to make any further statements or discuss this matter in further detail. All future press or investigative inquiries should be directed to me. Let me be clear, there are many false allegations regarding the actions of my client and I am confident that the legal process will separate fact from fiction and discredit these reports."
The Detroit Tigers have issued a statement regarding Delmon Young's arrest this morning while the MLB pledged to look into the situation. Here is the club's statement, via Chris Iott of the Detroit Free Press:
We are aware of the situation, however it is our club policy not to comment on pending legal matters. As we understand it, this is an allegation and we need to allow the legal process to take its course. It would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time. Per a provision in the Major League Baseball Basic Agreement, any allegation that involves alcohol is referred to MLB's Employee Assistance Program.
Young was arrested this morning following a physical altercation at a hotel in Manhattan in which Young allegedly yelled out anti-Semitic remarks. He is expected to be charged with a hate crime.
Young is hitting .242 with one home run and five RBIs so far this season. He is signed to a one-year contract for $6,725,000 and will become a free agent after the season.
After being arrested for instigating a brawl outside his New York City hotel early Friday morning, it is now believed that Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young may be charged with a hate crime as a result of the assault.
According to a report by the Detroit Free Press, Young engaged in an altercation with four men and a panhandler wearing a yarmulke, which is a skullcap worn by conservative and orthodox Jewish males. After an argument ensued, the panhandler left and Young followed one of the men into the hotel and continued the verbal dispute.
It is still unclear as to what was said or what started the altercation. Via the Free Press:
"Basically, there was an incident at the hotel (and) some anti-Semitic remarks," said Detective Joseph Cavitolo.
It is still unclear whether the victim is actually Jewish, but Cavitolo confirmed alcohol was involved.
As of Friday afternoon, Young was expected to face a charge of "aggravated harassment hate crime" and should be processed through central booking later on Friday.
Very early on Friday morning, Detroit Tigers outfielder and slugger was arrested for instigating a brawl in a New York hotel. Young pushed a man over on to the ground while highly intoxicated, mildly injuring the victim with scratches on his arm.
Young was given time to sober up at a hospital before being taken to the Police, but according to WXYZ's Tom Leyden on twitter there have been no charges filed against the slugger yet. He also reports that any charges filed against Young would be misdemeanor charges, likely due to the fact that the victim in the scenario had no serious injuries.
The Tigers have not released a statement on the incident or any potential punishment for Young yet.
Detroit Tigers slugger Delmon Young has been arrested after being caught in a brawl while intoxicated at a New York hotel.
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