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Young, who is 6 foot 2 inches, and 225 pounds, was charged with domestic violence instead of assault and battery, Heppner said, because the two had a long-term relationship.
mcqfesijiba wrote:DY sure isn't helping his own cause in the batter's box. He's 0 for his last 19 with 8 K's. It's hard to feel sorry for him with the way things have been going for him since last year (refusing to pinch hit among other things), but I actually do, albeit not very much. You can see it on his face in the games that he is pressing and realizes his job may be on the line. The team is in contention with a tougher schedule upcoming, so I'm interested in how the whole situation will play out.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Dmitri Young admitted Monday that his legal problems have affected his play. At the same time, Young expressed confidence that he'll soon be able to find his swing and contribute to the Detroit Tigers.
"It's going to come," said Young, who was out of the Tiger lineup for Monday night's 8-0 win over Kansas City. "Those who believe in me know it's going to come. I just don't not hit. I mean, I've had stretches, but usually my head has not been this clouded, either."
Young, who has been charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence, won't comment directly about the case, on advice of his attorney. He said Monday that what bothers him most is that it has affected his reputation.
"When your rep's on the line, I don't know how people deal with it," he said.
Young's case became public last Wednesday. He played for the Tigers Saturday and Sunday against Cincinnati, going 0-for-7 with three strikeouts to drop his average to .169. Manager Jim Leyland wouldn't commit to when Leyland will play again, saying Monday afternoon: "I'm going to pick my spots. Hopefully, he'll get it turned around."
To do that, Young admitted, he'll need to get the off-field issues out of his mind, at least while he's at the ballpark.
"I need to separate that," he said. "I need to. That's a given. But it's going to come."
The Tigers continue to hope it will. If it doesn't, their only probable option would be to release Young and eat the rest of his $8 million salary. Since they still believe that a healthy and productive Young is their best option, that seems unlikely anytime soon.
Young has already been arraigned on the domestic violence charge. A court date has been set, but it's not expected that Young will have to miss any games.
Seriously, for as much as I hated to see the Tigers get played by him last season. (I felt they should have benched him before he met his AB clause)
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