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Video: Michael Young Gets Thrown Out At Home Plate From 347 Feet Away

Jun 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


Michael Young Gets Thrown Out At Home Plate From 347 Feet Away could be the name of the video, but it could also just be a statement about Michael Young. That dude gets thrown out at home plate from 347 feet away.

Actually, that dude gets thrown out at home plate a lot, period. Pretty sure Young was gunned down something like three times over a four-day span during the Phillies’ epic 3-7 road trip, but none were more humiliating than this one in the first inning of Saturday’s 10-5 beatdown.

Give Carlos Gonzalez credit, he made one hell of a play just to barehand this Ryan Howard double after it caromed off the wall in the leftfield corner, let alone transition seamlessly into his crow hop. The throw was strong enough to overshoot all of his cutoff options and beat Young trying to score from the moon first base.

Nice tag by Willin Rosario as well.

What exactly is Ryne Sandberg thinking as a third-base coach out there? Michael Young is 36. He wasn’t all that fast when he was drafted in 1997. Sandberg has already sent Young to his demise twice by this point last week. Here he lets Meat go down on a ball that – no disrespect to CarGo’s throw – bounced its way to the catcher.

Not sure it really mattered in the grand scheme. Jonathan Pettibone got rocked again, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over just three frames of work. That’s the third rough start in the last four for the rookie – yet another bad sign for the Phillies.

  1. Jeremy - Jun 17, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Ever get the sense that everyone’s given up, including the coaches?

  2. willh888 - Jun 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    running over catchers just isn’t in their DNA anymore. You’re just not fast enough to fly by and dip your hand in there. Make the plate yours and catchers will think twice about diving across the plate like that. That whole attitude/effort is all but gone from this team. Play nice, throw out a few puffy quotes for reporters at your locker, get paid. That’s what’s going on any more with the majority of these guys. Sorry Cliff

    • BenE. - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Mike - Jun 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Michael Young trying to run over the catcher there would have a resulted in an out and a 15-day disabled list stay for Young.

      The only person benefiting from that would be Kevin Fransden.

      • BenE. - Jun 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I think if you don’t have the willingness to run over the catcher, especially with that build, you are selling yourself short to your team and its fans. Opponents have no problem running Ruiz and Kratz over.

  3. Stan - Jun 17, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I just hope this finally puts to bed the “Michael Young is a great base runner” sentiment. You cannot be a great base runner when you’re that slow.


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