Predictably, when the Dodgers acquired Michael Young from the Phillies, sides were taken and lines were drawn in the sand. One side used stats to condemn the deal while the other side used hope as a basis to approve the deal.
I submit to both sides, here and now, that neither side knows what the hell they are talking about!
Statistics don’t play the game and feel good stories seldom hold up. Oh, you can have an opinion, but when you use stats to prove your point or the fact that Michael Young is a good guy who was once a very good player to prove your point misses the point.
What Michael Young did earlier in his career or the fact that he is a good teammate, or the fact that he is a seasoned professional, or the fact that he speaks fluent Spanish (and can converse with Yasiel Puig), or the fact that he is coming home to California, or the fact that he is likely playing for his last chance for a World Series ring means something, but it doesn’t mean everything.
What the stats say about Michael Young means something, but they don’t mean everything.
It’s silly to get into an argument about whether Michael Young is a good or bad addition to the Dodgers and here’s why: There is a month left in the season. What if Juan Uribe, who has been remarkably healthy this year, goes down with an injury? What if the same happens to Jerry Hairston or even Andre Ethier? What is Mark Ellis or Nick Punto is injured? We might be glad to have Young if for no other reason than to fill a seat.
It’s also silly because Bob Rasmussen had no future with the Dodgers and had very little value (think Eric Stults, but not as good). The Dodgers gave up nothing of value to get Mike Young.
It’s also silly to rely on stats, because while they often prove to be correct predictors of the future, they aren’t always the truth. For what it is worth, I am going to give you my opinion.
My opinion is that I HAVE NO CLUE, AND NEITHER DO YOU. Michael Young could continue down the path he has been on the past 2 years and add very little or just be another bat. However, sometimes “the perfect storm syndrome” can come into play.
Could it be that a good guy comes home, relates to Puig, wants a ring, elevates his game, plays out his a$$ and becomes the Dodgers #2 hitter and third baseman in the playoffs? It likely won’t happen, but that’s part of the beauty of baseball. You never know and you have no clue… neither do I!
All in all, it is a good risk because Young is “all in” to just being a bench player.