April 21, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young (21) hit a RBI single during the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
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Are Delmon Young's problems related to his underachievement in the big leagues? Will Danny Worth be next year's second baseman? Is there trouble in Motown? These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Perhaps no separating Young's social maladjustment, underachievement -- CBSSports.com, Jon Heyman
"Since he began playing baseball for money, Delmon Young has never lived up to seemingly limitless potential while exhibiting extraordinary anger and bad judgment. Jon Heyman says there likely is no separating the two." I'm not excusing what Young did, but this article is so infuriating.
Is Danny Worth Next Year's Second Baseman? -- Motor City Bengals, Chris Hannum
"A lot of guys (even guys we didn't expect a heck of a lot for) have been hot in Toledo lately: Brad Eldred (who just got called up) obviously, but also ... Danny Worth."
As dissonant as it may seem, unlike Brandon Inge, Delmon Young probably isn't going anywhere -- theoaklandpress.com, Matthew B. Mowery
An awesome piece by Mowery. Definitely recommend giving it a read if you haven't already.
Justin Verlander meets one of his biggest fans at MLB Fan Cave -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Just in case you didn't see this during the game Saturday, it's a pretty cool video of Justin Verlander's trip to the MLB Fan Cave.
Every Ten Games: Twenty Games In -- DesigNate Robertson
Rogo's assessment of the last 10 games. It might only be April, but things haven't been pretty. Like, at all.
Trouble in Motown: Tigers no sure thing -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
"The Detroit Tigers lineup on Sunday featured 31-year-old minor league veteran Brad Eldred, who last played regularly in the majors in 2005, hitting fifth. He was followed by Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago, Gerald Laird and Danny Worth. You're not going to beat CC Sabathia with that group." Ummm, OK.
Brandon Inge has been released -- Roar of the Tigers, Samara Pearlstein
Samara's latest cartoon features none other than the recently departed -- and recently acquired by the A's -- Brandon Inge.
No No’s and Major League Call Up’s -- The Minor League Report
The Minor League Report is a weekly podcast. This week's episode discusses -- among other things -- the Brad Eldred call up. Give it a listen and give them some good feedback! Thanks to AL for passing the link along!
Around the AL Central:
Chen Awful, Game Lost Before It Really Got Started -- Royals Review
"Following a rain-out on Saturday, the Royals had a chance to pull two games ahead of the last place Twins and pull their winning percentage up to .333."
Elsewhere in baseball:
Home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg tackled a fan last night -- HardballTalk, D.J. Short
Hey, Jeff Kellogg, the Detroit Lions are looking for some help with their run defense. Are you available?
The Ethics Of Foul Balls -- Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
This happened to a little boy next to me at a spring training game this year. It took everything I had not to body slam the person who took it from him.
Bryce Harper debut: The 10 best moments -- Big League Stew, David Brown
I feel dirty for linking to this, but ugh, this kid is good. Not sure he's quite deserving of a 10 best moments in MLB debut post yet, but whatever. Let the record show, however, that I still do not like him.