Michael Young: Phillies introduce new third baseman to masses

Young hasn’t played much third in recent seasons, but the Phillies are relying on him there every day.

“Nice.”

That is what a visibly pleased Michael Young said when Ruben Amaro Jr. slipped on his Phillies jersey during yesterday’s press conference. We’ll see if fans say the same when Young is fielding ground balls at third base next season.

Amaro believes the faithful should be full of seasonal cheer when it comes to Young, who has played his entire 12-year career with Texas.

“As far as Mike playing third base, it wasn’t that long ago we had questions about Placido Polanco [playing third],” Amaro said. “I know Michael, at various parts of his career, has been a Gold Glove caliber defender.”

That hasn’t been so recently since Young has been a designated hitter and played all over the Rangers’ infield. Young, 36, believes that focusing on one position will be beneficial for him.

“I think my time at third will be easier,” Young said. “The difference is that I will devote all of my time to one spot. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of reps at one position.”

If Young plays a solid third, he should help the team considerably since he provides what could be a potent right-handed bat.

Young had a subpar 2012 (.277, 67 RBIs). However, he is one season removed from leading the AL in hits with 213. He hit .338 and drove in 106 runs in 2011. If Young can match those numbers, fans should be pleased.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be a member of this organization,” Young said. “I’ve always had a ton of respect not only for the success they’ve had but for their fan base and their ownership group and just a nonstop commitment to acquire a ton of talent here.”

What else?

   

When asked if he would add another outfield piece (Cody Ross?), Ruben Amaro coyly replied, “We’re still trolling through the possibility of adding another piece there.”

   

“And we’re also considering the possibility with a double platoon,” he added.


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