December 06, 2011
Don't call it a week for comebacks.
Well, actually, at the rate we're going maybe we should.
On Sunday, we learned of Manny Ramirez's plans to return to Major League Baseball. That announcement came just hours before the winter meetings officially kicked off. Now, several writers stationed at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas are reporting that 38-year-old Dmitri Young(notes) — last seen with the Washington Nationals in 2008 — is also eyeing a return to the big leagues after complications from diabetes derailed his playing career.
According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, Young is currently in Dallas making the rounds, letting teams know of his availability. He also notes that Young has trimmed down to a healthy 230 pounds — 70 pounds less than his playing weight in '08. That's a truly significant weight loss and an obvious indication the man known as Da Meat Hook has worked hard to not only get healthy, which is the most important thing, but to also get himself back into playing shape.
My hat is off to him for that.
If his performance in the Venezuelan League is any indication, his hopeful return will be a real longshot. In a 20-game stint with Caribes de Anzoategui, Young struggled to gain traction going 11-for-66 (.167). Those numbers will not do much to attract potential suitors, but really, just being on the field, being healthy, and having the opportunity to knock off some rust is something to build on. It may not have opened eyes, but it can't hurt either if he's willing to continue pushing forward.
Will someone give him a shot to continue making that push in spring training?
If we must speculate, the Detroit Tigers would seem like a good place to start. Young spent three of his more productive seasons (2003-2005) with the Tigers, and might also have the opportunity to play alongside younger brother Delmon Young(notes) in that scenario. But again, that's baseless speculation, so we'll quickly move on to ask you the following question.
Which comeback "kid" is more likely to end up on a 25-man roster in 2012: Da Meat Hook or Man Ram?