Dmitri Young, Washington Nationals' 33-year-old first baseman
Abilities / / He's a hitter. Hitters hit what's thrown to them. Throw him a pitch that's up or outside and he'll get his bat on the same plane, make contact and have a chance to get on base. He can't play first [well]. He's a hitter and he's interesting and he's exciting. But he is not even average [defensively].
Off-field issues / / Everyone has problems on or off the field. Scouts, in general, don't care about that stuff. You have a manager and coaching staff for a reason, to deal with that. The World Series is filled with guys who couldn't get along for some reason or another, but a manager's job is to get the best out of a team.
Overall / / He's always been a good hitter, and he is doing well for the Nationals. He is the type of free agent where everyone says, "Shoot. We should have gone after him."
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That's how many errors the New York Yankees committed in their first two games of the year - three in each contest. The last time the Yankees started a season with three errors or more in their first two games was 1926.
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