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What happened to Mike Young?


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Mike Young was a little before my time in terms of baseball-watching, but I was always interested in him as a kid because he was an Oriole and I knew from my baseball cards that he had hit 28 HR in a season, which was a lot back then (and it becoming a lot now again).

He was 25 that season, and put up an OPS+ of 136. The year before he had finished 5th in the ROY voting with an OPS+ of 119.

Following that 1985 season, he put up very pedestrian numbers and evenutally was out of baseball by age 30.

So those of you who followed the team - what happened? Did he get injured? Just an early peaker?

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  • 3 weeks later...

Young was, for my money, the most disappointing Oriole of all time. He came to the majors and showed all the tools in 1984 then had a great 1985.

Wayne Gross was a notorious daylight hitter. Young was just the opposite and put up much better numbers at night.

In the same era, Larry Sheets and Floyd Rayford fell off the table as hitters, which wasn't surprising given their horrid strike-zone judgment, but Young had good discipline, he just seemed to foget how to hit exactly as he should have been peaking.

I don't recall any recurring injuries for Young, nor any insinuation of drug use as there was with Sammy Stewart, but after sub-par years in 1986 and 1987 the O's traded him for Jeff Stone, Rick Schu, and Keith Hughes. Those 3 would make a significant contribution to the Orioles 107 losses in 1988.

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What happened to Mike Young ???

This is an interview with Mike Young from September of 2013:

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