Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Sometimes, I am amazingly impressed by the Phillies Nation community with their knowledge. The one-off-references and jabs provided on here and on Twitter are shining examples of how Philadelphia has among the most dedicated fans in baseball. An off-handed Don Money comment on Twitter resulted in several responses. Money was the starting third baseman for the Phillies in 1972 that Mike Schmidt ended up replacing despite the fact that Money was a pretty decent hitter and excellent defender. There will be more on that one in the future. Anyhow, in wading through old Phillies data on FanGraphs, I stumbled upon something that nobody has seemed to point out, something so big, so important, that I am now disappointed as a Phillies fan. No Phillies fan, to my knowledge, has yet made the joke that Michael Young is not the same Mike Young that played with the Phillies. I could be wrong, after all, the internet is a pretty big place, but I am genuinely disappointed at the lack of recall of Mike Young #1. Maybe not disappointed; after all, disappointed is the word most parents use to make their children know they really, really are upset. The somber approach. I guess I am not so much disappointed as I am surprised that nobody recalled or made reference to the first Mike Young, the decent, pretty-good-sometimes-but-never-great outfielder who was the Phillies’ prize in the 1988 Rick Schu and Jeff Stone-to-Baltimore trade. Young’s time in Philadelphia was so brief that it was easy to miss him. Young wore what would be John Kruk‘s 19 and hit .226/.343/.342 in 175 PA through August 1988 as a Phillie. Young had shown a brief flash of great potential in his age 24 and 25 seasons with the Orioles, posting 2.6 and 3.6 fWAR seasons in 1984 and 1985 respectively. By 1987, Young’s power was zapped and his OBP had decreased to .328. Young obviously was not the player that he was in 1985 for the Phillies in 1988 but it was worth the risk to swap for Stone, whose never-reached potential put him on many-a-Phillie fans’ despised list, and Schu, a 26-year old reserve third baseman who played just above replacement-level in his first go-round in Philadelphia. Young’s contributions to the team were small, one of many small contributions to one of the worst Phillies’ teams of not only that era but of all time. The 1988 Phils under Lee Elia went just 65-96, a 14.5 game drop-off from 1987′s record. Amazingly, this was not good enough for last place in all of the National League – that mark belonged to the Braves, who went 54-106, good enough for the league to ignore two rained out games. With the internet being as big and vast as it is, I’m sure someone had made the connection, either via a joke or some sort of Tweet. Personally, with all of the folks making the “Phillies just keep getting older joke”, I would have went the “Phillies are getting so old, they picked up a 52 year-old outfielder” route, but that’s just me.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chris Johnson: I’d be a good fit with Cowboys

Dansby on Manziel: 'He's grown up right before our eyes'

Gregg Popovich reportedly makes $11 million per year

Stephen Strasburg is hurt again

Mayweather has message for Pacquiao about injured shoulder

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Has Blake Griffin taken the next step?

Mike Evans liked Winston more than Mariota

Ernie Johnson gives his Emmy to Stuart Scott’s daughters

Titus Young avoids prison, receives probation

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland to golf community

Ex sues Mayweather for $20M for lying in Couric interview

WATCH: Olympian uses javelin to pull out daughter's tooth

The brewing dispute over Alex Rodriguez’s bonuses

NCAA to hold record 42 bowl games next season

Mike Wallace: 'I'm the fastest player in the NFL'

Ty Lawson could be trade target for Celtics

WATCH: Zack Greinke does great bat flip after hitting double

WATCH: Fan uses beer as ice pack after being hit by ball

La'el Collins reportedly has 'airtight alibi' in murder case

WATCH: Stephen Curry nails shot from hallway prior to game

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

No homers, no problem for Cubs' Kris Bryant

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brewing dispute over A-Rod’s bonuses

Top eight NFL free agents on the market

Eagles' Chip Kelly & Sam Bradford: In like, but not love

Manziel moves from downtown Cleveland

Making sense of the AL East pile-up

Chris Bosh on blood clot diagnosis: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

Projecting the All-Star Game rosters

Tiger hasn't slept in three days since Lindsey Vonn breakup

2015 NBA Draft big board, first edition

Eliminate Hack-A-Player: Don't reward violating sports rules

No easy solution to the problem of early NFL draft entrants

What’s next for the Spurs?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.